Major code BS8106
Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
Grover Center E160
Athens, OH 45701
Kelli Dyer, contact person
A major in physical education prepares students for careers as physical education teachers for children and youth grades prekindergarten through twelve (PreK-12 teaching license). All students interested in physical education will enter Ohio University as a premajor (prephysical education major code ND8838). Admission into the major is a competitive process requiring the student to formally apply to the major and be accepted, upon completion of the following:
- Must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Must retake course if grade is below a C (2.0)
- Must complete all skill and fitness program assessments
- Must demonstrate appropriate levels of professionalism (Assessed throughout the program)
No requirements beyond University admission requirements to be in the premajor. Once all premajor requirements have been met as described above, the student must formally apply to the physical education major. Premajor to major forms can be obtained from your physical education advisor. These forms must be filled out and signed by your academic advisor and the program coordinator. The form is then taken to the Office of Student Affairs in the Patton College of Education. Your physical education major code will then be changed to BS8106. These forms are only processed the first two weeks of the semester.
Change of Program Policy
All students changing their major to physical education must first start out in the premajor (ND8838). Change of major forms can be obtained on the first floor of McCracken Hall in the Patton College of Education. These forms are only processed the first two weeks of the semester.
Admission to the Physical Education Major
Once all premajor requirements have been completed, the student must formally apply to the physical education major. Premajor to major forms can be obtained from your physical education advisor. Upon acceptance into the physical education major, the next step is professional standing. To obtain professional standing status, the student must attend one of the scheduled meetings for professional standing in McCracken Hall, Patton College of Education and complete an application acquired at the meeting.
Successful admission to professional standing (2.75 GPA or higher and 21 or higher ACT or 1060 or higher SAT or successful completion of PRAXIS I, and 25 credit hours) will allow you to complete the 2000-level block in the Patton College of Education.
After successfully completing the 2000-level block you must apply for advanced standing to become eligible to take courses at the 3000- and 4000-level in the Patton College of Education. To obtain advanced standing status, the student must attend one of the scheduled meetings for advanced standing in McCracken Hall, Patton College of Education and complete an application acquired at the meeting. Students must receive a C (2.0) or higher in all physical and professional education courses and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the physical education major.
External Transfer Admission
All transfer students must start out in the premajor until all transfer courses have been equated and all requirements to advance to the physical education major have been met. Once this has been done the procedure is the same for those students who have transferred into the major internally.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
A degree in physical education prepares you to teach physical education from prekindergarten through grade twelve. Ohio teacher licensure is dependent upon students’ scores on both sections of the PRAXIS II exam (Physical Education Content Knowledge and one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6; 5-9; 7-12). Aside from a teaching career in physical education, a bachelor’s of science in physical education prepares students for employment in a variety of physical activity settings and provides a foundation for graduate level programs (e.g., coaching interscholastic athletics, youth services, campus, etc.).