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

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.


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National Standards & Guidelines for Physical Education Teacher Education
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For more information about the Program Review timeline and review process please visit the CAEP website.


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