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BA Kinesiology - Physical Education Teacher Education
BA Kinesiology PETE
The Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with All-Level Teacher Certification prepares individuals for teaching and coaching positions in public and private schools. This degree is specifically designed to prepare graduates for certification in teaching K-12 physical education. The program is designed to provide a scientific and pedagogical foundation with multiple public school experiences that enable students to observe, assist teachers and coaches, experiment with curriculum, create programs, and gain structured experiences in teaching. Because of the emphasis on field experiences, our graduates are well-prepared when they enter the workforce. In addition, our graduates work in diverse settings and are able to plan and teach individuals with disabilities successfully. Candidates are also encouraged to earn a second teaching area concentration (such as English, history, biology/life science, math, modern languages, health education, etc.).
In order to qualify for admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program, students must:
- Satisfy the University's credit hour requirements for admission to a degree plan.
- Provide transcripts from each college or university the student has attended (reflecting all current/completed semesters).
Petition for admission into the College of Education prior to taking education coursework:
- Have a GPA of at least 2.75 (overall or for the last 60 hours, whichever is higher).
- Once admitted into the College of Education, a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained across the following education sequence: KINE 4193, KINE 4320, KINE 4321, KINE 4647, LIST 4343, EDUC 4340, and EDUC 3301.
Students who have been suspended or expelled from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons may be denied admission or readmission to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.
Students should meet with an advisor to determine the best courses for their individual circumstances. The University’s General Core Requirements are:
- Communication (6 hours)
- Mathematics (6 hours)
- American History (6 hours)
- Foundational Component Area (3 hours)
- Creative Arts (3 hours)
- Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours)
- Government/Political Science (6 hours)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
- Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)
To learn how to navigate your path to graduation, view our Experiential Major Maps.
Suggested course sequencing
Study Time Recommendations
In general, for every-one semester credit hour of enrollment a student should allocate 3 hours of study time outside of class. For example, a 3 semester credit hours course, may reasonably require 9 hours of study time, outside of class, plus anytime needed to complete clinicals.
Students are encouraged to evaluate their energy level, familial and personal obligations, and school commitments before starting their degree program.
Students should review the academic calendar prior to enrolling and prepare accordingly.
E-tutoring is available for all undergraduate students experiencing academic difficulty. Please visit Online Tutoring - Division of Student Success - The University of Texas at Arlington for more information.
Each candidate in the College of Education of UT Arlington will be evaluated on Professional Dispositions by faculty and staff. These dispositions have been identified as essential for a highly qualified professional. Instructors and program directors will work with candidates rated as "unacceptable" in one or more stated criteria. The candidate will have an opportunity to develop a plan to remediate any digressions.
Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in public school physical education classes. The following classes typically include field experiences: KINE 3388, 4319, 4320, 4321, and 4647.
Students must make sure that all partnering Independent School District criminal background forms are completed early in a semester in which field experiences are anticipated.
In the final semester of the PETE Program, students will be assigned to a student teaching experience in both an elementary and secondary school setting. Student teaching will begin and end based on each school district's academic calendar. The steps for student teaching include:
- Make an appointment with the PETE Academic Advisor (call 817-272-3288). Apply to the College of Education to qualify to enroll in the professional educational sequence of courses via an advising appointment with a College of Education Advisor (call 817-272-2946).
- If a student is planning on completing student teaching in the fall semester of a year, the deadline for application materials to the Office of Professional Development is always March 1st of the prior semester. For those planning on completing it in the spring semester, the deadline is October 1st the prior semester.
- Students must apply to the Director of Field Experience in the College of Education by the appropriate deadline to begin KINE 4647 Student Teaching. Students must also submit any applicable background checks at registration. The student teaching will be performed in both elementary and high school or middle school levels.