Physical Education

The physical education program is among the best in the United States in preparing teachers who exemplify best practices in the PK-12 setting and professionals who promote high quality physical activity opportunities for individuals across the lifespan. The program offers three undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees, one endorsement, and one minor, and places a strong emphasis on field experience, internships and professional development opportunities across all degree options.

Program Offerings

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education includes three options:

  • Physical Education Teacher Licensure: Students can pursue multi-age licensure to teach Physical Education.
  • Health and Physical Education: Students can pursue multi-age licensure to teach both Health and Physical Education.
  • Physical Activity & Sport Performance: This concentration affords students the opportunity to individualize an area of study through a liberal approach to education. Students select a minor in conjunction with their degree program to support their areas of interest, or for preparation for a related profession such as athletic coaching or physical activity leaders in non-school programs.

Learn more about a Bachelor of Science Degree

The Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology minor provides students, athletes and those preparing for careers as coaches, sport practitioners and sport administrators with the knowledge of psychological theory and skills development to enhance human behavior in sport and exercise settings and artistic performance.

Learn more about Undergraduate Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Minor

This program leads to a multi-age (pre-K through 12th grade) license to teach Physical Education in the State of Ohio. The program includes field experience components at the elementary and secondary levels, and culminates with a full semester student teaching experience split between the two levels.

Learn more about a M.Ed. in Physical Education

Professional Licensure Disclosure:  This program area includes courses of study that are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

For candidates interested in graduate studies, we have an initial Ohio teacher licensure program at the graduate level (M.Ed. in Physical Education), and courses leading to the Ohio Adapted Physical Education Endorsement. The Kent State University Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer the Ohio Adapted Physical Education (APE) endorsement for teachers who already have a K-12 physical education teaching license. The endorsement consists of two graduate level courses (CI 65037 Adapted Physical Education & CI 65592 Practicum in APE).

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Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS)

The Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS) program offers a wide variety of activities and sports. These classes are open to all KSU students.

The program aims to help participants maintain fitness, review and refine activity and sport skills, learn new activities and skills, and develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information, contact Dr. Lettie Gonzalez: / 330-672-0227

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Contact Information

Dr. Insook Kim
Associate Professor & Physical Education Professional Programs Coordinator