Physical Education Certificate


Bushnell University’s certificate programs are designed for certified teachers who currently hold their Oregon state teaching license and wish to add a specialized endorsement to their license. This certificate program includes an understanding of movement and incorporates strategies to inspire students to be active, in the general education setting as well as adaptive PE settings.

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Credits 8 | Cost/Credit $755 | Completion 9 Months | Format Hybrid| Starts Every August

Certificate Programs

Carrie Gillies
Admission Counselor


Suzanne Price, M. Ed.
Associate Dean, School of Education


Why Choose Bushnell?

The Physical Education Specialty endorsement program at Bushnell University prepares educators to develop and implement comprehensive physical education programs that promote healthy lifestyles and lifelong physical activity. The program covers topics such as motor development, fitness assessment, sport and exercise psychology, and pedagogical strategies for teaching physical education in diverse settings.

Program Format

The Physical Education certificate program is 8 credits and can be completed in 9 months. Each cohort begins Fall Session 1 (August). Currently, the program is offered in a hybrid model with some courses offered online and others in person.

Candidates can add a Physical Education endorsement within their Bachelor’s or Master’s education program.


For full course descriptions, visit our academic catalog.

  • Introduction to Movement
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • P.E. Methods for All Grades
  • Physical Education Practicum

The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and prepares graduates to incorporate safe and effective practices in physical education in both private and public K-12 schools.

Admissions Requirements

  1. A free application for admission
  2. Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. A statement of purpose 2-3 pages double spaced that clearly indicates career history, professional goals, and professional guiding principles
  4. Current resume
  5. One letter of recommendation that specifically addresses the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant
  6. Two disposition assessments
  7. A personal interview with the admissions committee
  8. Applicants must hold a current teaching license

Cost of Attendance

Per Semester:

Housing & Food: $5,650
Books & Supplies: $55 per credit
Personal: $700
Transportation: $700
Tech Fee: $150


Carrie Gillies
Admission Counselor


Suzanne Price, M. Ed.
Associate Dean, School of Education



  1. How much does the program cost?

Graduate certificates are offered at the same cost per credit as the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Current tuition and fees are listed on our Graduation and Tuition page. Certificates range from 8-18 credits, depending on the chosen endorsement area. When making plans, prospective students should also consider expenses such as textbooks and a parking pass.

  1. How long does it take to complete the program?

Students can complete any of our certificate programs in just under one year.

  1. Can I work while doing this program?

Students who are currently teaching in the same subject as their endorsement program may be able to utilize their teaching position to fulfill their practicum requirements, and it would be feasible to fulfill professional responsibilities while in the program. However, if students are currently teaching a subject that is different than the certificate program, they will need to adjust their work schedule to complete their physical education practicum.

  1. Is Bushnell accredited?

Yes. Our certificate programs are accredited through TSPC (Teacher Standards and Practices Commission).

Have other questions? Contact our admission counselor for education programs at 541-684-7201.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Physical Education Certificate, candidates:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of physical education content, disciplinary concepts, and tools of inquiry related to the development of a physically educated person
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how individuals learn and develop, and can provide
    opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development
  • Demonstrate the ability to use differentiated instruction for diverse learners by demonstrating an understanding of how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and create appropriate instruction opportunities adapted to individual differences
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals
  • Demonstrate the ability to use formal and informal assessment strategies to foster physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of learners in physical activity

Clinical Practices

During school-based clinical practices, the candidate will work closely with a certified teacher, in their area of concentration, and will create a work sample with supervised support. Candidates will use a variety of research-based educational practices that reflect how students learn, are sensitive to individual differences, and address the needs of diverse populations.

Licensure Requirements

Requests to add an endorsement require an application and fee as well as other evidence to process. For more information on specific steps to add endorsements to teaching licenses, visit the TSPC website.


Candidates seeking a specialty endorsement are required to pass a content knowledge test mandated by the state of Oregon for teacher licensure.

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