Knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote learning in the area of physical education.
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.
"I am a Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education teacher at Dunlap High School. I also coach football, basketball, and track. The teachers that I had at EIU definitely had the greatest impact on me. Through their own willingness to go above and beyond to help me achieve my goals, the teachers that I had at EIU taught me the importance of caring for students and forming long-lasting positive relationships with them."Tyler Jakse (B.S. 2016)
"I teach k-8 physical education at a Title one school in Phoenix Arizona. I am thankful for the small class sizes and one on one attention from my professors. I received a solid foundation of knowledge and I was afforded various teaching experiences that prepared me well for my career. "Jenna Stokes (B.S. 2017)
"I teach K-8 Physical Education at Armstrong-Ellis Grade School and High School Physical Education/Health at Armstrong Township High School. I also coach high school basketball and baseball. Eastern did an awesome job of preparing me for the next step as a teacher. The small class sizes allowed me to build relationships with my professors and peers that I use today and will continue to use in the future. I couldn’t have picked a better place to further my education and help me obtain my dream of becoming a Physical Education Teacher. EI-EI-EIU! "Wade Rogers (B.S. 2018)
"After I graduated from EIU, I accepted a job teaching strength and conditioning, and coaching golf, basketball, and baseball. My responsibilities at the school are to teach 4 PE strength periods every day, as well as two health classes and one CO-ED PE. I am the Head Golf Coach and assist the high school boys basketball and baseball programs. EIU gave a realistic approach to teaching and what you will be doing as soon as you graduate. I feel that the program prepared me extremely well for taking a job as a teacher. The physical education program stresses active engagement and providing students with an equal opportunity for improvement and those are the main things I have taken from the program in order to implement a quality curriculum. What I feel that EIU focused the most on is the daily grind that you go through as a teacher.”Lucas Hunt (B.S. 2018)