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Physical Education / Early and Middle Childhood

This certificate is appropriate for teachers of students ages 3-12 who teach physical education programs.

Important Note: 
A new edition of the Physical Education Standards (2nd edition) has been published. If you are a first-time candidate beginning the certification process in 2014-15, please use these revised standards linked below.  
Candidates who applied in 2013-14 and earlier should continue to use the previous version of the standards.

Assessment at a Glance

Review the EMC / Physical Education Assessment at a Glance to learn more about the following:

  • Choosing the right certificate
  • Reviewing the Standards
  • Portfolio entry descriptions
  • Assessment center exercise descriptions
  • Retired prompts
  • Understanding the National Board scoring process
  • Certification planning timeline


Read the EMC / Physical Education Standards (revised) that represent a professional consensus on the aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers.

Portfolio Instructions

Read the EMC / Physical Education Portfolio Instructions as well as the General Portfolio Instructions to learn how to prepare, develop and submit your portfolio.

Scoring Guide

Understand how your entries are scored.