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Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Education and Human Ecology

The physical education, sport and physical activity program (PESPA) prepares students to promote and teach physical activity and recreation activities to children and members of the community.

Two specialization options within the PESPA program

The physical education teacher education (PETE) specialization is a competitive option that includes the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Ohio. Once a student meets the minimum requirements to be admitted into the major, he/she is automatically enrolled into the major. Students are prepared to earn a teaching license for physical education in grades K–12.

A non-licensure option, the physical activity specialist (PAS) specialization merges an understanding of child and youth development with knowledge and instructional skills in physical activity, sport and nutrition. Students who graduate from this program are prepared to become leaders in youth development in recreation centers, sports clubs, schools and similar locations.

Upon admission to the university, students are enrolled in the College of Education and Human Ecology as a pre-major. After completion of the major prerequisites, students are automatically placed in the major. 

Students who wish to pursue the PETE specialization must complete all classes listed in years one and two of the curriculum plan, achieve a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, and complete the application process to be admitted into the major. 

Freshman year

Orientation to Sport and Leisure Studies         
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness    
Life Span Motor Development    

Sophomore year

Coaching the Young Athlete    
Promoting Behavior Change in Sport, Leisure and Exercise  
Teaching Physical Education, Leisure and Exercise
Teaching Invasion Games    
Field Sports    
Adventure Based Learning

Junior year

Teaching Court Games    
Teaching Racquet Sports   
Content in Elementary Physical Education      
Intro to Adapted Physical Activity  
Coaching Effectiveness    
Mass Communication and Youth    
Leadership and Programming in Sports Industry
Youth Organizations and Program Management

Senior year

Black Youth
Internship in Physical Activity Settings 
Sport and Disability
Physical Cultural Issues in Physical Education
Prevention and Youth Development through Sport, Recreation and Play 
Language and Culture in Education 
Programming for Severe Physical Impairments 

The College of Education and Human Ecology Honors Program allows for individualized program structuring to meet students’ learning objectives and provides an opportunity for students to work with faculty to design and perform research. Through an understanding of the core course work and effective research methods, this individualized plan of study helps students experience professional growth and increased knowledge.

The Physical Education (PE) Club is made up of undergraduate students that are interested in helping others in health and fitness. The PE Club runs university club meetings, presents at state workshops, attends national and regional conferences, and assists at local school districts.

Kappa Phi Kappa is a national professional co-ed fraternity in education devoted to the professional development of its members through activities and opportunities, making members aware of career opportunities in education, informing interested members about the education programs at Ohio State, helping members meet possible future colleagues, and helping to support the Columbus community through various community service activities.

Careers include teaching physical education and coaching at secondary schools, as well as coaching at the collegiate level and adapted physical education (graduate school). Students who pursue the physical activity specialist option tend to work in the community in community centers, grant funded programs or for nonprofit organizations.

Office of Undergraduate Student Recruitment
College of Education and Human Ecology
150 Arps Hall
1945 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2741
ehe.osu.edu