Winthrop University: Physical Education
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Physical Education
Richard W. Riley
College of Education
216B West Center 
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4872
803/323-2124 (fax)

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Physical Education

Bachelor of Science

If you enjoy mentoring youths in physical activity, becoming a Physical Educator is the choice to make! The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares teacher candidates (TCs) to teach K-12 Physical Education in the schools. The program advances TCs throughout their four years via an engaging and exciting curriculum which is Nationally Recognized by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). Graduates enjoy fulfilling their dreams and aspirations in careers in teaching, coaching, and a variety of other movement settings, that make a significant difference in the lives of youths, which lead to a lifetime of wellness! 



Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

The PETE program at Winthrop places a strong emphasis on “experiential learning”. During lessons, students participate in multiple hands-on learning activities in the gymnasium, which exemplify teaching techniques used by the physical educator. Lessons in the classroom involve significant peer and instructor interaction, group work, and time to learning and grow independently on the application of the content taught via PowerPoints, educational videos, and guest speakers. Introductory courses provide additional guidance on “college success”, as well as supports students in forming a strong “community” within the program. 

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (Teacher Certification)- Curriculum

 


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Hear From Our Students & Faculty

Macee Smith
Physical Education Teacher Education

“I have enjoyed being a PE major because it has given me a strong group of friends and sense of belonging on campus. My favorite part of being a PE major is going on the professional development trips such as SCAHPERD, Speak Out Day, and the OEC. The program has done an excellent job of preparing me for my future as a physical educator!” Hugo Rosales "The enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication that the professors have really makes me want to be a better teacher." Paige Ferguson "The PETE program is helping me with my future teaching by giving me the knowledge I need to go out and teach students to enjoy physical education." Tariq Caudle "Not only does the program give you tools for success, but it also gives you the confidence to help others and yourself." Casey Reeves "The PETE program has provided me with numerous real-life experiences! The PETE program has further enhanced my love for physical education and lifelong fitness.""


Paige Ferguson

"The PETE program is helping me with my future teaching by giving me the knowledge I need to go out and teach students to enjoy physical education."


Casey Reeves

"The PETE program has provided me with numerous real-life experiences! The PETE program has further enhanced my love for physical education and lifelong fitness." 

 

Beyond Graduation

The degree in Physical Education offers a wide array of career opportunities. These include, but are not limited to teaching physical education across the K-12 span, professional coaching positions, adaptive physical education, fitness and wellness instruction, camp director, adventure and outdoor education, and several other related movement pedagogy careers. 


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Last Updated: 7/13/22