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Physical Education Teacher Education

administrative contact

Lindsay B. Augustine
lindsay.augustine@mail.wvu.edu
phone: 304-293-3393

program contact

Andrea Taliaferro
andrea.taliaferro@mail.wvu.edu
phone: 304-293-0852
fax: 304-293-4641

Program Details

Program Description

Physical educators make an impact on the health, well-being and quality of life of future generations. The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares students to teach, motivate and shape the lives of Pre-K through adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness and sport-based environments.

Students in the PETE program learn to use and integrate technology into their class work, gain hands-on, real-world experience and learn how to design and deliver physical education programs. Graduates are eligible for dual certification in PreK-adult Physical Education and 5-12 Health Education.

Program graduates are physical activity and wellness leaders in their schools, communities and states who promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults alike. The WVU PETE faculty is proud of the strong undergraduate PETE program that is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Career Profile

Graduates teach and coach in schools and colleges across the United States and around the world. Some teach in institutions that offer specialized programming for those with severe impairments and disabilities. Graduates also work in summer camps and resorts, health spas, hospitals, senior citizen centers and other places that offer physical education and physical activity programs. Some physical education teachers become interscholastic sport coaches (middle school and secondary school teams) or youth sport coaches for community-based programs.

With additional education and experience, physical education instructors can become school department heads or directors of physical education with school systems, counties or districts. Some physical education teachers become principals and school administrators. Physical education instructors with proven skills and a doctoral degree may become physical education teacher educators in colleges and universities. WVU offers master’s and doctoral degrees in Physical Education Teacher Education.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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Prospective students should apply online at:
apply.wvu.edu.

Accreditation

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The WVU Physical Education Teacher Education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDOE).