Physical Education Teacher Education

students“Guiding young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime.”

Kinesiology – K-12 Physical Education 2019-20
Kinesiology – K-12 Physical Education Degree Map 2017-18

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In the Department of Kinesiology & Dance is a concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education; also know as the PEP program. The PEP program has recently undergone great change. Our program comprises 140 semester hours of course and field work which includes all General Education(GE) requirements, subject matter courses, and student teaching hours. Students who complete the Physical Education option graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education – Teaching Physical Education degree. This degree leads to licensure which is necessary for teaching K-12 physical education in New Mexico public schools.

The faculty are committed to helping prospectus teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will allow them to develop and implement quality physical education programs for New Mexico’s youth. Graduates are prepared to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all students, with the ultimate goal of guiding young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. The program is designed to assist prospective teachers in learning how to meet individual student’s needs, encourage and support lifetime participation in a variety of physical activities, and utilize the NM State and National Standards for Physical Education.

With the state and nation’s concern for the health of American’s, New Mexico is currently committed to providing quality physical education for all its students. There is a strong push for all schools to have licensed Physical education teachers. What this means to future graduates is that there are an abundant of physical education teaching positions in the state of New Mexico.

image002For more information about the PEP program, please contact Dr. Oliver at 575-646-4074 or


Physical Education Teacher Education Program
New Mexico State University
Box 30001, MSC 3M
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-5038