Physical Education Teacher Education K-12 (PETE)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Begin gaining skills to show youth how to prioritize wellness

The B.S. in physical education teacher education K-12 (PETE) at UW provides opportunities to learn by doing. Student teaching takes young professionals through internship experiences at elementary and secondary schools. 

In our program, accredited by the Society of Health and Physical Educators, students can learn with confidence they’re receiving a quality education. 

What Is Physical Education Teacher Education K-12?

UW shows PETE students exactly how to pursue a career in physical education with field-based learning experiences. Cutting-edge instruction in many models develops well-rounded approaches to teaching.


How to Apply to the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Progressional Program:

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Faculty in the PETE program are known for leading research in the field, gathering noteworthy insights for future educators. 

To name a few, Dr. Tristan Wallhead is a leading researcher in pedagogical models. Dr. Kelly Simonton is a top researcher in achievement motivation in physical education, and Dr. Ben Kern is well-known for research on teacher behavior change.

With diverse interests, PETE faculty offer students a chance to undergo professional development in many facets of the program. 

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What Can You Do with a B.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education K-12?

Physical educators contribute important wellness lessons to children who can then use those skills to lead healthy lives. Over the last 3 years, 100% of PETE graduates have found job placement. 

Physical Education Teacher Education K-12 Careers

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Education Administrator
  • Physician


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Physical Education Teacher Education K-12 Program Highlights

Students apply to the PETE program at UW to pursue a career in education. The following benefits are just a few factors that help them along the way:

Smaller Class Sizes

At UW, students interact with their peers and faculty in collaborative settings instead of sitting in lecture halls with 400 strangers. Here there are opportunities to get much-needed one-on-one time. 

Teaching Experiences 

In addition to a semester-long student teaching internship, PETE students spend 3 semesters in teaching laboratories to hone their abilities. These semesters get students ready to embrace the world as educators. 

Distinguished Scholarships

Scholarships are available for PETE students enrolled in the program. Those not yet enrolled may be qualified for various undergraduate scholarships and financial aid opportunities. 

Networking & Student Groups

PETE Student Association (PETESA) is an organization for students to unite with each other, administration, alumni, and faculty. Their goal is to learn and participate in professional development. 

Contact Us

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College of Health Sciences

Division of Kinesiology and Health

Corbett Building 119

Department 3196, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5284