Teacher Certification in Physical Education

Teacher Certification in Physical Education

  I chose physical education because my goal is to become a physical education teacher and coach.  When I was young I enjoyed playing games and doing different activities in P.E.  Now, I hope to influence other children to get involved with sports and to have them pay personal attention to their fitness.  -Rashelle Carr/Duncan, OK

The USAO Physical Education Teacher Certification Program is offered through the Division of Science and Physical Education and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is prepare individuals to become effective physical education teachers and to obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in physical education. This program a standards-based program, based on the standards and guidelines put forth by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the State Competencies, and the findings from "Effective Teacher" research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what physical education teachers should know and do.

Individuals successfully completing this program are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate and teach physical education in grades PK-12. Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified. It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state.

A program checklist for a degree in physical education with teacher certification is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in physical education should consult Dr. Nancy Osborn, the physical education advisor.

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Satisfied the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
  • Satisfied the Professional Portfolio Requirement
  • Admission to the Professional Trimester
  • Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
  • 2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
  • Successful Completion of Certification Exams
  • Completion of the courses to the right
  • Required for Coaching Endorsement: PHED 2313 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.

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