Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Teacher Preparation


The Physical Education/Teacher Preparation (PETE) program at Saint Joseph’s College provides the necessary information and physical skills to prepare candidates to enter their field as career-focused, market savvy leaders in physical education.

Upon completing the degree, PETE majors are ready to succeed in advanced studies in many different educational settings, including middle schools and high schools, fitness centers, the world of physical and occupational therapy.

Hands-on experience, both in the classroom and off-site at other venues, is the foundation for the physical education program, giving students the tools they need to become influential teachers, trainers, and role models in the community. With a unique focus on sports and physical skills, the program encourages teaching practices that transcend cultural, social, and economic status.

At a Glance

  • Visits to local and national conferences develop social and networking skills.
  • Small classes ensure a personalized experience.
  • Students given numerous opportunities to practice skills out in the greater community, allowing graduates to build a strong resume and increase their marketability.
  • Students are able to further expand their skillset by participating in the Sport and Exercise Science Club.
  • Graduates are prepared to become certified teachers in grades K-12.


The physical education major is a State of Maine approved program that is comprised of liberal studies, education methodology, and a continuum of field experiences. One semester of student teaching is required for teacher certification, but not for graduation. Students are required to provide their own transportation to all education placements (although carpooling can be arranged). Please note, a grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses. A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course. Additionally, all methods courses must be completed prior to student teaching.


Karen Croteau
Karen CroteauProfessor, Health & Wellness Promotion/Exercise Science
EdD, Boston University
MEd, McNeese State University
BS, Bridgewater State CollegeBS, Granite State College
Chris Willer
Chris WillerAssistant Professor, Physical Education
MSEd, Saint Joseph’s College (Maine)
BS, Saint Joseph’s College (Maine
Adam Swartzendruber
Adam SwartzendruberAssistant Professor, Sport & Exercise Science
DHEd, A.T. Still University
MS, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
BS, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Karen Nolan
Karen Nolan'98
Karen Nolan ’98 earned her BS in Physical Education and is now a research scientist at the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center in New Jersey.


Physical Education Students earn Young Professionals Award

Emily Field and Nathan Morin Named Outstanding Future Professionals For Physical Education

Emily and her classmate Nathan have become exemplary educators in classrooms and gymnasiums while studying in the physical education/teacher preparation program at Saint Joseph’s College. Both students were named 2017 Outstanding Future Professionals at the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) Annual Conference.

Learn more about their award.


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