Program Description


“Guiding young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime.”


Physical Education Program Degree Plan


Come Take a Tour – Physical Education Students in Action

In the Department of Kinesiology & Dance is an option in Physical Education Teacher Education; also know as the PEP program. The PEP program has recently undergone great change. Our program comprises 140 semester hours of course and field work which includes all General Education(GE) requirements, subject matter courses, and student teaching hours. Students who complete the Physical Education option graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education – Teaching Physical Education degree. This degree leads to licensure which is necessary for teaching K-12 physical education in New Mexico public schools.


The faculty are committed to helping prospectus teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will allow them to develop and implement quality physical education programs for New Mexico’s youth. Graduates are prepared to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all students, with the ultimate goal of guiding young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. The program is designed to assist prospective teachers in learning how to meet individual student’s needs, encourage and support lifetime participation in a variety of physical activities, and utilize the NM State and National Standards for Physical Education.

With the state and nation’s concern for the health of American’s, New Mexico is currently committed to providing quality physical education for all its students. There is a strong push for all schools to have licensed Physical education teachers. What this means to future graduates is that there are an abundant of physical education teaching positions in the state of New Mexico.



For more information about the PEP program, please contact Dr. Oliver at 575-646-4074 or


Physical Education Teacher Education Program
New Mexico State University
Box 30001, MSC 3M
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-5038

About New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU serves a multi-cultural population of students and community members across the state at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico's 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. Plus, distance education programs give students maximum flexibility.