The mission of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program is to graduate entry-level professional physical educators who possess a personal and professional commitment to physical education, and will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote learning in the area of physical education. The PETE Program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and one of the top programs for physical education majors in the state of Illinois.
Students receive a standards-based curriculum in the areas of effective teaching (pedagogy), assessment, technique and theory courses, curriculum development, organization and administration, and in-school field experiences. The curriculum instills the importance and value of quality physical education programs for schools, communities, and society. In addition, students engage and reflect on a variety of integrative learning experiences which positively impact self, youth, schools, and the community.
The K-12 Physical Education Teaching Emphasis requires that students follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention, and Graduation from Teacher Certification programs as described in the "Teacher Certification Programs" section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students are required to attend. Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Certification programs can be found at the College of Education.
All students must pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year. In addition, students must pass the Physical Education State Content Test prior to student teaching. Furthermore, students must receive a "C" or better in all coursework and maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.