Encouraging a fit and active community is vital. With a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) concentration, you will be prepared to teach K-12 students. Our program emphasizes engagement and hands-on experience in the field. Learn from award-winning faculty and instructors as you grow your passion for physical education. Completing the program and becoming a certified teacher opens career pathways in education. Take a step toward your future and apply today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 4 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
Kinesiology students working with trainers.

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Kinesiology and Sports Studies

Health Human Performance major smiling at the camera.

What You Will Learn

A bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies (PETE concentration) will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn basic and relevant human body function and movement
  • Engage in program planning, teaching methods and evaluation
  • Master concepts of fitness
  • Acquire skills in a variety of physical activities
  • Achieve an acceptable level of physical fitness
  • Teach a wide variety of skills and concepts to children and adolescents

TExES Educator Certification Examination

As a student in the BS Kinesiology & Sports Studies Teaching Emphasis program, you will be required to take the TExES educator certification examination.

The purpose of the examination is to ensure educators have the necessary content and professional knowledge to perform satisfactorily in Texas public schools. The tests are criterion-referenced multiple-choice examinations designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge in relation to an established standard of competence rather than to the performance of other candidates.

Registration will not be allowed without academic department approval. Examinees who are completing requirements for certification through an educator preparation program will be required by their program to complete additional requirements established by the program before authorization to retest is granted. You may not register to take the same test more than once on the same day.

Visit the Office of Educator Certification and Academic Services online to register for your exam.

Internship opportunities

Internship provides the foundation you need for successful employment. For the PETE concentration, students take pre-internship classes followed by an internship semester which includes a practicum and residency in teaching. This emphasis will also prepare you for the TExES certification exam.


Gain the skills you need by earning your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies (PETE concentration). Our program opens many opportunities within the community.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teachers
Middle school teacher
Kindergarten and elementary school teacher

Data from the US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Featured Courses

Student learning volleyball inside the Gym in the Commerce campus.

Course Delivery

Designed for full-time students and working professionals, some classes are offered online, while more practice-based classes are face-to-face or hybrid.

Student Organizations

Phi Pi Delta, the organization for Health and Human Performance majors, provides many benefits to its members:

  • Meet new people that share common interests
  • Network with key professionals in your field of study
  • Receive financial assistance for attending professional conventions
  • Engage in social activities with faculty and other students (ex. school activities, homecoming, Texas Rangers games and much more)
  • Gain valuable experience that will help your professional career

Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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