Physical Education Teacher Education
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the accrediting body that is a merging of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), accredits teacher preparation programs.
SHAPE America is the CAEP Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for physical education, and as such, SHAPE America develops the guidelines for physical education teacher education. Professional preparation programs that offer specialization in Physical Education may apply for CAEP Program Review with National Recognition.
Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards
Any version of the 2017 PETE Standards downloaded and printed prior to 2/28/17 should be discarded.
Please note that programs have a two year transition period to submit reports using either the 2008 or 2017 Initial PETE Standards. After the two year transition period, starting Spring 2019, programs must submit using the 2017 Initial PETE Standards. If you have questions or concerns please contact the SPA Coordinator below.