Physical Education

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares its majors to become certified K-12 physical education teachers. Students who major in PETE can expect classes that focus on educational theory, scientific content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, as well as skill and fitness development.

PETE majors are lucky to have classes in which they listen to lectures, have fun, work in relevant labs, practice teaching both peers and public school students, and participate in activity-type classes.

For more information, visit the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health.

  • Goals Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Physical Education teacher candidates will possess thorough and accurate knowledge of the content they teach. 1.1 Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
     2. Physical Education teacher candidates possess broad motor skill and fitness based competence. 2.1 Physical Education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health, enhancing fitness as delineated in the Specialized Program Assessment body for the Physical Education Teacher Education.

    3. Physical Education teacher candidates plan, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of students. 

    3.1 Physical Education teacher candidates will demonstrate competence as effective long-range instructional planners.

    3.2 Physical Education teacher candidates will demonstrate competence as effective daily instructional planners.

    3.3 Physical Education teacher candidates will demonstrate competence in the areas of student assessment and reflective self-assessment.

    4. Physical Education teacher candidates are well-prepared to maximize student learning in the classroom through instructional delivery and monitoring of student learning.

    4.1 Physical Education teacher candidates establish, clearly communicate, and maintain appropriate expectations for students learning, participation, and responsibility.

    4.2 Physical Education teacher candidates will demonstrate effective use of appropriate instructional strategies.

    4.3 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate ability to select appropriate content and structure the delivery of the content for maximal learning.

    4.4 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate the ability to effectively monitor student learning and provide meaningful feedback to students.

    5. Physical Education teacher candidates have the ability to promote student learning by enhancing classroom environment and managing the classroom effectively.

    5.1 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate the ability to maintain a classroom environment that promotes and facilitates learning.

    5.2 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate the ability to manage their classrooms effectively with equity, firmness, and fairness.

    6. Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate the personal dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

    6.1 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate the ability to develop as a teacher both professionally and personally.

    6.2 Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate comprehensive 

  • The curriculum for the USC Upstate PETE majors is challenging, engaging, practical, and fun. Students learn practical ways to be great physical education teachers from highly qualified professors as well as top physical education teachers in the Spartanburg School Districts.

  • Spartanburg School Districts are aware of the quality physical education majors we produce at USC Upstate. Most Upstate PETE majors get jobs teaching physical education soon after they graduate. Those who don’t get jobs teaching physical education right away have the opportunity to work as substitute teachers.

  • PETE students will spend 100 hours of observation in public schools and businesses before they even student teach. 35 hours of observation will occur at a public elementary school, 35 hours will occur at a public high school or middle school, 15 hours will occur at McCarthy Teszler, and 15 hours will occur at the children’s center at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.