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Physical Education Teacher Education

The blended Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Master of Science program is designed for physical education professionals who already possess initial teaching certification in physical education (or related field). This format is ideal for teachers and coaches with demanding schedules who need to balance work, family, and continue their education. The hybrid format allows students to complete online courses during spring and fall semesters and blended courses (online and two weeks on-campus) during the summers. Practical applications of research-based and developmentally appropriate teaching practices are embedded within online and on-campus courses.

Students enrolled in the program evaluate their teaching effectiveness using research informed methods, examine standards-based curriculum and assessment strategies, explore the possibilities of technology in PE, engage with learners with diverse physical, mental, and emotional needs, and extend their understanding of fitness education for K-adult learners. Normal time to complete is two years, including four semesters and three summers.

The program has been approved as a part of Southern Regional Electronic College and therefore will be offered at in-state tuition. This program is NOT a teaching licensure program.

Course Delivery Options

Blended, On-campus, or Online

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Personal Statement, 2 Letters of recommendation, Copy of current teaching certificate

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Prospective students must meet the below criteria to be considered for admission:

1. Minimum undergraduate GPA (on a 4-point scale) of 2.75. If a student has a GPA of 2.5 or above, provisional admission is possible with approval of the program faculty.

2. Certified teacher

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​February 1

Fall Deadline

​March 1

Summer Deadline

​February 1

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, Personal Statement, 2 Letters of recommendation, Copy of current teaching certificate

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students must meet the below criteria to be considered for admission:

1. Minimum undergraduate GPA (on a 4-point scale) of 2.75. If a student has a GPA of 2.5 or above, provisional admission is possible with approval of the program faculty.

2. Certified teacher

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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