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Physical Education Teacher Education

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Physical Education Teacher Education

Teaching Major

The Physical Education Teacher Education major provides knowledge, skills and abilities to students who are interested in becoming physical education teachers in K-12 schools. Coursework includes skill classes designed to teach candidates how to teach the content that forms the basis of physical education in schools as well as refine their personal skills in those areas. Content also provides candidates with knowledge to develop curriculum, organize and administer physical education and sport programs, work with children with special/diverse needs, work in recreational settings, and teach dance and health in K-12 schools. Content also provides the science basis for the discipline, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning.

With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. This major also leads to employment opportunities in areas such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and recreation programs. Application for admission into the Physical Education teaching emphasis is required and can begin during the Spring semester of freshman year, providing PE 180, ENGL 101 and SPCM 101have been completed (with a minimum grade of "C") or are in progress during the time of application. Additional admission requirements are available from the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Coordinator.

For more information contact:

Tracy Nelson, EdD
Phone: 605-688-4034
E-mail: Tracy.Nelson@sdstate.edu