Program faculty and students in the Physical Education Teacher Education Program work under the well-documented premise that a physically active lifestyle is an integral component of an individual's well-being and is perhaps their best form of health insurance. The skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for a physically active and healthy lifestyle are best developed when interwoven within the school-based educational setting and delivered by highly qualified teachers.
The B.S. degree in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) prepares candidates for a teaching career in school-based PreK-12 physical education and physical activity. The PETE program, leading to PreK-12 South Carolina licensure, provides a fundamental understanding of the science of movement, the development and analysis of motor skills, and the art of teaching a physically active lifestyle. The program provides sequential field experiences built on conceptual and theoretical knowledge and culminates in a full semester of teaching physical education under the supervision of university and school faculty. Nationally recognized and fully accredited by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the curriculum produces graduates who have the necessary skills, knowledge, and dispositions to teach all children successfully.