Academic Catalog

Physical Education: Teacher Education, Bachelor of Science in Education

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) major prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study of physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and secondary levels. For students desiring a degree in physical education that is not oriented toward K-12 classroom teaching, the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health offers the degree in Exercise and Sport Science. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select two of the following:6
Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistics
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Intro to Music Technology
Strategies for Information Discovery
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities, and/or History:
Select any additional Fine Arts course listed above (but with no more than 3 hours from the same discipline) or:3
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY U101Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major:
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDCI U300Resources and Technology in Teaching3
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U333Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner3
or PSYC U302 Developmental Psychology
EDPH U460Issues and Trends in Physical Education3
EDPH U312Teaching Secondary Physical Education4
EDRE U418Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School3
EDPH U405Teaching Elementary Physical Education4
EDPH U462Physical Education for the Exceptional Child3
EDPH U479Student Teaching in Physical Education12
Content Concentration
EDHL U170First Aid1
EDHL U221Lifelong Health & Wellness3
EDHL U334The School Health Program3
Select one of the following:1
Officiating of Sports
Educational and Recreational Fitness
EDPH U200Foundations of Physical Education3
EDPH U235Dance and Gymnastics3
EXSC U301Exercise Physiology4
EXSC U302Biomechanics3
EDPH U304Motor Learning & Development3
EDPH U320Team Sports I3
EDPH U415Individual Sports3
EDPH U420Team Sports II3
EDPH U445Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Education3
EDPH U453Organization and Administration of Physical Education3
Supporting Course
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
or EXSC U290 Functional Kinesiology I
Total Hours124

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.