Southeast’s education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national accreditation and Southeast’s strong program requirements and reputation offer our graduates enhanced opportunities when searching for and obtaining employment nationwide.
Our physical education program is also nationally recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).
A graduate of Southeast's physical education program will be qualified to teach physical education in grades PK-12. The program is built around the performance-based model, consistent with the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards. The physical education program infuses technology into student experiences and learning. The program's Motor Development Laboratory is equipped with a stability platform, a photoelectric rotary pursuit, and other tools for measuring perceptual-motor abilities. Teacher candidates in the program also have hands-on experiences with various teaching analysis software. Southeast’s education program differs from that of many other universities by providing you with extensive field experience, beginning with first-hand classroom training and observation during your freshman year and continuing through student teaching during your senior year.
As a student in Southeast’s physical education program, you will receive a full semester of on-the-job student teaching experience, as opposed to the traditional eight or nine weeks of training, thus better preparing you for a career in physical education.
Southeast’s education program’s unique block format, in addition to providing increased professional experience, allows you to meet other students with your major early on, thus enabling you to form common bonds and establish professional relationships with others in your field.