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SIU Carbondale Financial Sustainability Plan

The SIU Carbondale Financial Sustainability Plan that was released by Acting Chancellor/President Randy Dunn and approved by the SIU Board of Trustees on Thursday July 13, 2017.

In this plan, Physical Education Teacher Education has been listed as a program that has suspended admission effective Fall 2018. The Physical Education Teacher Education program has been very low enrolled for a number of years now and there are currently no tenure track faculty. These issues are due in large part to decisions made at the state level. The Department of Kinesiology will be assessing the status of the program to determine the next steps. Be assured that we will teach out any current PE majors who wish to complete their degree at SIUC.

This is clearly a sad day for the Department of Kinesiology as Physical Education was the original major that launched the Department. 


The mission of the Department of Kinesiology Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program at SIU-Carbondale is to prepare graduates to become successful reflective K-12 physical education teachers who adhere to appropriate and best practices in the physical education classroom. It is the endeavor of the PETE Program to develop lifelong learners who pursue continued professional development and who will experience and establish collaborative relationships with current professional physical educators within the public schools and the PETE department. SIU-Carbondale PETE graduates will develop the abilities to deliver developmentally appropriate sequenced curricula to diverse populations of students. It is our goal to produce graduates who will positively impact student learning and student growth through physical skill development, knowledge and personal esteem leading to the students’ own pursuit of a healthy active lifestyle. The PETE Program is aligned with the School of Education and Human Services Teacher Education Program reflective teaching EdTPA model.


The Physical Education program adheres to the State of Illinois and National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards. The program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Majoring in Physical Education Teacher Education:

  • 120 credit hours with a minimum 2.75 GPA required for graduation
  • Students must pass the State of Illinois Content Area Test to be licensed to teach. Reciprocal License Agreements allow the students to take the Content Area Test for licensure in other states.
  • PETE Curriculum Guide

Teacher Education majors from other subject areas may complete an endorsement in Physical Education. Successful completion of the Physical Education courses required by the endorsement and passing the State of Illinois Content Area Test would allow the individual to teach physical education in grades 7-12. Please see the Endorsement Curriculum Guide for more information.

Coaching Minor

Students are able to complete a minor in coaching in conjunction with the PETE requirements. The coaching minor provides students with a basic understanding of the coaching process in preparation to coach at the 8-12 grade levels. This minor requires 16 credit hours. Please see the Coaching Minor Curriculum Guide for more information.