Physical Education & Sport Performance
The Physical Education & Sport Performance 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.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education includes three options: Physical Education Teacher Licensure, Health and Physical Education, and Physical Activity & Sport Performance.
Based on national coaching standards, this 25-credit hour minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to coach in youth sport settings, K-12 schools, and colleges.
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.
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.
The Doctoral Program in Curriculum & Instruction offers a concentration in Adapted Physical Education/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).