2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Physical Education Teacher Education (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Tracy Nelson, Coordinator
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Wagner Hall 139, Box 2275A

Program Information

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of common and specialized content, and scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective preK-12 physical education program. (Cross Curricular Skills: Foundational Lifelong Learning Skills)
  • 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. (Cross Curricular Skills: Information Literacy; Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity)
  • 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. (Cross Curricular Skills: Teamwork; Ethical Reasoning; Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity)
  • Are able to select and implement appropriate assessments to monitor students’ progress and guide decision making related to instruction and learning. (Cross Curricular Skill: Teamwork)
  • 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 (Cross Curricular Skills: Ethical Reasoning; Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity)

Program Application

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.

Program Assessment

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.

Academic Requirements

  • 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


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
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.

Requirements for Physical Education Teacher Education Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences 

System General Education Requirements

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements

Health and Nutritional Sciences Department Requirements

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements 4 Credit Hours
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences Requirements 3 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 80 Credit Hours
Electives** 3 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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