Bachelor of Science in Education: Physical Education

PE316 Buffalo Park Hike
PE 316 Students: Buffalo Park Hike

Northern Arizona University Physical Education Teacher Education Mission and Vision

  • Developing educational leaders who create tomorrow's opportunities.
  • Developing competent and committed professionals who will make positive differences for children, young adults, and others in schools.

The NAU Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares students to become competent and effective physical education instructors. Further, our PETE students graduate from the program prepared to make a positive and lasting impact on student lives.

Physical Education majors at NAU are given the opportunity to have practical experiences interacting with children in the surrounding K-12 schools starting in the first year in the program. These experiences continue throughout the entire program, culminating with a field experience class which is largely spent implementing the teaching skills learned throughout the PETE program in the elementary, middle, and high schools.

The NAU Physical Education Teacher Education Program is aligned with the National Standards and Guidelines for and designed to meet the following outcomes:

Standard 1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge

  • Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Standard 2: Skill-Based and Fitness-Based Competence

  • Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performances and health-enhancing fitness as delineated in NASPE's K-12 Standards.
Standard 3: Planning and Implementation
  • Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally-appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
Standard 4: Instructional Delivery and Management
  • Physical education teacher candidates use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
Standard 5: Impact on Student Learning
  • Physical education teacher candidates utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and to inform instructional decisions.
Standard 6: Professionalism
  • Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.
To view the complete Physical Education Teacher Preparation PETE Standards (National Association for Sport and Physical Education - NASPE), go to: 

Helpful NAU Physical Education Program Links

AZ Certification Exam links:

Professional Knowledge Exam - Elementary:

Professional Knowledge Exam - Secondary:

PE Exam for AZ Certification students:

The NAU PE Program and Student Teaching Link:
Students will complete the "Teacher Education Program Application"after they have completed PE 315. Thus, depending upon when they complete PE 315, they will submit their applications between September 1 - 15 or February 1 - 15 to their program advisor.
Students will complete the "Student Teaching Application"one year prior to the semester in which they intend to do their student teaching (i.e., PE 495C).
Arizona Department of Education: 

You can also earn a minor in Physical Education.