Majors and Minors

Physical Education

Physical Education licensure students leave Cleveland State University with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a quality physical education program for children, adolescents and young adults that is developmentally and instructionally appropriate. The goal of physical education is to promote lifelong physical activity. Students develop a strong background in a variety of sport, leisure, fitness, and adventure activities. Areas of emphasis include human anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, working with diverse populations, pedagogy, and psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity. Most students who choose this major have as their goal teaching physical education and/or coaching in public or private elementary and secondary schools grades Pre-K through 12.

Beginning with their entry level professional course in the Foundations of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education, students are required to participate in building an ePortfolio. Using a variety of media, styles and strategies, the ePortfolio system allows students to demonstrate/showcase the competencies they have achieved by both traditional and non-traditional means.

The Multi-Age Physical Education curriculum has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education. In addition, the program reflects those standards established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

For 2004-05, the College of Education and Human Services reports a 91 percent passage rate on the national Praxis II qualifying teacher licensure exam for physical education. For the same time period, corresponding passage rates on Praxis II Principles of Teaching and Learning Tests for all students in the College ranged from 90 to 100 percent. Moreover, during their initial two years of employment, all program graduates passed the Praxis III Classroom Performance Assessment needed to advance from a two-year provisional to a five-year professional multi-age license to teach physical education.


Cleveland State University graduates with a Multi-Age Physical Education licensure have been very successful in securing employment. Our graduates have excellent reputations and we are represented in school systems throughout the region and the state.

Students in the Multi-Age Physical Education program are strongly encouraged to seek a second teaching licensure in Multi-Age Health Education. The second licensure is important because it increases employment opportunities for graduates since health and physical education instruction are customarily linked in most elementary and secondary schools.

Additionally, Multi-Age Physical Education graduates have the option of seeking employment with health/fitness facilities, recreation centers, and YMCA programs.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Physical Education licensure major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

For more information, contact:
Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, PE 228
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4870

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