2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education Teacher Education (Pre K-12), B.S.P.E.

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The physical education teacher education (PETE) program prepares candidates for a teaching career in school-based PreK-12 South Carolina licensure, provides a fundamental understanding of the science of movement, the development and analysis of motor skills, and the art of teaching a physically active lifestyle. The program provides sequential field experiences built on conceptual and theoretical knowledge and culminates in a full semester of teaching physical education under the supervision of university and school faculty. Nationally recognized and fully accredited by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) National Standards, the curriculum produces graduates who have the necessary skills, knowledge, and dispositions to teach all children successfully.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the requirements for a degree in physical education teacher education (PreK-12) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of common and specialized content, and scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective preK-12 physical education program.
  2. Be physically literate individuals who can demonstrate skillful performance in physical education content areas and health-enhancing levels of fitness.

  3. Apply content and foundational knowledge to plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and/or SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education through the effective use of resources, accommodations and/or modifications, technology, and metacognitive strategies to address the diverse needs of all students.

  4. Engage students in meaningful learning experiences through effective use of pedagogical skills. They use communication, feedback, and instructional and managerial skills to enhance student learning.

  5. Select and implement appropriate assessments to monitor students’ progress and guide decision making related to instruction and learning.

  6. Demonstrate behaviors essential to becoming effective professionals. They exhibit professional ethics and culturally competent practices; seek opportunities for continued professional development; and demonstrate knowledge of promotion/advocacy strategies for physical education and expanded physical activity opportunities that support the development of physically literate individuals. 

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (3-6+ Credits) *  

Foundation Courses (36-43 Credits) *

Major Requirements (44 Credits)

Electives (0-4 Credits)

Total Credits Required: 120+

+ Students are advised to be aware that strict adherence to the prescribed courses as recommended by their advisers is necessary for graduation within 120 credit hours. If the student cannot or does not follow the required coursework and sequence, more than 120 credit hours will be necessary for meeting all program requirements.

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