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Physical Education (Teacher Education), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Spartanburg, SC, United States
The physical education teacher education (PETE) concentration prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study in physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and secondary levels.   
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Welcome to the online home of the Exercise and Sport Science/Physical Education program at USC Upstate. Our mission is to prepare our students to be highly competent and thoughtful professional educators or practitioners in their chosen field, using the most effective classroom and hands-on learning experiences. We encourage students to be professional in all aspects of their academic careers.

The programme

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares its majors to become certified K-12 physical education teachers. Students who major in PETE can expect classes that focus on educational theory, scientific content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, as well as skill and fitness development.

PETE majors are lucky to have classes in which they listen to lectures, have fun, work in relevant labs, practice teaching both peers and public school students, and participate in activity-type classes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Teacher Ed. Colloq.
  • Resources / Tech. in Teaching
  • Found. of Education
  • Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Issues/Trends in Phys. Ed.
  • Teaching Sec. Phys. Ed.
  • Reading in Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Elem. Phys. Ed.
  • PE for the Exceptional Child
  • Direc. Teach. in Phys. Ed.
  • First Aid
  • Lifelong Health / Wellness
  • The School Health Program
  • Teaching Team Activ. 
  • Swimming
  • Found. of Phys. Ed.
  • Dance and Gymnastics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Learning 
  • Team Sports 
  • Individual Sports
  • Measurement and Evaluat.
  • Organization and Administration of Physical Ed.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements


  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates).

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11184 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11184 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5520 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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