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The UCO Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program has long been regarded as one of the best programs in the state and nation. The program provides students with entry-level competencies to teach physical education and health in schools, grades K-12. The curriculum develops and enhances the students’ psychomotor, cognitive and affective learning domains.

Our mission is to prepare physical educators who will make a difference in their communities and in the lives of their students along with becoming leaders in the profession.

Degree Sheet


Our major encompasses courses that will prepare you to be a quality physical education and/or health teacher and leader. These courses include effective teaching and curriculum planning along with a broad spectrum of fitness and sports activities. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to be involved with your state, regional, and national professional organizations alongside your peers and faculty members who are also professionally involved in various organizations. You will work with faculty members who care about you as a person and student, who will challenge you to excel, and who will be your greatest support in moving into the profession of physical education.



The physical education/health program at UCO is accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Physical Education/Health include:

  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Program development

Community & Student Organizations