PE/Health Teacher Certification K-12


William Paterson University offers students with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and certification to teach Physical Education, Health Education, and Driver's Education in both elementary and secondary schools.  This nationally accredited program requires completion of coursework and multiple field experiences over four years.  After completion of this degree, students will come away with modern teaching practices, the ability to analyze skillful movement, technology inclusion, and effective management skills.   

For more information please contact: Dr. Michael Hodges, Program Director.

Course Offerings and Requirements for Professional Education Course Sequence

(In order to get into PETC 3110 Movement Education)

  • Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Passing PRAXIS CORE (5751)- Reading, Writing, and Math. 
    • Waivers may apply for qualifying high SAT or ACT score 
    • Scores posted BEFORE first day of school or ealier, please contact
  • Pass Speech, Language, and Hearing Test (free)
    • Register online: 
  • Mantoux Shot 


Students must pass the PRAXIS II Exam (Health & Physical Education) the semester before Senior Teaching Internship.  Students who do not take or fail the PRAXIS II Exam will not be allowed to enroll in Senior Teaching Internship.  It is suggested that students take the PRAXIS early in the semester prior to Senior Teaching Internship.

Physical Education/Health Endorsement Curriculum Control Sheet


Kinesiology Core: Credits
BIO 1180 Basic Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 1190 Basic Anatomy & Physiology II 4
KNES 1200 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KNES 2300 Tests and Measurement 3
KNES 2540 History and Philosophy of Sport 3
KNES 2550 Special Physical Education 3
KNES 3300 Biomechanics 3
KNES 3500 Physiology of Exercise 3
KNES 3530 Psychology of Motor Learning 3
KNES 4500 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport 3
Professional Education Sequence Credits
PSY 2100 Developmental Psychology 3
CIRL 3350 Literacy, Technology, and Instruction 3
PETC 3110 Movement Education 3
PETC 3950 Curriculum & Teaching Elementary School PE 3
PETC 3960 Curriculum & Teaching Secondary School PE 3
PETC 3970 Practicum I: Elementary School Experience 1
PETC 3980 Practicum II: Secondary School Experience 1
EDUC 4150 Student Teaching Internship 12
Performance Skills Credits
Take all:
PETC 1100 Teaching of Racquet Sports 1
PETC 1110 Teaching of Team Sports 1
PETC 1120 Teaching of Tumbling and Gymnastics 1
PETC 1130 Teaching of Field Team Games 1
PETC 1140 Teaching of Invasion Games 1
PETC 1150 Teaching of Track and Field 1
PETC 1160 Teaching of Conditioning and Swimming 1
PETC 1170 Teaching of Dance in PE 1
Take 3 of the following:
PETC 2100 Personal Development in Physical Education 1
PETC 2110 Adventure Education 1
PETC 2120 Social and Recreational Dance 1
PETC 2130 Gymnastics Apparatus 1
PETC 2140 Recreational Games 1
Health Endorsement Credits
PBHL 1100 Healthy U 3
PBHL 2150 Drugs and Health 3
PBHL 2210 Nutrition 3
PBHL 3900 Human Sexuality 3
PBHL 4520 Teaching School Health 3
Optional Course Offering Credits
PETC 3300 Methods, Materials, and Evaluation of Driver Education 3


Students interested in completing a second undergraduate degree physical education/health must complete the following courses:

 Second Undergraduate Degree in PE/Health Certification K-12