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.

Workshops at the 2019 National Convention & Expo

Join us at ticketed events 02 & 07 to unpack the standards, prepare program reports and become a reviewer.


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.

For additional information about these standards
or the program review process please contact:
SPA Coordinator - Michelle Carter,




Initial PETE Standards
Revision Task Force

Tab Uhrich (Chair) Towson University
Hans van der Mars Arizona State University
Jose Santiago Sam Houston State University
Karen Smail College of Charleston
Liz Payne Fairfax County Public Schools
Lynn Couturier MacDonald SUNY Cortland
Tracy Krause Tahoma Senior High School
Bruce Pietz University of Mount Union
For more information about the Program Review timeline and review process please visit the CAEP website.