K-12 PE Teaching

Concentration Overview

The Kindergarten – 12 th grade Physical Education Teaching Concentration is a “master teacher” program, designed to enhance the quality of teaching through a diversity of innovative courses and clinical work. The master teacher program integrates theoretical foundations with diverse project-based learning activities in the community. The curriculum focuses on the broad scope reflective teaching in physical education by emphasizing how physical education is an integral part of the total education of the child. Developmentally appropriate pedagogy is the framework for all activities within K-12 courses. Students are expected to demonstrate various combinations of physical education teaching skills in peer and school-based settings. Microteaching physical education lessons with audio and videotaped recordings reinforce the importance of self-evaluating teaching to the lifelong growth of a reflective teacher. The K-12 PE Teaching Concentration has a thesis (6 credit hours) or capstone project (3 credit hours) option and can be completed with 36 credit hours. Students who choose the capstone project option will be required to complete an additional 3 credit hour advisor-approved course. This program is designed for students who are currently licensed to teach in any subject area.

Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • SALM 5230 - Legal Issues in Physical Education and Sport (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5430 - Administration of Physical Education/ Athletics (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5670 - Research Design and Analysis (3 hrs)

Program Requirements (18 hours)

  • PEXS 5040 - Motor Control & Learning (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5110 - Curriculum Development (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5460 - Inclusion in PE, Sport, & Leisure Activity (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5470 - Systematic Observation & Analysis of Instruction (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5960 - Thesis (6 hrs)  OR
    PEXS 5961 - Capstone Project (3 hrs) + Advisor-approved course (3 hrs)

Program Electives (Select 9 hours)

  • All elective courses must be approved by the Advisor.



Regular Admission:

The following are required for admission in the K-12 PE Teaching Concentration:

  • Must be licensed to teach in any subject area
  • Graduate Record Exam scores
  • 2.7 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume and contact information for at least three academic references
  • Essay explaining goals and reasons for desiring to study with the Department of KLSS and ETSU

Conditional Admission:

Students who are unable to meet “regular admission” requirements, may apply for conditional admission.


For more information please contact the K-12 PE Program Coordinator:

Dr. Diana Mozen
Department of Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Sciences
Box 70654, East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614-1701
Voice: (423) 439-6157
Fax: (423) 439-5383


Various forms of financial assistance are available through the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships are available in the Department of Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Sciences (KLSS) which includes teaching in the Active Lifestyles and Wellness Program or Fit Kids program, research assistants with KLSS Faculty, and various other duties. Other opportunities may be available in campus recreation, intercollegiate athletics, student activities, and other campus areas. Application materials for Graduate Assistantship and Tuition Scholarship positions may be obtained from the Program Coordinator.