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Physical Education

Help ensure that future generations have the skills and knowledge to lead physically active and healthy lives. Specialized coursework paired with team-based internships and residencies will allow you to obtain teacher certification after graduation and start a career in a high-demand specialty in education.


Program description

The BAE program in physical education prepares students to successfully teach quality physical education programs to learners in grades preschool through grade 12.

The curriculum directly aligns with national beginning teacher standards of The Society of Health and Physical Education Teachers of America. Students take foundational coursework in the areas of growth and motor development, movement activities and lifelong physical fitness. The coursework covers elementary, secondary and adaptive physical education methods, including topics such as instructional design, lesson planning and modifications, and accommodations for preK—12 learners. Students build skills in cultivating a positive and productive learning environment, assessing, monitoring and reporting progress, as well as conducting themselves as responsible and ethical professionals.

Extensive professional experiences are built into the program to prepare students to enter the teaching profession after graduation. Students complete internships prior to a full-time student teaching residency that takes place senior year. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has developed a team-based approach to teacher preparation, allowing students to participate in internships and residencies with a team of peers while receiving guidance and support from faculty members and highly qualified certified teachers. Team-based professional experiences are designed to prepare students to work with mutually supportive colleagues to address the academic and social-emotional needs of learners.

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Next steps to attend ASU

This degree qualifies you for Arizona educator certification in:

Elementary Education, K–8

You will be required to pass the applicable exams administered by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more

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Career outlook

Graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are highly sought out teachers in public, charter and private education institutions. Many graduates with degrees in physical education also work as coaches, fitness instructors or with organizations dedicated to improving health and wellness.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

  • Coach
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Physical Education Teacher

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

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Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year studentstransfer students or international students

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU