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Physical Education, B.S. Ed.

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program of studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education is designed to prepare the student to teach physical education in elementary, middle, and/or junior and senior high schools (K-12). The program of studies includes 48 hours of general education coursework and 76 hours of content preparation. Students completing the program are eligible to apply for a teaching license in New Mexico. The PETE faculty strives to equip students with the content and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to smoothly transition from pre-service to in-service teaching.

Meet the PETE Faculty

Application Deadlines

Applications to the College of Education & Human Sciences are accepted on an on-going basis after the first semester of coursework within the program. Checkpoint 1 applications are due February 15 of the second semester of enrollment in the program courses.

Note: While applications are accepted on an on-going basis, please allow extra time for processing during the summer months.


Dr. Karen Gaudreault
Department of Health, Exercise,
& Sports Sciences
PE Teacher Education Program
1 University of New Mexico
AlbuquerqueNM 87131-0001
505/277-8173 (phone)
505/277-6227 (fax)

Application Process

After you have completed at least 26 hours and have an overall GPA of 2.75, the College of Education allows you to apply for admission to the College of Education. Beginning April 2014, all BS-Ed Physical Education Teacher Education admission applications to the College of Education will be submitted by interested individuals ONLINE. If you are interested in the Physical Education Teacher Education program, you may use the instruction packet linked here to apply for admission to the College of Education . Please follow the directions provided in the instruction packet.

The Physical Education Teacher Education Program (PETE) requires that you successfully complete all College of Education requirements and PETE requirements to be admitted to the PETE program.

jumping gym teacher

Program Requirements

Program requirements will be updated shortly.

Program Information

Please contact Dr. Karen Gaudreault at for updated program information.

What you can do with an UG degree in PE?

  • Teach K-12 physical education in New Mexico public schools
  • Coaching and sport instruction
  • Teaching physical activity and sport in corporate settings
  • Pursue graduate studies in PETE

A program built for you!

  • Be a part of a cohort group of other students who share a passion for teaching, coaching, and promoting healthy lifestyles for children.
  • Get real life teaching experience in schools with real children.
  • Further your personal growth and development and give back to your community.
  • Assist faculty members with research on physical education teachers, proper assessment in PE, and other critical issues in the field.
kids playing with a parachute and balls

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.