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Physical Education

Photo of a PE classThe course of study in Physical Education may lead to the special licensure for teaching physical education in the public schools. Students not interested in licensure may complete the Physical Education major course of study or consider related fields and careers and review the programs in Sport Management and/or Health Promotion and Fitness.

Otterbein's Physical Education students participate in local service learning projects such as Community Health Fairs, Elementary School Family Activity Nights, fitness education programs, field days, and Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart for local school students.

Many students in the program are members of professional organizations such as American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance and Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Students serve on college committees, serve as state convention volunteers, and attend and present at conferences and workshops.

The Physical Education major program of study gives the necessary specialized foundation to enter the field. Coupled with the broad academic experiences through the liberal arts curriculum it provides the flexibility, adaptability and creativity necessary for career growth and satisfaction in our rapidly changing society.

Program Contact

Patti Wilson, MS, CHES

Admission Requirements

Once admitted to Otterbein University, you are eligible to become a Physical Education major automatically if you choose. Within the Physical Education major, you may choose to pursue a Physical Education major with or without teacher licensure.

Seeking Teacher Licensure
If you are choosing to seek teacher licensure, you must also meet the Education Department Teacher Education Program requirements:

  • Minimum Math and English scores: ACT of 20 or SAT of 500 or PRAXIS I of 172*
  • Maintain a 2.5 Otterbein & major GPA*
  • Earn "C" or better grades in all major and Education required courses*
  • Complete fingerprint and annual background checks prior to any field experience courses
  • Receive positive Department and Field Experience recommendations
  • Submit an application and recommendation form to the Teacher Education Program the semester following the  completion of EDUC 2000: Educational Psychology (Sophomore/Junior year).

*Failure to meet or maintain these requirements results in non-admission or dismissal from the Teacher Education Program.

If you are seeking teacher licensure, you will double major in Health Education and Physical Education to increase your employment options. Please see the bottom of this page for a checklist of requirements for the B.A in  Physical Education and Health Education  with Teacher Licensure.

Not Seeking Teacher Licensure
If you are not seeking teacher licensure, you will work with your academic advisers to individualize your program to best fit your respective career interests, while meeting graduation requirements. You will be required to complete an internship in your area of interest prior to graduation.  Please see the bottom of this page for a checklist of Requirements for the B.A. in Physical Education non-teacher licensure.

Transfer Students
Transfer students wishing to pursue teacher licensure must first contact the transfer counselor in the Admissions Office for specific information related to this process.

Careers and Graduate Schools

Graduate School
Our Physical Education majors frequently attend graduate school to earn a masters degree in education, exercise science, public health or school administration.


  • Youth sports
  • Recreation leagues
  • Middle school
  • High school
  • University
  • Athletic clubs/YMCA/Recreation Centers Aquatics director
  • Fitness director
  • Youth sports director
  • Exercise specialist
  • Recreation instructor
  • Wellness coordinator


  • Equipment sales
  • Regional sales to schools, such as uniforms
  • Home equipment

Sports Club
Clubs centered on specific sports, such as:

  • Tennis clubs (Wicker Tree)
  • Golf clubs and country clubs (The Lakes Country Club)
  • Ice skating and hockey facilities (Chiller)
  • Fitness centers (Max Sports)
  • Indoor soccer clubs (The Barn)
  • Baseball facilities (Grand Slam)
Examples of local facilities are in parenthesis.

University Programs

  • Intramural director (OSU offers over 100 activities in their intramural program).
  • At smaller schools, the intramural director position is frequently combined with residence life positions.


Background Check Information

Local agencies which provide FBI/BCI checks:

Outlook Manor at Westerville  ($80.00)
690 Cooper Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Background Check, Inc. (NWC)  ($80.00)

Hondros University
4140 Executive Pkwy.
Westerville, OH 43081
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Course Checklist/Four Year Plan Requirements for Physical Education Majors

/ Department of Health and Sport Sciences

Annette Boose
Rike Center
p/ 614.823.3528
e/ aharting@otterbein.edu

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