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Student Learning Goals

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) K-12 & 6-12

The undergraduate program is Physical Education Teacher Education and is designed for candidates seeking and initial endorsement in K-12 Physical Education. To be certified as a K-12 Physical Education teacher in Michigan a candidate must complete a state-approved preparation program and successfully pass the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) for Physical Education. Our Physical Education preparation program is state-approved.

The Michigan Guidelines/Standards address six areas:

1) Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health

2) Movement and Lifelong Physical Activities

3) Growth, Development, and Learning

4) Planning, Instruction, and Assessment

5) Management, Motivation, and Communication

6) Foundations, Reflection, and Professional Collaboration


The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) 2001 Standards address similar goal areas:

1) Physical education teachers understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person

2) Physical education teachers understand how individuals learn and develop and can provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

3) Physical education teachers understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning, and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences.

4) Physical education teachers use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

5) Physical education teachers use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.

6) Physical education teachers plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards.

7) Physical education teachers understand and use assessment to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity

8) Physical education teachers are reflective practitioners who evaluate the effects of their actions on others (e.g., students, parents/guardians, fellow professionals), and seek opportunities to grow professionally.

9) Physical education teachers use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.

10) Physical education teachers foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students' growth and well-being.


The state and professional standards are aligned with the Teacher as Decision Maker Model, adopted by the College of Education, as they focus on providing candidates with experiences that will guide interactive and introspective decision-making based upon a body of knowledge related to physical education.


Accrediting/Certifying Body: NCATE & associated SPA (NASPE)

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: NASPE & MDE (Michigan Department of Education)