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Physical Education Teacher Education

Major and Endorsements

What will I learn?

You will be prepared become a licensed physical education teacher incorporating coursework from the Department of Sport Science as well as from the Department of Teacher Education. You can receive a K-8 or 5-12 teaching endorsement, or a health endorsement for K-12.

You will focus on subjects, administration, activities and methods of teaching and supervising physical education in the elementary school. Emphasis is on the teaching of activities which contribute to the total development of the elementary school child.

Health Endorsement

At least 50% of our PETE majors get their health endorsement. The endorsement is designed around the state teaching requirements and health national standards and allows the graduate opportunities to work in the classroom with students, grades K-12. It's an added benefit when looking for a job.

Explore the Department of Sport Science and Health Education

Interested in the unique opportunities the department has to offer? See more of the opportunities and experiences that will shape your future at Simpson.


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Darrin Seamster '11

Darrin Seamster '11

Internships In Physical Education and Coaching

Because of Simpson College, I gained real world experience through my internships in physical education and coaching.

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Kate Nielsen '14

Kate Nielsen '14

Accepted Into Des Moines University Doctorate Of Physical Therapy Program

Simpson’s location and connections with Des Moines was something very appealing to me. I knew I would need internships and observation hours for physical therapy, and I knew that the possibilities were endless through Simpson.

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