Explore Physical Education

Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.   

SHAPE America has defined the essential components of physical education.

PE Components4 Essential Components

SHAPE America develops the national standards and guidelines for physical education, and offers extensive professional development opportunities, cutting-edge resources such as the newly released National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, and respected peer-reviewed journals to help you become a leader in your classroom, institution and community. 

Be sure to check out all of the tools and resources available for teachers of K-12, early childhood and adapted physical education and physical activity.