Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Physical Education (PET)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1314 - Track 1 of 2

College of Education


Major Description

Physical Education includes the study of kinesiology, physical skill development, pedagogy, coaching, curriculum development and assessment, and administration of physical activity programs. The Physical Education major offers students extensive preparation in theory and methodology courses leading to K-12 teaching certification. The Physical Education Program also offers a minor in the Science of Physical Activity.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • BSC X085 and BSC X086 or BSC X085 and PET X622
  • Conditioning, Fitness and Wellness Course in Physical Education Activities
  • Skill Development Courses in Physical Activities

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Total Major Hours: 71 Hours

Major Core Courses - 71 Hours

  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child or EDF 4131 Learning and the Developing Adolescent
  • TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies
  • PET 3421 Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
  • PET 4432 Instructional Design & Content: Physical Education Elementary I
  • PET 4433 Instructional Design & Content: Physical Education Elementary II
  • PET 4942 Physical Education Pre-Internship: Elementary
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society
  • PET 4510 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
  • PET 3031 Motor Behavior
  • PET 3441 Instructional Design & Content: Middle School Physical Education
  • PET 4742 Secondary PE Methods: Physical Activity & Fitness Opportunities
  • RED 4312 Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessment
  • PET 3640 Adapted Physical Education
  • PET 4765 Scientific Principles of Athletic Coaching
  • PET 4820 Sport Skill Proficiency
  • PET 4380 Applied Exercise Science
  • PET 4401 Class Management, Safety, Ethics, Law and Organization and Administration of Physical Education
  • PET 4442 Instructional Design & Content: Physical Education Secondary
  • PET 4944 Physical Education Pre-Internship: Secondary
  • PET 4946 Internship in Physical Education: Elementary
  • PET 4947 Internship in Physical Education: Secondary
  • PET 4929 Senior Seminar in Physical Education

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education's Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/advising/undergraduate/coedu-applications.aspx.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree in Physical Education
Physical Education is a two-year program that includes mandatory attendance during the summer session between the first and second years. The Physical Education program only admits students in the Fall Semester of each year. Students proceed through the program in cohorts and are required to complete all required courses each semester with a grade of “C-” or better in order to progress to the next semester. Students who do not complete the requirements will be dismissed from the program and may reapply for the next cohort.

The Physical Education program is a full-time program. Students must be available for classes from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday each semester. Additional time commitments may be necessary for course work in the evenings.

Requirements after Admission:
Students accepted into the physical education program must meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Sign an agreement to abide by the standards set forth in the College of Education Professional Disposition and Ethical Standards Policy and Procedures document.
  2. Pay for costs in addition to tuition, fees, and books such as:
    • Attendance at the state professional organization conference (minimally 1 year)
    • Student membership in the state physical education professional organization
    • Transportation to and from school sites required in courses and internships
    • Physical Education Teacher Education uniform for internships
    • Criminal background checks and finger printing for internships
    • Assignments in some classes (e.g., printing/binding of group project reports, academic and professional portfolio, professional file, etc.)
    • Electronic assignment portfolio throughout program
  3. Complete professional development plans throughout the program.
  4. Complete and pass individual development plans in identified skill areas during the program.

Major GPA Requirement

Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Major Grade Requirement

Receive a grade of C- or higher in all required courses and maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 Core and Specialization GPA to be eligible to intern and graduate.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum courses (General Education) will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog or in the Counseling Manual. (For USF, see “Academic Policies and Procedures - Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements” section of the catalog.)

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

  • PET 4929 Senior Seminar in Physical Education (EXIT Capstone)
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society (EXIT Writing Intensive)

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