2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Exercise and Sport Science Major: Physical Education - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(Teacher certification programs)

Admission to PETE Program

Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program (PETE) is competitive and successful completion of application requirements does not guarantee admission into the PETE program. Students who wish to be considered for acceptance into the program will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Completion and grade point average (GPA) of foundation courses - Student must earn a "C" or better in each course,
Foundation courses
ESS 118Introduction to the Physical Education Teaching Profession2
BIO 100Biology for the Informed Citizen4
or BIO 105 General Biology
or MIC 100 Microbes and Society
ESS 200Introduction to Teaching Methods in Physical Education2
HPR 105Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle3
  1. 2.75 combined cumulative GPA (including transfer grade points),
  2. K-12 leadership involvement and reflection,
  3. A satisfactory interview with PETE admission committee members, and
  4. A criminal background check.

Students are allowed to apply for PETE admission twice during their academic career at UWL. Course substitutions may be authorized by the program director. Curriculum changes may result in a revision of courses and other criteria used as admission requirements.

Retention and advancement

Students admitted into the PETE program must maintain a 2.75 grade point average, and must successfully complete portfolio requirements. In order to enroll in student teaching and clinical courses, students must have earned and maintained a 2.75 combined cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major, minor, concentration, and professional course work. Passing scores for the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment are required in each certification area prior to entering student teaching.

Aquatics and first aid certification

Exercise and sport science teaching majors must possess a current Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and American Red Cross First Aid or equivalent agency certification prior to student teaching.


76-81 credits

Professional requirements

First yearCredits
ESS 1182
ESS 1212
Sophomore yearCredits
ESS 2002
ESS 2053
ESS 2063
ESS 2073
ESS 2123
ESS 2313
ESS 2612
Junior yearCredits
ESS 3023
ESS 3042
ESS 3103
ESS 3632
ESS 3643
ESS 3663
ESS 3673
Senior yearCredits
ESS 4195
ESS 4205
ESS 4232
ESS 4243
ESS 4251
Total Credits: 58

Teacher education requirements

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers 13
EDS 206Multicultural Education 13
EDS 494Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Adolescence/Early Adolescence-Adolescence9-15
PSY 370Educational Psychology3
Total Credits18-24

Physical education teacher certification majors are required to take BIO 100 Biology for the Informed Citizen (4 cr.)1 or BIO 105 General Biology (4 cr.)1 or MIC 100 Microbes and Society (4 cr.)1, and HPR 105 Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle (3 cr.)1 to meet prerequisite requirements for advanced courses. It is recommended that all incoming first year students wishing to major in exercise and sport science-physical education teacher certification enroll in ESS 121 Teaching Adventure Education in Physical Education (2 cr.) and ESS 118 Introduction to the Physical Education Teaching Profession (2 cr.) during their first year at UWL.

Teacher certification candidates should refer to additional teacher education policies identified in the School of Education section of this catalog. These policies apply to students in all teacher certification programs. The School of Education website also has additional information.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ESS 1182ESS 1212
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3ESS 2002
HPR 105 or (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3
BIO 100, 105, or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4Gen Ed Arts2-3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3Gen Ed Math4
Meet with faculty advisor to discuss requirements for admission to Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program.1 Gen Ed Elective3
 Apply for Admission to Physical Education Teacher Education Program (PETE) following the completion of BIO or MIC 100, HPR 105, ESS 118, and ESS 200. A GPA of 2.75 or more is required.1 
 15 16
Year 2
ESS 2123ESS 2063
ESS 2053ESS 2073
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ESS 2313
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3ESS 2612
Gen Ed Global Studies3ESS 3103
Satisfy First Aid/CPR and Water Safety Instructor certification requirement. Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4
 15 17
Year 3
ESS 3023ESS 3042
ESS 3643ESS 3632
ESS 3663ESS 4195
ESS 3673PSY 3703
Gen Ed Natural Science Lab; choose from list of Gen Ed PHYSICAL SCIENCE offerings.24Gen Ed Humanities - Literature3
 16 15
Year 4
ESS 4205ESS 4251
ESS 4232EDS 494312
ESS 4243 
Gen Ed Arts2 
Gen Ed Elective2 
 14 13
Total Credits: 121
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