The Professional Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program is a 14-month (June-August) graduate program which includes graduate courses as well as extensive practical experiences in the public schools at all levels.

Successful completion of the program earns a Master of Science Degree (soon to be a Master of Adapted Physical Education), recommendation for an Oregon initial license across four levels of authorization in physical education, and an adapted physical education endorsement (Oregon).

Students interested in applying to the MS-PETE program will submit the majority of application materials through the Oregon State University Graduate School.


The following materials are needed to apply:

  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including OSU
  • Resume – include education, practicum or teaching experiences, work with diverse populations, other work experience with children and youth, honors, activities, and interests.
  • Professional goal statement – Describe your interest and motivation for applying to the program. If admitted, this essay is sent to student teaching placement sites.
  • Form B. The Subject Matter Competency List. Contact Heidi Wegis for questions concerning the content/coursework listed on the Form B. This document is not uploaded to the Graduate School Admissions Page. It should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • TSPC Character Question Form – Required by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Please send directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Electronic copy of Official Passing Score on the ORELA Protecting Students and Civil Rights Exam. These scores are not uploaded to the Graduate School, but should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Electronic copy of official passing score on the ORELA Pearson NES Physical Education Test, if completed by application deadline. If provisionally admitted, this passing score is required by September 1st of your program year. These scores should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Three letter of recommendation
    • One letter must come from a physical educator who has observed you in a formal school setting, attesting to your competence in working with school-age children/youth.
    • The second letter is from a current or former professor who can attest to your academic ability to do graduate work.
    • The third letter may fit either of the first two categories.


Program Information


Admission Requirements

  • Completed Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-requisite courses in Physical Education to
    represent basic content knowledge
  • 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Passing scores on the:
    • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test
    • ORELA Physical Education test
  • Verification of successful experience working with children and/or youth
    (include those of ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds) in school physical
    education settings
  • Affirmative answer to statement regarding moral character
  • Verification of capacity to conduct graduate level course work
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses and/or equivalent: PSY 350
    Lifespan Human Development; ED 253 Learning Across the Lifespan; ED 216
    Purpose, Structure, and Function of Education in a Democracy; and ED 219
    Multicultural Issues in Education
  • Form B (doc)
  • TSPC Character Question Form (docx)


Review Process

  • Graduate School Acceptance
  • Application materials reviewed by the Candidate Selection Committee
  • Formal interview by Candidate Selection Committee to include commitment to
    teaching, character, ability to articulate, and sensitivity toward young people.
  • Accepted applicants are notified in writing.


For additional information or to discuss the MS-PETE program

Dr. Heidi Wegis, Director
(541) 737-9932


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