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Early Childhood - 12th Grade Physical Education

Career Opportunities

After successful completion of the degree and passing scores on the required certification exams, graduates can apply for EC-12 Physical Education teacher certification. The EC-12 Physical Education certification makes you eligible to teach in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School settings in Texas, as the teacher of record for PE and gives you eligibility to coach interscholastic sports. Any teacher who holds an initial valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree can later add additional classroom certification areas by completing the appropriate examination(s).

Considering Graduate School?
Texas State's Health and Human Performance Department offers several graduate programs within Exercise and Sports Science that you can explore on their website here.

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a specialized advanced degree in School Psychology, which prepares graduates with or without teaching experience for licensure to provide direct support and interventions to K-12 students in collaboration with teachers, families, administrators, and fellow mental health professionals.

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program

In addition to declaration of the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework beyond the Education Core. 

The application and criteria for admittance are available through the Office of Educator Preparation on their website.

Minor and Second Teaching Field Options

This degree program requires a Minor or Second Teaching Field.
Declaration of a Second Teaching Field will lead to a split Student Teaching placement (i.e., partial day in PE setting; partial day in Second teaching Field setting), as well as eligibility to test for and upon graduation apply for the second teaching certification. 

Students that declare a Minor may later test and apply for a second teaching certification after graduating and obtaining their initial teacher certification in Physical Education.

Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.

Degree Plan Checksheet

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

Course Sequencing

The ALPE teacher preparation sequence spans at least three long semesters (fall or spring).
All Educator Preparation coursework requires a 2.75 Overall GPA and Junior Classification, while Block and Student Teaching experiences also require Educator Preparation Program Admittance.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.5 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].


  1. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  2. If declared, a 2.50 GPA in the Second Teaching Field is required.
  3. All Major as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.  If declared, all Second Teaching Field coursework must also be completed with grades of 'C' or higher.  

Academic Advisor

Our advisors are assigned to specific degree programs.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk staff will confirm your declared or desired major and will schedule you accordingly. 

Each degree program includes crucial planning details such as GPA requirements, course rotations, prerequisites, program sequences, applications/deadlines, etc.

By focusing on only one or a few degree programs, your Advisor will be better able to keep track of those details and, in turn, share them accurately with you. 

Agustín García

Additional Opportunities

Join the Exercise and Sports Science Organization.
Meet other students who share an interest in this career field, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers, and gain the opportunity to attend professional conferences. Members also participate in social and community endeavors like tailgating, River Cleanup, and Intramurals.
Invitations are automatically sent through the organization's TRACS site to all ESS majors.
If you haven't received an invitation but are interested in joining, email Marty Wright.

Or join one of these other student organizations related to the teaching profession:

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Contact: Stacia Miller,

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Contact:  Dr. Laura Sanchez-Fowler (Sponsor),; or Caroline Sommer (President),

Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education
Contact: Dr. Nathan Bond (Sponsor),

Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society
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San Marcos Student Reading Council (SMSRC)
Contact: Dr. Gwynne Ellen Ash,

Texas State Teachers Association
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Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the All-Level Physical Education degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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