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Physical Education and Kinesiology, BS

Physical educators make an impact on the health, well-being and quality of life of future generations. Our program prepares students to teach, motivate and shape the lives of Pre-K through adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness and sport-based environments.

Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEK) students learn to use and integrate technology into their classwork, gain hands-on, real-world experience and learn how to design and deliver physical education programs.

Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for certification in PreK-adult Physical Education and may pursue a certification in Health Education. Program graduates are physical activity and wellness leaders in their school, communities and states who promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults alike.

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. The Physical Education specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the Society for Health and Physical Educators.

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Learn how to design and deliver physical education programs, how to use and integrate technology into your classwork and get hands-on, real-world experience. Graduates are eligible for certification in Pre-K-Adult Physical Education and Health Education.

Core courses focus on principles of effective teaching, school-based physical activity and fitness education, adapted physical education, curriculum, teaching team and individual sports, and technology in sport and physical education. PEK students also take general education courses (GEF) in communication, basic math and science, English, social sciences and humanities.

Foundation Coursework
The PEK foundation courses provide an introductory understanding of human structure and movement, motor skills development across a life span and characteristics of individuals with disabilities. These concepts and principles serve as the building blocks for designing and delivering developmentally appropriate movement-based learning experiences for individuals of any age and ability.

Professional Coursework
Prepare for a career in physical education with a new perspective on what quality physical education entails. Students enjoy hands-on opportunities working with Pre-K through adult-aged learners in movement, physical activity, sport and physical education settings. Through these experiences, students learn what it takes to be an effective teacher and instruct using research-based curricular and instructional models to motivate learners to be physically active and fit for a lifetime.

Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:

  • Physical Education Teaching

    Required courses:

    • PET 488: Residency 2 in Physical Education
    • PET 489: Residency 2 Seminar
  • Sport Pedagogy

    Required courses:

    • ACE 256: Principles and Problems in Coaching
    • ACE 310: Coaching Pedagogy
    • CAHS 300: Career Exploration in Applied Human Sciences
    • CAHS 489: Capstone Experience in AHS

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Accelerated Program

    Physical Education and Kinesiology offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

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  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • Gain hands-on teaching experience with students with a variety of disabilities and special needs.
  • Participate in and learn to teach outdoor adventure, lifetime leisure and team and individual sports and activities.
  • Our PEK majors have posted a 100% passage rate on the Physical Education Content Specialization test during the past five years. More than 160 students have taken the PRAXIS II test.
  • 125+ contact hours prior to student teaching.
  • Students complete an immersive residency experience under the guidance of an experienced educator, spending two semesters teaching physical education in the K–12 setting.
  • PEK majors take classes with the same cohort of students, which fosters a professional learning community.
  • Field placements available across the developmental spectrum (from pre-school to college students).
  • Students design movement education programming for children, adolescents, teens and young adults in diverse settings.
  • WVU is a national leader in teaching current and emerging educational technologies.
  • One of the few nationally accredited physical education programs in the state of West Virginia.
  • Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and SHAPE America.
  • Accelerated bachelor's to master's option (earn both degrees in four years).
  • The WVU School of Sport Sciences was recently recognized as one of the best in the country by Newsweek.
  • The College of Applied Human Sciences awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students each year.

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

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  • In their Technology in Physical Education course, our majors plan, implement and evaluate an action research project that requires the application of an instructional technology in a field-based setting. This project prepares them to achieve the state, national and international standards supporting the use of technology in school settings.
  • During their student teaching placements, all majors complete an extensive self-study regarding their instructional planning, classroom management, teaching effectiveness and assessment of student learning. These project outcomes are used to meet state teaching licensure requirements.

Hands-on Learning

  • Prior to their student teaching, majors accumulate more than 125 hours of teaching experience working with learners across a range of developmental levels including early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary and college/university.
  • As a part of those pre-student teaching clinical hours, our majors acquire multiple semesters of experience teaching individuals with special needs in our community-based Adapted Physical Education Practicum (APE) program. In this setting, we focus on differentiating instruction to meet the individual needs of the learner.

During their student teaching, each major is paired with an inservice teacher and University faculty member to help navigate the many opportunities and challenges related to their transition to a full-time teaching position in the K-12 schools. This transformative process affords the opportunity to teach across at least two different school contexts (elementary, middle or high school) while gaining more than 500 hours of additional teaching experience.

Attending college will prepare you for many things. The Physical Education and Kinesiology major will give you the following skills:

  • Leadership: Influencing or guiding others in their decision-making and action.
  • Strategic Planning: Identifying outcomes and strategizing how to accomplish them.
  • Collaboration: Engaging with others to accomplish individual and organizational goals.
  • Fluency of Ideas: Generating a number of creative ideas about a topic or issue.
  • Problem Sensitivity and Solving: Telling when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong and solving those problems using flexible approaches.

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Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary School

Plan, direct or coordinate the academic, administrative or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $103,460

Possible job titles include: Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, Principal, Superintendent.

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Health Education Specialists

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $62,860

Possible job titles include: Clinical Instructor, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator.

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Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $73,240

Possible job titles include: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Education Professor, Professor.

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Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $75,770

Possible job titles include: Coach, Professor, Health and Physical Education Professor (HPE Professor), Physical Education Professor (PE Professor).

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Teach students basic academic, social and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Median Salary: $63,680

Possible job titles include: Classroom Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Teacher.

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Middle School Teachers

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Median Salary: $64,290

Possible job titles include: Language Arts Teacher, Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher), Science Teacher, Teacher.

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Secondary School Teachers

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics or social studies, at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Median Salary: $65,220

Possible job titles include: English Teacher, Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher), Social Studies Teacher, Teacher.

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Adapted Physical Education Specialists

Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

Median Salary: $67,190

Possible job titles include: Adapted Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity Specialist, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Adapted Physical Education Specialist-Workshop Leader, Adapted Physical Education Teacher.

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Where our grads are working

The majority of our graduates pursue careers in K-12 school settings and have been successful in starting their careers in districts across the country, including:

  • Florida: Duval County
  • Ohio: Franklin and Cuyahoga counties
  • Maryland: Baltimore and Frederick counties
  • New Jersey: Middlesex County
  • Virginia: Fairfax and Prince William counties
  • North Carolina: Mecklenburg County

We take particular pride in the number of alumni who have continued on to become school leaders in our West Virginia communities as well, such as Harrison, Kanawha, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Raleigh, Taylor and Wood counties.

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Common questions and answers about Physical Education and Kinesiology.

  1. Students who earn their BS in Physical Education and Kinesiology through the licensure-track receive recommendation for PK-Adult teaching certification in West Virginia. Information about the initial teacher certification process can be found at the West Virginia Department of Education website.

  2. WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. The Physical Education specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the Society for Health and Physical Educators.

  3. As an approved initial teaching licensure program within West Virginia, the course requirements are generally transferable to other states. We do encourage students to check the specific requirements in the states where they would like to work, as other aspects of the process (e.g., standardized tests and scores) may vary.

  4. There is detailed information available about institutional and college scholarships. Furthermore, we encourage all interested students to speak with a financial aid counselor at the WVU Hub early in the application process.

  5. The WVU College of Applied Human Sciences remains deeply committed to student success. All majors are assigned a professional academic adviser with whom they will interact with on a regular basis. These interactions focus on a range of important support services, including degree planning and course selection, development of study skills and career preparation. In addition, these advising specialists help to keep students connected to the various supports offered across campus.

Places and Spaces

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Steelcase Active Learning Center

The Steelcase Active Learning Center features flexible workspaces designed for collaborative learning and problem-solving. The physical space supports the use of mobile devices, distance learning technologies and other interactive features to facilitate a more fluid teaching and learning environment for both students and instructors. This unique classroom space serves as an ideal setting for the types of collaborative learning activities that our majors engage in across their plans of study.

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Student Recreation Center

Our majors take several courses that focus on learning to teach a wide range of individual and team sports and activities. The WVU Campus Rec Center provides the backdrop for these important courses, with its state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor activity spaces (e.g., fitness center and weight room, gymnasiums, aquatics facility, climbing wall, disc golf course, playing fields). Learning in these spaces affords the opportunity to learn to teach a wide variety of content areas that are commonly included in the K-12 school physical education curriculum.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Physical Education and Kinesiology major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Physical Education and Kinesiology major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Physical Education and Kinesiology can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Start at Another WVU Campus

In addition to our transfer articulation agreements, you can start your career with WVU at another campus and transfer to WVU Morgantown.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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