Do you have a love for sports and all things athletic? Would you love to share that affection with a group of people by teaching in the area of health and physical education? If you said yes to both of these questions then you should definitely consider a career in health and physical education. Of course, before you can begin working in this capacity you will have to obtain your high school diploma. Keep in mind, you will likely be required to submit copies of your high school transcript, along with your ACT scores to the college or university of your choosing. It is important that your transcript shows that you were in academic good standing during your high school course work. Depending upon the college or university that you choose to attend, you may be required to also submit a few letters of recommendation that reflect your character and your academic abilities
As you begin working towards your bachelor's degree in health and physical education, you will most likely be pursuing this degree program through a college or university's education department. The course work that will be required by this degree program is focused on teaching you physical activities that you will be able to conduct with your students. Ensuring that you know how to choose activities that are developmentally appropriate is another major focus of this degree program. Just as with any other bachelor's degree that is focused in education, this degree program will require you to complete a semester of student teaching just prior to graduation. This student teaching semester will allow you the chance to work under the direct supervision of a mentoring teacher or coach to conduct their classes. As you progress through this semester, you will gradually take on more and more of the responsibilities of the classroom.
After completing your general education prerequisites, you will begin taking courses that are designed to teach you about classroom management, the diversity of today's students, instruction and assessment, and student motivation. Common health and physical education courses that you will be required to successfully complete are: anatomy and physiology, exercise psychology, motor skills development, physically adapted activities, kinesiology, nutrition, psychomotor skills, injury prevention and first aid, physical education organization and administration, and physical education teaching methods.
Once you have obtained your bachelor's degree in health and physical education you will need to also obtain your state licensure. While the requirements that are necessary to obtain your license are similar no matter where you live, they do vary a little from one state to another. Therefore, you will want to check into what is required by the state in which you reside. It is important to understand, that in order to obtain your license you will have to earn a passing score on the portions of the Praxis examination that are pertinent to health and physical education. In addition, you will need to complete continuing education hours to maintain your licensure and keep it current.
- Create and design the proper physical activities based on developmental needs.
-Endorse the rules of sports and fair play all while developing a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet.
- Encourage a safe learning environment for youth while developing skills in social interaction.
- Learn how to apply the concepts you used in physical education to an individual or community.
Your degree will focus on the health and physical activity of those that you teach. You’ll study health and physical activities as well as teaching methods including:
- Classroom Technology
- I ntroduction to K-12 PE
- First Aid and CPR in Team Sports
- Motivation in Adolescence
- Phycology in Exercise
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fine Motor Skills
- Biomechanics and Kinesiology
- Injuries and Wellness
K-12 PE Instructors – As you might expect the top career and the reason why so many people take this degree is to one day become a PE teacher at a school. Most PE teachers take are of several if not all classes either in Middle or High School. Often they also take on a teaching role as well for a particular subject and some even serve as assistant coaches.
Fitness or Personal Training Instructors – The skills you’ll learn during your Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Health will allow you to apply for positions as a personal trainer. Being able to guide someone to reach their goals is why trainers are in such big demand. Often fitness instructor’s work with large groups in a classroom setting but personal training is typically one-on-one. Certain certifications outside of a teacher’s license are recommended however if you choose to become a personal trainer.
Coaches (Middle or High School) – Becoming a coach of a team is also one of the top reasons why so many choose this degree. Becoming a basketball, football or track coach of a K-12 grade level is the first stop for many who wish to make coaching their full-time career. Many have played sports in high school and even college.
Wellness Instructor – A personal wellness instructor will help guild an individual to reaching their goal of leading a healthy lifestyle. Often this centers on their diet as well as exercise. You’ll design a specific regiment for your client and work with them directly either at their home or a wellness facility.
Nutrition Instructor – Often gyms and even hospitals hire nutrition instructors to help with their clients. As a nutrition instructor you’ll work directly with the client on a specific goal that was prescribed by a doctor. It could be someone like lowering their cholesterol level using a proper diet or losing weight perhaps before a surgery.
Sports Camp Instructor – A growing are in physical education is specific sports camps for kids who wish to excel in a particular sport. These programs are designed to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the player. As an instructor you’ll use the knowledge you obtained during your degree to help the clients improve upon these strengths to help take them to the next level.