Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Option (CLosed Effective Summer 2015)

The PHETE Option will be closed effective Summer 2015. No further enrollment will be allowed into this program after Spring 2015. Students who are interested in PHETE must meet minimum criteria of 27.1 credits and 2.0 cumulative GPA by May 8, 2015 in order to qualify conditionally for entrance into Kinesiology/PHETE Option prior to its closing. To continue in the PHETE option, students will be required to complete the entrance requirements for all Penn State teacher preparation programs. These additional requirements are listed on the Kinesiology website (

Students must contact their assigned advisor prior to May 8, 2015 if they wish to be considered for PHETE. Advisors should forward interested/qualified students’ names and ID numbers directly to Lisa Myers, Advising Center Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology, For further clarification or questions, please contact Lisa Myers,

The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) option prepares teachers for K-12 Health and Physical Education. It includes all the academic requirements for the Instructional I Certificate in these fields issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, graduates are prepared for alternative careers as teachers in private business or program directors in agency or club settings.

Forms and Documents

Please see the documents below for recommended and required courses in the PHETE option.

Practicum Information

Each Kinesiology option culminates in a practicum experience, as part of the curriculum. Read more about Kinesiology practicum experiences.

Clearance Requirements

Multiple clearances are required in order to take all of the field experiences in PHETE.

Admission Requirements

There are several entrance requirements for all University teacher preparation programs. In addition to special clearances and liabilities insurances are required for all PHETE field experiences.

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0

  2. Passing scores in PECT PAPA TESTS for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
    (**Note: If you took any of the PRAXIS I exams for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to April 2, 2012, please see a Kinesiology Advisor**)

  3. Completion of an education core: EDPSY 14 and EDTHP 115

  4. An early field experience preferably in a diverse setting (one with at least 25 percent minority students) for KINES majors, KINES 295A

  5. 6 credits of required course work in the teaching field with a grade of C or higher for KINES majors: KINES 141 and 180

  6. ENGL 015 or 030

  7. 6 credits of Quantification (GQ)

  8. 3 credits of Literature (from approved list)

  9. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits

  10. Documented evidence showing completion of at least 80 hours of paid or volunteer work in a setting with an age-appropriate population, including a minimum of 40 hours with the majority of students, who are from an underrepresented group, a mentally or physically challenged group, or a group different from the candidate's own background

  11. Approval by the PHETE Entrance to Option Coordinator

Limitation on the number of transfer courses used for KINES 300-Level core:

Effective FA15, out of the Kines 300-level core courses (Kines 321, 341, 345, 350, 360, and 384), only up to two courses (6 credits) can be transferred in and used towards graduation for the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Majors.

Policy 83-80 limitations on source and time for credit acquisition:

In accordance with Policy 83-80.5, the Department of Kinesiology requires at least 24 credits of Kinesiology courses required for graduation to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. The 24 credits include the capstone course in the major: Kines 495B for the Movement Science Option; Kines 495F for the Athletic Training Major; Kines 495A or Kines 495B for the Applied Exercise and Health Option; and Kines 495C for the Exercise Science Option. Students who are earning the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Major at University Park may not count courses taken at other Penn State Campuses towards this 24 credit minimum.

Additional Information needed for PHETE students: