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The Physical and Health Education concentration in the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Health Education is designed for students interested in teaching Physical Education and Health to young people in grades K-12. Students in this concentration enter the Teacher Education Program and complete program requirements leading to teaching licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
STUDENTS OFTEN ASK
can I do with a degree in Physical and Health Education?
Graduates of this program obtain positions as licensed teachers in public school physical and health education programs. Some students seek positions in private schools or community-based physical activity programs. The teaching license is often supplemented with positions of athletic coaching, driver’s education, or intramural directors.
academic skills and strengths should I possess to be successful in physical and
While not expected to be superior performers in all sports and physical activities, students are expected to develop considerable skills and teaching abilities in several physical activity and health areas. All teachers should enjoy working with children.
are the academic requirements, such as grade point average or minimums to take
minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all college work is required for admission
to the teacher education program. Other
requirements include combined coursework in physical education and health,
departmental screenings and passing scores on the Praxis Teacher Licensure Exams
(Reading, Writing, Math, and Content Area).
What courses may enhance my career opportunities in physical and health education?
The combined curriculum of physical education and health education prepare students well for positions in schools. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete “cognate areas” (6 hours) that strengthen employment potential in public schools such as coaching, driver’s education (endorsement), or technology. Some students might consider a minor in another academic area (e.g. biology, English, math).
Link to Academic Details of Physical Education (Teaching)
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