Human performance majors pursuing certification in physical education are typically interested in teaching as their main focus and will graduate as highly qualified to teach P-12. Many of our majors are also interested in coaching as well as strength and conditioning and often have the chance for volunteer opportunities to gain experience while undergraduates.

Associate Professor Oleg Sinelnikov
Office: 1009 Moore Hall

Clinical Assistant Professor Elizabeth Woodruff
Office: 2006 Moore Hall

This area of study requires the completion of hours as specified and leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and the Alabama Class B Physical Education (P–12) Professional Educator Certificate. Students who have completed all 100- and 200-level requirements, have a UA GPA — and, if transfer work, a cumulative GPA — of at least 2.75, and have completed BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, may apply to the physical education teacher education (PETE) methods cohort fall semester of the junior year. Additionally, students must have earned passing scores on all three components (reading, writing, and math) of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (or passing scores on all components of the previously accepted Basic Skills tests before September 1, 2017).

Admission to the PETE methods cohort is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Rather, students who meet stated criteria are guaranteed consideration for admission to the teacher education program (TEP). An individual may request from his or her adviser information concerning summative data on the most recent previous admissions.

All students must begin the PETE methods cohort in the fall semester. Admission to the PETE methods cohort enables students to take the following courses:

First PETE Fall Term

Hours
KIN 305Dance & Gymnastics2
KIN 350Secondary Curriculum3
KIN 351Secondary Clinical Experience3
KIN 362Motor Development3
KIN 464Admin Phys Educ & Sport3
Total Hours14

First PETE Spring Term

Hours
KIN 300Intro to Kinesiology3
KIN 306Analysis Teaching Movement I3
KIN 307Teach Trk & Fld/Net Game2
KIN 310Teaching Swimming2
KIN 360Subj Matter Elem Physical Educ3
KIN 361Elem Phys Ed Curr Phil Theory3
Total Hours16

Second PETE Fall Term

Hours
KIN 311Tch Hlth Related Fitness1
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 366Evaluation and Measurement3
KIN 468Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 487Physical Educ Teach Pract3
KIN 492Physiology of Exercise3
Total Hours16

Second PETE Spring Term

Hours
KIN 497Internship Phys Education6
KIN 497Internship Phys Education6
Total Hours12

Students will apply to TEP while they are enrolled in KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum, fall term. They must meet TEP admission requirements, have a 2.75 GPA (UA and cumulative) in areas I–V and all coursework, and have completed an application. Applications for TEP are available in 104 Carmichael Hall.

The undergraduate catalog is published annually. DegreeWorks is updated more frequently and is likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. In addition, students should obtain the most recent advising sheets available from academic advisers in 104 Carmichael Hall.

General Studies: 54 hours

Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. See general studies requirements, listed earlier. The following exceptions apply:

  • Area II: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area III: BSC 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II or BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I/BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I should be selected to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Area IV: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area V: In addition to those courses listed in General Requirements, BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and ATR 272 First Aid, Safety & CPR should be selected from remaining hours.

Physical Education Teaching Field: 40 hours

The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.

KIN 351 Secondary Clinical Experience must be taken concurrently with KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum .

KIN 360 Subj Matter Elem Physical Educ must be taken concurrently with KIN 361 Elem Phys Ed Curr Phil Theory.

Hours
KIN 199Ecol Appr Hlth & Fitness3
KIN 300Intro to Kinesiology3
KIN 305Dance & Gymnastics2
KIN 306Analysis Teaching Movement I3
KIN 307Teach Trk & Fld/Net Game2
KIN 310Teaching Swimming2
KIN 311Tch Hlth Related Fitness1
KIN 351Secondary Clinical Experience3
KIN 360Subj Matter Elem Physical Educ3
KIN 361Elem Phys Ed Curr Phil Theory3
KIN 362Motor Development3
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 464Admin Phys Educ & Sport3
KIN 468Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 492Physiology of Exercise3
Total Hours40

Professional Studies

Students must earn grades of C or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. No more than five professional studies courses may be taken prior to admission to TEP (see adviser for appropriate course sequence). The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses. KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum  must be taken concurrently with KIN 351 Secondary Clinical Experience .

Hours
BEF 362School, Culture, and Society3
BEP 305Educational Psychology3
KIN 350Secondary Curriculum3
KIN 366Evaluation and Measurement3
KIN 487Physical Educ Teach Pract3
KIN 497Internship Phys Education12
SPE 300Survey Spe Accomd Stratg3
Total Hours30

Our PETE graduates have been very competitive in the job market. Many of them choose to teach in the Southeast, while some venture further away. A fairly high percentage of our students go on to graduate school and study for advanced practitioner degrees or degrees which enable them to study and teach sport instruction in university settings.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Our recent graduates initially accept elementary, middle school and high school physical education teaching/coaching positions.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

certified master teacher; principal; university instructor; university professor; high school PE teacher and head basketball coach

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center