Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Teacher Education


The Physical Education/Teacher Education (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.
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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.

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Meet Our Faculty


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
Dawn Strout
Dawn StroutAssistant Professor, Sport & Exercise Science
M.Ed. University of Maine Orono
B.S., University of Maine Orono


Physical Education/Health Teacher alumnus Sawyer Pinkham ’19 teaches his students about ice fishing and how to be good stewards of the outdoors

Sawyer Pinkham 2019 Physical Education graduate

“Taking students out ice fishing has been something that we’ve talked about at my school for the last two years. In a non-traditional school year, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try something different and give the students a chance to learn a lifelong skill. Students helped with setting traps, cleaning out drilled holes, and in the two cases, pulling up their own fish when they had a flag. Students also learned about building a fire without any sort of paper, dry wood vs wet wood, slow burning wood vs fast burning wood, etc. We are now looking to make this a yearly occurrence to hopefully teach students more about these skills and possibly find a new outdoor hobby that they can enjoy during the Winter months.”

Sawyer Pinkham ’19
Physical Education/Health Teacher

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Maddi Cormier 22 physical education teacher preparation

Senior Maddi Cormier Named Outstanding Future Professionals For Physical Education

Maddi has worked and volunteered in several elementary schools as well with community-based projects such as Fitter than a Fifth Grader and Teens to Trails. This year, she was named 2021 Outstanding Future Professionals at the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) Annual Conference.

Learn more about her award.


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