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Physical Education Teacher Education (B.S.)

Help youths become active, fit, and healthy.

A child’s health sets a course for their entire life. The prevalence of childhood obesity is currently predicted to double by 2030 and schools are in desperate need of physical education specialists who can engage children and adolescents in healthy patterns. This program prepares you to become a certified PK-12 physical education teacher. You will learn to improve the fitness and health of students, as well as faculty and staff, through games, sports and other physical activities. Courses explore the teaching and evaluation of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy physical activity and sports
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Work well with children of all ages
  • Are patient and creative
  • Have strong leadership skills

Career Opportunities

  • Physical education teacher
  • Park and recreation coordinator
  • Coach
  • Substitute teacher

Recent Employers

  • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Colorado School Districts
  • Chicago School District

Internship Opportunities

  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • School Recess/Lunch Supervisor
  • Substitute Teaching

Suggested Minors

  • Recreation Administration
  • Health Science
  • Health Education
  • Nutrition

Clubs and Organizations

  • SHAPE SD
  • SHAPE America
  • SDHSAA or other state coaching associations

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.