Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education

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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.

Admissions Requirements

Have 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.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $607.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $607
3 $1,821
6 $3,642
9 $5,463

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: August 21, 2019    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education ?

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.

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).

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

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