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What is physical education?

This major is for students interested in teaching physical education in grades PK-12. Curriculum includes science-based and content-specific courses, teaching methods and health studies.

Why physical education at OSU?

OSU develops educators who facilitate life-long learning and enrich the quality of life for people in public schools and other educational settings. Our education graduates are highly sought after by school leaders and hiring officials in Oklahoma and other states who recognize the exceptional quality of OSU graduates. Our students enter the classroom with extensive and relevant practical experience.

Career paths

Some careers listed below may require additional education.


OSU graduates more national board certified teachers than any other institution in the state.


Field experience

Students will participate in multiple field experiences throughout their curriculum. Observation hours will be completed during the junior and senior years in rural and urban school settings. During the final semester before graduation, students will teach in both an elementary and secondary school setting, or they can participate in student teaching abroad.

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Girl teaching kids abroad

Student teaching abroad

Students have the opportunity to take their student teaching experience abroad, either to Costa Rica or Mexico. The goal of the 15-week international internship program is to expand the personal and professional experience of students and enrich their global perspective as teachers.

Living Learning Program

The Education, Health and Aviation Living Learning Program (LLP) is a residential community for students with a declared major within the college. Located in University Commons, this program provides students with resources and strategies for academic success and personal growth. Community building is paramount as students create meaningful relationships through genuine interactions.

 Physical Education teacher showing students how to play lacross

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