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Are you a teaching professional with a demanding schedule, who needs to balance work and family with higher education? The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) degree is offered fully online and is a part-time program for teachers seeking professional development and career advancement. Skills you will learn include: designing and implementing comprehensive school activity programs; creating evidence-based curriculum and instructional models in physical education and sport; integrating instructional technology in the gymnasium, classroom and sports arena; and implementing physical activity programs for school-aged children.
The curriculum is aligned with advanced teaching standards (Professional Knowledge, Practice and Leadership) established by the Society for Health and Physical Educators.
The online courses in this program are taught by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. This is a non-licensure program in West Virginia, however, and does not provide initial teaching certification in physical education as it is based on national advanced teaching standards. Prior to enrolling in this program, students who are seeking a pathway to an initial teaching license are encouraged to check with their state departments of education to see if the plan of study meets their requirements for an alternative certification pathway (see the WVDE Alternative Certification Program as an example).
The Physical Education Teacher Education degree from the College of Applied Human Sciences prepares teaching professionals to lead healthy and active schools or to work with students in community recreation centers or sports arenas. All students will complete a 30-hour curriculum that incorporates research methodology, instructional technology, assessment standards, motor development for special populations, principles of effective teaching, school physical activity, and supervision and advocacy. The unique sequencing of theoretical courses and applied labs allows teachers to apply concepts immediately with learners in their own K-12 classrooms.
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Thank you for your interest in the Physical Education Teacher Education M.S. program at West Virginia University! Attend a Virtual Information Session and learn more about the Physical Education Teacher Education M.S. program on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
As a graduate of the WVU with a degree in business administration, Kelly understands your needs and is here to support and simplify the enrollment process for you. You can have open and honest discussions with her about how your passion in life can become your career. Contact Kelly today!
Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. They should 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.
No GRE is required. International students must submit TOEFL scores.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until August 1 for a fall term start, December 15 for a spring term start, and May 1 for a summer term start.
Learn more about student and faculty experiences in the Online Physical Education Teacher Education program.
“Being that I am a PE teacher, I felt that this would increase my knowledge and help me to become a better PE teacher. They helped me in so many ways.”
"There were many professionals that were so helpful during my time in the M.S. PETE program. When I progressed through the program at WVU, I was not only taking notes to pass my courses, I was also taking notes on how to be a professor."
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. Please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or financialaid.wvu.edu for additional information.
The Physical Education Teacher Education M.S. requires 30 credit hours to
complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.
$19,650 – Residents and Non-Residents
|PET 515||Research Methodology in Physical Education||3|
|PET 545||Standards-Based Assessment in Physical Education||3|
|PET 565||Curriculum in Physical Education||3|
|PET 573||Instructional Technology in Sport and Physical Education||2|
|PET 574||Curriculum in Physical Education - Advanced Laboratory||2|
|PET 575||Effective Teaching in Physical Education - Advanced Laboratory||2|
|PET 576||Motor Development for Special Populations - Advanced Laboratory||2|
|PET 577||School Physical Activity and Technology - Advanced Laboratory||2|
|PET 580||School Physical Activity||3|
|PET 581||Motor Development in Special Populations||3|
|PET 583||Principles of Effective Teaching||3|
|PET 585||Physical Education Supervision and Advocacy||2|
Total Hours: 30
The Physical Education Teacher Education degree from the College of Applied Human Sciences prepares teaching professionals to lead healthy and active schools or to work with students in community recreation centers or sports arenas.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with a Physical Education Teacher Education M.S. degree will prepare themselves for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities open to you with this degree.
Adapted Physical Education Specialists
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook
Physical Education Professors
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook
Coaches and Scouts
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook
Education Administrators - Elementary and Secondary
Projected Growth: 4-6%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational information network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and TrainingAdministration (USDOL/ETA).
Since we require 30 credits to complete the program, it will take as little as two years to complete. Since its online, students can take their time with each course based on their availability.
There are many career paths a student could take with a Physical Education Teacher Education Master’s Degree, including:
Curious about which careers would yield the highest salary? Here are the following highest-paid jobs in the Physical Education Teacher field: