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LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jul 22, 2024  
LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science - Physical Education Teacher Education, AS

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The Exercise Science program focuses on the many aspects of human movement, its application to physical activity, and the quality of one’s life. The Physical Education Teacher Education program is intended for those students who are interested in a career in teaching physical education at the K- 12 level or higher.

Students complete coursework that provides a solid knowledge base of human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and health. All students must complete the general education core and the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) courses. Students should carefully study the specific requirements of the institutions to which they plan to transfer. Based on student transfer needs, course substitutions are possible; however, the degree requirements must be met. Please speak with an Exercise Science advisor or PETE faculty member to finalize your program of study.

Upon completion of all coursework, the student would have an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science: Physical Education Teacher Education and it is intended for transfer. The program offers a sound research based foundation and practical applications. While students must earn a Bachelor’s degree and complete their teacher certification in order to teach at the collegiate level, students should plan on completing a Master’s degree or higher.

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Exercise Science program website.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.

If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of Physical Education as an academic discipline.
  2. Demonstrate the competent performance of motor skills in a variety of physical activities across the lifespan.
  3. Apply bioscience (anatomical, physiological) concepts to skilled movement and fitness.
  4. Describe behavior modification methods that enhance health.
  5. Design appropriate physical education learning activities based on the students, the learning environment, and the lesson objectives.

First Semester

Choice Points

  • KIN 1100  provides overview of various careers in the field of Exercise Science.


  • Completion of ENGL 1010  and MATH 1400  as prerequisites for other courses.
  • Students begin development of their professional portfolio during this semester and continue throughout the program.

Semester Total: 16 Credits

Second Semester


  • PETE students begin working with Home School PE students in a PE setting

Semester Total: 16 Credits

Third Semester

Choice Points

  • Begin working with the four-year university regarding transfer upon degree completion.


  • PETE students design and teach PE lessons to Home School students.
  • PETE students observe PETE professionals in the field.

Semester Total: 15 Credits

Fourth Semester


  • PETE students teach PE units to Home School students.
  • Completion of Drugs & Behavior is required for Health Certification.
  • Completion of the LCCC general education core and eligible for the Interstate Passport.
  • Completion of Exercise Science - Physical Education Teacher Education, AS.

Semester Total: 15 Credits

Program Credit Hour Total: 62 Credits

Program Comments

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program.

The AS in Exercise Science - Physical Education Teacher Education is intended for students who are wishing to transfer to a university and obtain a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Most of the potential careers listed below require a student to transfer and continue their education at the next level. Potential careers include athletic training, physical education teacher education (PETE), coach, or recreation manager.

Additional information on careers in Exercise Science - Physical Education Teacher Education is available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

The AS Exercise Science - Physical Education Teacher Education degree is well suited for transfer to a Bachelor degree program. LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.

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