If you are interested in becoming an educator in the field of physical education, we will prepare you for a career with in-depth learning techniques and real-world learning methods.

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. 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.   

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. 

What You’ll Do  

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, better preparing you for a career in physical education. Southeast’s education program’s unique block format, in addition to providing increased professional experience. In addition, you’ll: 

  • Teach in public and private schools. 
  • Engage in experiential learning throughout the program. 
  • Gain hands on experience in local classrooms.  
  • Work closely with faculty mentors with years of classroom experience. 

What Can You Do with a Physical Education Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship, Graduate School, and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • The program prepares students to work in K-12 schoolsas Physical Educators.
  • Many graduates of the Physical Education Program decide to enter coaching in addition to teaching.
  • Graduates of the Physical Education program include numerous excellent educators in the state and region, butalso include nationally recognized collegiate coaches such as Linda Wells (softball), Dr. Tim Rademaker (pole vault),and numerous collegiate basketball and football coaches.
  • Some graduates decide on careers outside of traditional classroom teaching, such as occupations in the recreation or fitness industries.

Physical Education Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Outcomes & Careers 

  • $69k 

    Elementary & Secondary Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an elementary and secondary school teacher is $69,480. 





  • $57k

    Athletic Coach

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an athletic coach is $57,450.





  • $68k

    Middle School Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Middle school teacher is $67,790. 


What You'll Study

Degree Map

As a physical education major, you’ll learn in unique courses such as Children’s Physical Education, Rhythms and Play, and Adapted Physical Education. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Education Courses- 41 Hours Required

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280 which requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • EF400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Reading/Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • SE321 Techniques of Teaching Physical Education (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy 2: Secondary School – Interdisciplinary Methods & Technologies (4)
  • SE380 Advanced Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Middle and Secondary Education Methods of Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

Physical Education – 56 Hour Major - No Minor Required

  • AT130 Dance for Aerobic Fitness (1)
  • BS113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • HL231 Fitness Conditioning (3)
  • PE201 Sport and Society (3)
  • PE216 Theory & Practice of Team Sports (3)
  • PE217 Theory and Practice of Individual/Dual Lifetime Activities (3)
  • PE220 First Aid (2)
  • PE235 Psychology of Coaching & Human Performance (3)
  • PE238 Foundations, History and Philosophy of Physical Education (3)
  • PE239 Teaching Children Physical Education (3)
  • PE240 Rhythm, Plays & Games (2)
  • PE261 Concepts of Injury Management in Physical Education (3)
  • PE263 Injury Management in Physical Education Lab (1)
  • PE305 Motor Development & Learning (3)
  • PE310 Assessment for Physical Educators (3)
  • PE315 Methods in Middle School PE (3)
  • PE341 Physiology of Conditioning (3)
  • PE408 Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (3)
  • PE464 Kinesiology (3)

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • PE201 (3)
  • PE216 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (18 Hours)
  • FN235 (3)
  • PE217 (3)
  • PE238 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Complete MEP

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (18 Hours) 
  • AT130 (1)
  • HL231 (3) 
  • PE220 (2)
  • PE239 (3) 
  • PE240 (3)
  • PY222 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (16 Hours) 
  • BS113/013 (4)
  • ED280 (3)  
  • PE235 (3) 
  • PE315 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
Literacy Block
  • EX390 (3) 
  • PE261 (3) 
  • PE263 (1) 
  • PE305 (3)
  • SE350 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (19 Hours) 
Content Block
  • PE310 (3)
  • PE341 (3)
  • PE408 (3)
  • SE307 (3)
  • SE355 (3)
  • SE365 (4)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (12 Hours) 
Advanced Block
  • PE464 (3)
  • SE321 (3)
  • SE380 (3)
  • SE385 (3)
Spring Semester (13 Hours) 
Student Teaching Block
  • EF400 (1)
  • SE465 (12)

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, passing score on MEES, 3.0 GPA in Education and content courses.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Learning Communities

Another big benefit of the education program at Southeast is the opportunity to live in the Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community which links cohort living and learning opportunities, meaning you’ll be in the same residence hall with students in your classes from your major.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.


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  • Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions logo
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) logo
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics logo
  • COSMA accreditation logo
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Out of State Certification

Completion of this program allows you to be eligible to apply for an education certification in the state of Missouri through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). It is not certain if it leads to certification in other states. The U.S. Department of Education has contact information available for each state's licensure agencies.

Office Location
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Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701