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The Passionate Pursuit of Perfection in Physical Education Teacher Education

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program is committed to preparing 21st century physical education teachers who are highly trained in accordance with national standards set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE:  The PETE program is a rigorous blend of activity skills, foundational sciences, and methodologies applied to the teaching of physical education in the public schools.  The goal of the program is to provide prospective physical education teachers with the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions to be successful deliverers of standards based physical education.

The cutting edge PETE curriculum at UMD is full of up to date course offerings, including a concentration in outdoor and adventure physical education experiences working with special populations in adapted physical education, methods classes that meet and practice in the public schools, PETE foundations and history, lifetime and leisure activities, team sports, aquatics and dance.  A nurturing and inviting environment is promoted in PETE for all participants through the use of a Full Value Contract.

Starting in the second year of the program and as often as possible thereafter, teacher candidates in PETE participate extensively in early field experiences (EFEs). EFEs are a process wherein pre-service teachers work in the pre-K-12 setting with children, host public school students for classes at UMD, and receive supervision from qualified, professional cooperating teachers from the public schools while being supported by a university supervisor.  The culminating experience in EFEs is a full semester of teaching experience in the public school setting.

The Physical Education Teacher Education faculty members are seeking highly motivated students who are dedicated to promoting health and well being through an active lifestyle that leads to life-long learning.  Are you open to mentoring and willing to strive to become part of the best physical education teacher professionals for the 21st century?

Take the Challenge Today!


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