Physical Education Certificate

With U.S. obesity rates steadily rising—especially in children—physical education is needed now more than ever. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that nearly 1 in 5 school age children in the United States are obese. Pursue your passion for teaching physical education in a K-12 school setting with NCU’s Physical Education certificate.

NCU’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 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.

The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).


Program Format

The Physical Education certificate program is 8 credits and can be completed in 9 months. Each cohort begins Fall Session 1. Coursework is completed on campus during the evening hours.

Students can also add a Physical Education endorsement within their Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education program.


  • 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect and evaluate the effects of her or his actions on others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster relationships with colleagues, parents and guardians and community agencies to support learner’s growth and well-being



  • A free application for admission.
  • 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.
  • Two Disposition Assessments.
  • Personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants must hold a current teaching license.

Applications may be accepted until August 1 but are admitted on a space-available basis only.



Tuition: $675/credit

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Courses in the Program

Program Director: Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.

M.S., Western Oregon University

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs

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