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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Physical Education (Teaching) (PET) - BT Major

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44 credits (no minor required)

2.75 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

Physical Education Teaching Major Map  

Documented current certification in CPR and First Aid required prior to or upon graduation.

The Physical Education Teaching program’s major focus is to prepare teacher candidates to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a variety of physical education settings for K-12 learners. Students are required to meet the prescribed scores on the Minnesota Teaching Licensure Examination (MTLE), which include: basic skills, content, and pedagogy. Upon completion of the Physical Education Teaching program, students will have developed the skills necessary to obtain Minnesota teaching licensure.

Physical Education Teaching graduates are employed as K-12 educators in private and public schools. Students are encouraged to expand their career options by adding the following:

Teacher Education Licensure Program

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.

All Winona State University Teacher Education Licensure Programs  are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Please contact your program academic advisor for the latest information about program requirements.

Criteria required before completing online application:

  • 30 college level credits completed with no more than 4 credits of pass/no credit
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of at least ≥ 2.75 based on 30 most recent credits including all credits per semester
  • B grade or better in a 3-credit college level writing course (ENG 111  if taken at WSU)
  • B grade or better in a 3-credit college level speech course (CMST 191  or CMST 192  if taken at WSU)
  • C grade or better in a 3-credit college level math course (MATH 202  is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors)
  • Early Clinical experience; clinical hours ≥ 15 hours: Complete 15 hours of experience working with children post high school graduation

PESS Required Courses (44 credits)

Professional Education Sequence (36 credits)

Note: Teacher education majors must complete all Professional Education Sequence courses in addition to content area courses. Refer to Teacher Education Licensure Programs  for more information.


  • EDFD 401 and 461 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 421 and 441 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 459 and 462 must be taken concurrently

Developmental/Adapted Physical Education Licensure

Candidates seeking licensure in developmental/adapted physical education (D/APE) must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree and a valid teaching license in physical education (K-12) or be enrolled in the physical education teaching major.
  2. Complete 9 credits of core skills area requirements in special education:
    SPED 300 - Children and Youth with Exceptionalities 
    SPED 405 - Student Management Systems 
    ◎ SPED 420 - Special Education Administrative Procedures  
  3. Complete the physical education teacher preparation program, which consists of 44 credits.
  4. Complete the D/APE licensure course requirements not included in the physical education major below.


Developmental/adapted physical educators will be eligible for licensure in the State of Minnesota when the preceding process is implemented. Practicing teachers may request that their teaching experience and preparation in D/APE be evaluated and credited. Teachers will be asked to complete evaluation forms, documenting their teaching experience and preparation in D/APE. The candidate will be expected to file a formal application and schedule a consultation regarding deficiencies or additional requirements needed prior to receiving licensure certification. For additional information, candidates should contact the Physical Education & Sport Science department.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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