National Standards & Guidelines

National Standards & Guidelines for Physical Education Teacher Education, 3rd Edition

This edition provides PETE programs with guidance on the 2008 Initial and Advanced national physical education teacher training standards.

New in this edition:
  • Initial and Advanced PETE Standards and Elements
  • Sample rubrics
  • Guidance on preparing for NCATE reviews
  • Focus on outcomes-based assessment
  • Guidance on writing assessments
Initial PETE Standards

Standard 1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge
Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Standard 2: Skill-Based and Fitness-Based Competence
Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness as delineated in SHAPE America's K-12 Standards

Standard 3: Planning and Implementation.
Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.

Standard 4: Instructional Delivery and Management.
Physical education teacher candidates use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.

Standard 5: Impact on Student Learning
Physical education teacher candidates utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and to inform instructional decisions.

Standard 6: Professionalism
Physical Education teacher candidates demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

View the complete National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education

Advanced PETE Standards

Standard 1: Professional Knowledge
Advanced physical education teacher candidates come to understand disciplinary content knowledge, the application of content knowledge to teaching physical education, and modes of inquiry that form the bases for physical education programs and instruction.

Standard 2: Professional Practice
Advanced physical education teacher candidates use content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge to design and conduct appropriate learning experiences that facilitate and enhance the growth of learners.

Standard 3: Professional Leadership
Advanced physical education teacher candidates are continuous, collaborative learners who further their own professional development and use their abilities to contribute to the profession.