Physical Education Teacher Education


Mission Statement

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program:

  • Prepares students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of human movement, eligible for State of Ohio Multi-age (ages, 3-21; grades, Pre K-12) Physical Education teaching licensure
  • Develops Physical Education teachers who are: 
    • Versatile, skillful movers 
    • Healthy and fit
    • Knowledgeable about human movement
    • And for whom movement has personal meaning and enjoyment
  • PETE received NASPE/NCATE (Specialized Professional Association) program accreditation in 2013, and in 2007 the PETE program at Bowling Green State University received National Recognition through NASPE and NCATE on its first report. The program was among the first in the country to present all the necessary evidence in the initial report that teacher candidates graduate with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required by the NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education standards.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Physical Education Teacher Education are expected to:

  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals
  • The Bowling Green State University PETE program adheres to the National Standards and Guidelines for Physical Education Teacher Education 3rd Edition (NASPE, 2009) and includes the NASPE/NCATE (2008) Initial National Physical Education Standards.


  • Grounded in three highly interrelated bodies of kinesiological knowledge:
    • Foundations of human movement
    • Curriculum and instruction
    • Movement performance
  • Gain competencies in:
    • Motor development and learning
    • Applied human anatomy
    • Movement analysis 
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise physiology
    • Measurement. 
  • Students learn important understandings of:
    • History of physical education
    • Curriculum and lesson planning 
    • Pedagogical principles 
    • Methods of teaching early childhood through adolescent/young adult physical education.
  • Students achieve competencies in dance, gymnastics, and games from the theoretical perspectives of the Movement Approach and the Games for Understanding approach.
  • Please see our curriculum Check Sheet for more information
  • Collaborative Health Education Licensure is now available through an effort with the University of Toledo.

Field Experiences

  • Extensive field-based courses place students in the schools to gain important pedagogical competencies in supervised settings
  • Follow a developmental approach moving from observation, to co-teaching, to teaching entire classes under the supervision of a Classroom Mentor teacher.

PETE Faculty

Career Opportunities

  • The program prepares students in the rich historical tradition of professional physical education preparation at Bowling Green State University
  • School districts across the country, particularly those in northwest and northcentral Ohio, have long sought out graduates of the Bowling Green program to fill their positions for physical education teachers and athletic coaches

If you have any questions, please contact the PETE Program Coordinator, Dr. Pamela Bechtel at pbechte@bgsu.edu.