Physical Education Teaching Emphasis (K-12 certification)

84 credits, including the Professional Education Core (39) and the Physical Education Core (9)

Candidates who have completed the required physical education teaching emphasis courses must also obtain K-12 Teacher Certification in Physical Education by completing all requirements in the Teacher Education Program.

Candidates completing the Physical Education Teaching Emphasis are not required to take the PE 4454 Senior Capstone core course.

In addition to completing departmental major requirements, candidates must make formal application and complete an interview for admission to the Teacher Education Program. See all requirements in the Teacher Education section of the College of Education portion of the catalog.

The Physical Education Learning Goals are aligned with 2 sets of standards: The Idaho State University College of Education Core Standards and the Content Standards in Physical Education of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).


NASPE Content Standards in Physical Education
The NASPE Standards identify seven areas that include the following.

The candidate completing this program:

  1. Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms;
  2. Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills;
  3. Exhibits a physically active lifestyle;
  4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness;
  5. Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings;
  6. Demonstrates understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings; and
  7. Understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Physical Education Core Component: 9 credits

PE 2222First Aid CPR and Sport Safety3
PE 2223Foundations of Physical Education and Sport3
PE 2243Anatomical Foundations of Human Activity3

Objective #1: To develop teaching skills in a variety of areas in physical activities, athletics, and creative movement (18 credits)

Skills Component: 8 credits

PE 2237Activity Performance Techniques III3
One (1) aquatics PEAC course, examples include: 11
Beginning Swimming
Intermediate Swimming
One (1) Field based PEAC course, examples include: 11
Beginning Soccer
Ultimate Frisbee
One (1) Court based PEAC course, example include: 11
Beginning Tennis
Beginning Basketball
Beginning Volleyball
One (1) Lifetime activity PEAC course, examples include: 11
Beginning Yoga
Beginning Kayaking
One (1) additional PEAC course from the examples listed above 11

Methods Component: 10 credits

PE 2281Practical Outdoor Skills1
PE 3357Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education3
PE 3370Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PE 4437Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education3

Objective #2: To acquire knowledge in the basic foundations of human activity (9 credits)

PE 3300Movement Theory and Motor Development3
PE 3303Kinesiology for Teachers and Coaches3
PE 4494Adapted Physical Activity3

Objective #3: To understand and develop skills required for teaching physical education (9 credits)

PE 3362Tests and Measurements in Physical Education3
PE 4475Organization and Administration of Physical Education3
One of the following:3
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Introduction to Sport Law

Objective #4: To understand and develop general pedagogical skills and teacher effectiveness

Professional Education Core Courses

Refer to the College of Education Teacher Education Admission standards and Elementary and/or Secondary Education Core in this catalog.