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Division of Health & Exercise Science

Jenna Otto

Administrative Program Assistant

Phone: (503) 838-8908


The physical education teacher education program prepares you to teach physical education in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Students successfully completing the physical education teacher education (P.E.T.E.) coursework and teacher licensure requirements will earn a B.S. in Education, Oregon teaching license, and Physical Education Endorsement. This means you’ll be authorized to teach P.E. in K-12 schools. Learn more about teacher licensure.

You’ll complete the P.E.T.E. courses during your first three years and the professional licensure program (student teaching) during your final year. In the licensure program, you’ll work directly with kindergarten and elementary-aged children, teach grade six physical education at a local middle school, and complete 45 hours of school-based early field experience.

P.E.T.E. courses focus on contemporary physical activity pedagogy and instructional models. Topics covered include:

  • Movement Education / Skill Themes
  • Dance Education
  • Teaching Games for Understanding / Tactical Games Model
  • Sport Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Adventure Education
  • Fitness Education
  • Teaching Personal & Social Responsibility

Students wishing to pursue teacher licensure in physical education at the graduate level should complete the B.S. in Exercise Science degree (Pre-Education Track) and then apply to the M.A. in Teaching program.