The online Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) master’s program is designed for working physical education professionals. The format allows students to complete online courses during spring and fall semesters and mostly online courses (online and on-campus) during the summers. This format is ideal for teachers and coaches with demanding schedules who need to balance work and family while continuing their education. The WVU MS in PETE program is a non-thesis program; students complete a final teaching practicum that culminates during their third and final summer.
The curriculum and professional activities empower teachers to examine their current knowledge and teaching practices. A range of current professional topics are covered including physical activity in schools, teaching with technology, use of instructional models, teaching students with disabilities, grant writing and advocacy. Students in the WVU MS in PETE program evaluate their teaching effectiveness using research-informed methods to extend their understanding of school physical activity and physical education for K-adult learners. One signature feature of the program is the cohort structure. These foster professional communities of collaborative, problem-based learning focused on real-world challenges and solutions.