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NASPE LogoThe physical education teacher education curriculum prepares teacher candidates to be excellent educators. It includes a professional pedagogy core and a physical education content core. In the pedagogy core, candidates are taught the basic principles of teaching, including classroom management, student assessment, long range and short range planning and the use of technology in the classroom. The p.e. content core prepares candidates to apply their teaching skills to instill healthy habits and impart the importance of physical activity in children and adolescents based on sound scientific evidence and accepted pedagogical technique. Based on the high standards of the curriculum, the PETE program  at USC Upstate has achieved  National Recognition by NASPE.

ERP LogoThe exercise and sport science curriculum is solidly grounded in science. Students will learn their craft through a variety of  laboratory, research and classroom-based experiences. Because of the comprehensive nature of the curriculum, students will be prepared to sit for two national certification exams: the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist exam and the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s  Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, which is offered on campus once a year in January. Our EXSC curriculum meets the recommendations of the ACSM and has been accepted by the NSCA’s  Education Recognition Program for its suitability to prepare future strength and conditioning professionals. Additionally, students in the exercise and sport science program at USC Upstate can qualify for the enhanced Life Scholarship ($2,500), an opportunity only available to students at two other schools in South Carolina.

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

School of Education
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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