Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Teacher Preparation

  • Overview

    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.
  • Curriculum
    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.
  • Some of our faculty
    • Lisa Ahearn

      Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

      PhD Candidate, United States Sports Academy
      MS, Ithaca College
      BS, Plymouth State College

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    • Dr. Karen Croteau

      Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

      EdD, Boston University
      MEd, McNeese State University
      BS, Bridgewater State College

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    Lisa Ahearn

    Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

    PhD Candidate, United States Sports Academy
    MS, Ithaca College
    BS, Plymouth State College

    Learn more about Lisa

    Dr. Karen Croteau

    Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

    EdD, Boston University
    MEd, McNeese State University
    BS, Bridgewater State College

    Learn more about Karen

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  • Student Stories
    • 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.