Physical Education Teacher Education M.S.

May 13, 2019
Next Start Date
Per Credit Hour


The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) degree, offered by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Science, is offered fully online and designed for teachers with demanding schedules who need to balance work, family, and education. The curriculum is aligned with advanced teaching standards (Professional Knowledge, Practice and Leadership) established by the Society for Health and Physical Educators and is ideal for teachers seeking professional development and career advancement. The unique sequencing of theoretical courses and applied labs allows teachers to apply concepts immediately with learners in their own K-12 classrooms. Some states and school districts may provide an endorsement for certified teachers upon completion of the program and after passing content area exams such as the PRAXIS II. This is a non-licensure program in WV, however, and does not provide initial teaching certification in physical education.


*This is not a licensure program and will not provide initial teaching certification in physical education.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Applicant must:

  • Have an earned a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have access to youth (children and adolescents) in school-based physical education or community physical activity/sports settings throughout the duration of the program for course assignments and follow-up application tasks

*Students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.75 or lower; however, provisional students must earn a 3.0 in the first 9 hours of coursework to continue in the program.

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Provide current resume highlighting professional background and qualifications. Preference is given to individuals who are certified teachers or certified eligible.
  • Submit professional goal statement: 1-2 written pages on professional goals and reasons for seeking admission
  • No GRE scores required
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) for undergraduate and graduate study and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


    official electronic transcripts to

International students must submit TOEFL scores.


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Tuition and Fees

for academic year Spring 2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


*Student must pay for all credits taken



The goals of this curriculum include enhanced Professional Knowledge, Practice, and Leadership for advanced teachers. The curriculum is designed for busy professionals who are balancing the demands of their family, work, and continuing education. Courses are generally eight weeks in length, enabling learners to focus their attention on a single course at a time so that they can balance family, work, and school. Theory-based courses are also followed by applied courses which allows for the immediate application of content learned in K-12 school settings. The ultimate measure of our program's effectiveness is the impact on K-12 learners in your schools.


All programs are focused on the application of content in applied work settings (no thesis required).



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Spring 2019

PET 565 Curriculum in PE (3)
PET 574 Curriculum in PE Advanced Lab (2)

Summer 2019

PET 515 Research Methodology in PE (3)
PET 585 PE Supervision & Advocacy (2)

Fall 2019

PET 580 School Physical Activity (3)
PET 577 School Physical Activity & Tech Advanced Lab (2)

Spring 2020

PET 581 Motor Development in Special Pops (3)
PET 576 Motor Development in Special Pops Advanced Lab (3)

Summer 2020

PET 545 Standards-based Assessment in PE (3)
PET 573 Instructional Technology in Sport & PE (2)

Fall 2020

PET 583 Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
PET 575 Effective Teaching in PE Advanced Lab (2)

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Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Physical Education Teacher Education M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Adapted Physical Education Specialist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Administrator - Elementary & Secondary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Administrator - Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Middle School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Physical Education Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook


Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).