Do you thrive in a sports related environment? Are you competitive and have a talent for getting individuals on your team to adequately apply their skills? If you have an athletic ability and you would like to put it to good use, then perhaps you should consider a career as a physical education teacher. By obtaining your bachelor's degree in physical education teaching you will be capable of seeking employment as a fitness instructor, an athletic director, an elementary physical education coach, a secondary physical education coach, or an athletic coach. Of course, prior to entering a bachelor's degree program you will first need to complete your high school course requirements and obtain your diploma
Additionally, most colleges and universities will request that you submit a copy of your ACT scores prior to being admitted into their educational degree program. After you have been admitted to a college's educational degree program, you will be learning physical activities that are designed to improve the health and quality of life for a varied age of students. Individuals who are interested in becoming a physical education teacher will also be required to complete a semester of student teaching. This gives students the chance to practice the skills and classroom techniques that they have learned in a real world educational setting. Keep in mind, during this semester you will work alongside a mentoring teacher on some days, while on other days you will be responsible for conducting the physical education classes on your own. Ideally, your mentoring teacher will watch how you conduct yourself in the classroom and provide you feedback and constructive criticism based on your teaching methods.
Regardless of the post-secondary school you decide to attend, you will be completing physical education focused course work that is designed to teach you about student motivation, student instruction, student assessment, student diversity and growth, and classroom management. Of course, you will also be required to complete general education courses that will contribute to the hourly requirements of your degree. Some of the physical education courses that you will be required to successfully complete is: nutrition, exercise psychology, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, motor skills development, physically adapted activities, first aid and injury prevention, physical education administration and organization, psychomotor skills, and physical education teaching methods.
The career world of physical education teaching is expected to grow, with many positions readily coming available. This is true no matter which capacity of employment you plan to seek after obtaining your degree. However, it is important to note that after completing your degree program you must still complete some requirements to gain your licensure. Although specific licensing requirements vary depending upon which state you live in, there are a few basics that you can expect to be required. For instance, you will first need to demonstrate that you have completed your student teaching semester and your bachelor's degree. You should also expect to need a passing score on an educational competency examination and the portions of the Praxis test that pertain to physical education.