Tracy Nelson, Coordinator
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Wagner Hall 139, Box 2275A
A major in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) is intended to prepare teacher candidates for entry into public and private PK-12 education settings. Upon completion of the PETE curriculum, the successful completion of student teaching, and the requisite Praxis II content and licensure exams, teacher candidates are eligible to apply for teacher licensure in South Dakota and other states. In addition to completing the courses required of the curriculum, teacher candidates will complete field and clinical experiences related to their coursework, beginning with the first semester they are officially admitted to the PETE program. These experiences are in addition to those field experiences that are part of the Teacher Education program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Physical Education Teacher Education major, teacher candidates:
- will demonstrate an understanding of common and specialized content, and scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective preK-12 physical education program.
- are physically literate individuals who can demonstrate skillful performance in physical education content areas and health-enhancing levels of fitness.
- are able to apply content and foundational knowledge to plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education through the effective use of resources, accommodations, and/or modifications, technology and metacognitive strategies to address the diverse needs of all students.
- will engage students in meaningful learning experiences through effective use of pedagogical skills. They use communication, feedback, and instructional and managerial skills to enhance learning.
- are able to select and implement appropriate assessments to monitor students’ progress and guide decision making related to instruction and learning.
- demonstrate behaviors essential to becoming effective professionals. They exhibit professional ethics and culturally competent practices; seek opportunities for continued professional development; and demonstrate knowledge of promotion/advocacy strategies for physical education and expanded physical activity opportunities that support the development of physically literate individuals (National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education, 2017, SHAPE America).
Admission to the PETE program requires completion and submission of an official PETE program application. The application is due to the PETE Coordinator no later than February 1, and can be obtained from the PETE Coordinator or the PETE Professional Advisor.
Specific requirements for admission include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, minimum grade of C in ENGL 101 , SPCM 101 , MATH 114 , and enrolled in or completion of (with a minimum C) PE 185-185L . Application decisions are determined in time for early registration for the following fall semester. Students will either be fully accepted or accepted pending receipt of spring grades. If you have questions about this policy, please contact the PETE Coordinator.
Technical standards and elements from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education aid in development of assessments used throughout the PETE program. Teacher candidates are assessed frequently on performance as well as teaching and Professional Dispositions. These assessments are kept on file as part of the PETE assessment program. Additionally, the PETE Coordinator monitors semester and cumulative GPA and communicates with teacher candidates.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 103 or higher (if these courses are in your plan of study), and all courses for the major (classes with department/program prefix).
- An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to enroll in any education courses.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
- Completion of an approved bachelor’s K-12 preparation program.
- Completion of an approved Indian Studies course.
- Pass the state designated content knowledge test or 2.7 GPA in content major coursework.
- Pass the state designated pedagogy test.
- Completion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, available free online through the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Apply online with the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Written recommendation from institution of higher education (SDSU) verifying program completion.
Course Delivery Format
The program provides instruction through traditional classroom settings, hybrid and distance learning (on-line) settings, as well as classes that mix of classroom, lab and field/clinical experiences.