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Making a Case for Physical Education Teacher Education as a Viable Degree Program in Colleges and Universities

Charity Bryan, Sandra K. Sims


Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs are responsible for the development and preparation of future physical education teachers and, at the K–12 level, physical education is an essential part of a curriculum that promotes the whole child. PETE programs in colleges and universities are therefore critical to the future of K–12 physical education programs, because it is the PETE program and faculty who will prepare the next generation of physical educators in the United States. Quality physical education programs benefit students both academically and physically; K–12 students who are healthy and active are better prepared to learn and grow. Physical education programs must provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in a lifetime of physical activity and healthy habits. Quality PETE programs graduate certified physical educators who are equipped to be successful in schools and who understand the value of creating a culture of health and wellness within the school setting.

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advocacy; college/university; higher education; teacher preparation

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