Health & Human Performance Program

Physical Education Teacher

Requirements:

  • Completion of a 4-year degree
  • Completion of an approved teacher training program
  • Completion of Supervised Practice teaching
  • Some states require a Masters degree to be obtained within a specific time period after they begin teaching
  • It is possible to graduate from Berea College with certification as a physical education teacher.

Earnings:
Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $41,400 to $45,920 in May 2004; the lowest 10 percent earned $26,730 to $31,180; the top 10 percent earned $66,240 to $71,370.

Description:
Teachers act as facilitators or coaches, using interactive discussions and “hands-on” approaches to help students learn and apply concepts. Most of the time you will be in charge of teaching health and/or PE classes during the day. If you are at a secondary school (grades 6-12) you will probably teach 5-6 classes and they would meet for an hour to an hour and a half. If you are at an elementary school (grades K-5) you will probably have 8-10 half hour classes with very few breaks (e.g., planning periods). Many teachers have to teach at more than one school. At the secondary school you may have to teach a Health class or two.  Coaching is another duty you may choose to do especially early on in a career. In fact, you may choose to coach several sports. Other duties may include after school monitoring of students, lunch, hall, and bus duties, attending faculty and parent-teacher conference meetings, and organizing a year end Field Day or a physical education show of some kind.

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Info obtained from: U.S. Department of Labor

Acknowledgement
This information was collected by Iris Bahr-Winslow, Jennifer Breneman, Allen Brooks, Emily Schneider, Candy Walls, and Ebony Williams.

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