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Welcome to the online home of the Physical Education program at USC Upstate.  Our mission is to prepare our students to be highly competent and thoughtful professional educators or practitioners in their chosen field, using the most effective classroom and hands-on learning experiences.  We encourage students to 'Be PROFESSIONAL' in all aspects of their academic careers.

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The Physical Education major has two areas of concentration. The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) concentration prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study in physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and secondary levels. Requirements for acceptance into the Teacher Education program can be found here.  

Students choosing the Exercise and Sport Science concentration are trained for a variety of careers, including fitness specialist, personal training, and strength and conditioning specialist.  With graduate training, students can pursue careers in sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical therapy.  Preparation for both the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam and the ACSM’s Health Fitness Specialist exam is built into the curriculum, and students passing one of these national exams can expect enhanced job opportunities. 

Contact Us

Dr. Ben Snyder
Program Coordinator
Exercise and Sports Science Director
Phone: 864-503-5528
Fax: 864-503-5574

Dr. Jim Kamla
Physical Education Teacher Education Director
Phone: 864-503-5851
Fax: 864-503-5574

Cate Egan
Phone: 864-503-5158
Fax: 864-503-5574

School of Education
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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