Early Childhood - 12th Grade Physical Education
New applicants should select a major in "Exercise and Sports Science" on their ApplyTexas application.
The All-Level Physical Education Certification will later be declared with an academic advisor during New Student Orientation.
After successful completion of the degree and passing scores on the required certification exams, graduates can apply for EC-12 Physical Education teacher certification. The EC-12 Physical Education certification makes you eligible to teach in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School settings in Texas, as the teacher of record for PE and gives you eligibility to coach interscholastic sports. Any teacher who holds an initial valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree can later add additional classroom certification areas by completing the appropriate examination(s).
Considering Graduate School?
Texas State's Health and Human Performance Department offers several graduate programs within Exercise and Sports Science that you can explore on their website here.
While our office assists students seeking undergraduate degrees, Ross Wood is a career educator and the liaison to the College of Education in Career Services. He is available to review resumes, provide interview preparation, discuss search strategies, and more. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Ross [email@example.com] with the following information: major, classification, reason for appointment, and 2-3 different dates/times that work best for your schedule.
Visit the Office of Educator Preparation's website (OEP)
to learn more about admittance, Student Teaching placement, and
testing for certification.
Declaring This Major
Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.
To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated. In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.
Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program
In addition to declaration of the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework beyond the Education Core.
The application and criteria for admittance are available through the Office of Educator Preparation on their website.
This degree program requires a Minor to increase job opportunity.
Graduates in this program are encouraged to test and apply for a second teaching certification after obtaining their initial teacher certification in Physical Education.
Statements of Understanding
Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.
Sequencing and Degree Plan Checksheets
NOTE: Information included on checksheets is subject to change.
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit. Additionally, we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.
While students may continue following a catalog year degree plan for six years, other planning factors such as course offerings or rotations and prerequisite sequencing are subject to change each year. For that reason, the most current degree plan checksheets and sequencing guides are available below; students with questions about navigating older degree plans are encouraged to meet with an advisor.
NOTE: These resources are intended to help you PLAN AHEAD, so be sure to check these before taking transfer coursework whenever possible.
Students planning to earn college credit at another institution for eventual transfer to Texas State should refer to the Transfer Planning Guide for confirmation of which lower-level transfer coursework may be applied toward degree requirements in this specific program.
Additionally, the Transfer Equivalency Guide can be used to determine how any transfer course will be evaluated, regardless of specific degree program.
If you'd like assistance with credit evaluation or admission applications, contact Project Maestros to schedule a Transfer Navigation Appointment.
Did you earn credits toward an AAT? [Associate of Arts in Teaching]
'C's or better in EDUC 1301 and EDUC 2301 satisfy the requirements for ESS 1310 and an ESS Elective in this degree plan
To explore student organizations specifically related to exercise science, health promotion, and recreation visit the Department of Health and Human Performance website.
To explore student organizations specifically related to the teaching profession, visit the Department of Curriculum and Instruction website.
You can also view a more comprehensive list of all the student organizations available across the University through the Student Organizations Council website.
Professional development seminars for pre-service teachers:
Visit the Project Maestros website to learn more about the 'C3: Culture, Community, Communication' professional development certificate program.
Course Substitution Requests
You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.
If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.
The instructions below are specific to the All-Level Physical Education degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.
Core Curriculum for All-Level Physical Education
EXAMPLES: ENG 1310, ENG 1320; MATH 1315*; 030 Life and Physical Sciences; PHIL 1305 or 1320; ART or DAN or MU or TH 2313; HIST 1320, HIST 1320; POSI 2310, POSI 2320; 080 Social and Behavioral Science; COMM 1310; ENG 2310 - 2360
Submit: Transfer Evaluation Request
*If initially approved above, the following require a second approval:
MATH 1315 - submit to College of Science
Other All-Level Physical Education Courses
Major, Certification, Support
Submit one of the following ALPE substitution request forms:
- for AT course credit
- for ESS 2320, 3180, 3321, 3325, 4323, 4624, Adv PE course, or Minor credit
- for other ESS course credit
- for CI or RDG course credit