The Physical Education Teacher Education curriculum prepares teacher candidates to be excellent educators, and 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 PE 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.
The Exercise and Sport Science curriculum is solidly grounded in science, and 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 Health Fitness Specialist 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 ExSS 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. For non-majors, a Strength and Conditioning minor is available and includes comprehensive preparation for the CSCS exam.