Physical Education Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development

The School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies offers a multi-aged teacher education major program leading to teaching licensure in physical education. This licensure qualifies students to teach at the preschool through twelfth grade levels. The option to obtain licensure in Health Education is also available through a collaboration with the University of Toledo.

Career Opportunities

The primary purpose of the physical education teacher education program is to prepare students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of human movement. Graduates find teaching positions in preschool through twelfth grade school settings. Additional coursework in adapted physical education can lead to instructional positions working with differently abled individuals. Professional preparation in physical education also prepares individuals for many coaching positions. In addition, the knowledge of human movement and the possession of effective teaching skills qualify graduates to teach movement in a variety of professional non-school settings. Health Education licensure is also an option.


BGSU is the only Ohio physical education teacher education program with a primary focus on the study of the art and science of human movement.

Coursework in physical education teacher education emphasizes the professional preparation of physical education teachers who are committed to developing skillful movers. The program is grounded in three interrelated bodies of knowledge in kinesiology: curriculum and instruction, foundations of human movement, and movement performance. Unifying program themes provide consistency and continuity. Learning outcomes for the program were taken from the Standards for Initial Programs in Physical Education Teacher Education (AAHPERD, 2001) and include NASPE/NCATE (2008) Initial Physical Education Standards.

Students complete extensive, supervised, multi-aged level, field experiences teaching physical education in schools. These experiences include observing physical education classes in diverse settings and supervised teaching opportunities. A graduate completing a physical education major is eligible for a multi-age (PreK-12) teaching license, providing that he or she has a 2.5 accumulative grade point average and has successfully completed the required Praxis II examinations.

Special Features

The physical education teacher education program at BGSU is fully accredited according to the guidelines specified by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The program has also been approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

Although the program provides for a multi-aged licensure (K-12), students have the opportunity for specialization. The early-middle childhood specialization emphasizes the Movement Approach for which the program has received national recognition. Students learn to construct meaningful movement experiences from a skillfulness perspective. Program content is organized around the unique areas of educational games, dance and gymnastics. The middle childhood-young adult specialization focuses on the Games for Understanding approach. This approach stresses tactical/strategic decision-making and skill acquisition. A developmental perspective is emphasized in both specializations.

Physical education teacher education students receive extensive teaching opportunities through field experiences. All field experiences are taught and directly supervised by faculty. Cooperating teachers and employers report that they are highly impressed by the knowledge and teaching skills of program graduates. Physical education teacher education students also have the opportunity to acquire state-of-the-art technology skills for analyzing movement and the teaching/learning process.

Many opportunities for professional education-related clubs and organizations are also available within the College of Education and Human Development. The Student Education Association provides opportunities for professional involvement at the undergraduate level. Physical education teacher education students are also encouraged to join the Kinesiology Club. Other professional organizations, both academic and non-academic, are available to students.

Many students also take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad. Each year students go abroad for experiences ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.

Facilities and Equipment

The physical education teacher education program is housed in the Gertrude M. Eppler Complex which provides state-of-the-art facilities and technological equipment. In addition to the Eppler Complex, classes are conducted in the Perry Field House, Student Recreation Center and a variety of school settings.

Advanced computer and instructional technologies in the Eppler Complex are used to enhance the study of human movement and the teaching-learning process. The 9,000-square foot Physical Education Teacher Education Laboratory contains a classroom, gymnasium and research room which were designed to be used interactively.

The high-tech classroom contains a variable speed videocassette recorder, CD-ROM player, and overhead projector system with computer interface capabilities. The gymnasium has a remote controlled sound system and extensive activity resources. Students analyze motor performance and the teaching-learning process through the use of digital cameras, digital and analog video recorders and wireless microphones.

The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.

Preparation for College

Prior knowledge of a variety of sports, dance and other physical activities is important for timely completion of the physical education teacher education major program. A background in mathematics, biological and social sciences, and technology is also helpful. Prospective physical education students should have a strong interest in working with children, adolescents and/or young adults in movement settings. Instructional experience is also desirable.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Teacher Education Report Card

Bowling Green State University’s 579 teacher education graduates who took the national Praxis II licensing exam in 2008-09 passed at an overall rate of 96 percent (surpassing the state requirement of 80 percent) and met or exceeded the state requirement for licensure in 22 content or teaching specialty areas.

BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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