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Academic Information: -  top

What is Physical Education?   top

Physical education helps students develop physical skills and confidence. For example, elementary and middle school curriculum includes activities that help kids obtain and improve skills, such as running, catching, throwing, and striking, applicable to sports such as baseball, volleyball, or karate. Balancing skills could be applied to dance or gymnastics.

High school curriculum should focus on lifetime sports skills like tennis or aerobic dance, with a secondary emphasis on team sports.

Physical education develops fitness and fosters the desire for lifelong participation in physical activity. high school curriculum prepares students to become highly proficient in one or more sport and/or fitness activity of their choice.

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Industry (private, public companies)
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary
  • Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Centers and
  • Public Gyms
  • Health Spas and Resorts
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Retirement Communities
  • Exercise Science Labs
  • College/University Instructor
  • Community Organizations
  • Commerce & Industry
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Competitive Sports programs
  • Camps
  • Resorts
  • YMCA's
  • Gyms
  • Fitness Centers

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Assess physical education needs and place in classes in accordance with their health status and ability.
  • Direct and guide students in a broad range of activities to help them develop skills such as accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, power, rhythm, strength, timing, and other attributes needed in physical activities.
  • Lead groups of students in classes in games, dance, gymnastics, and fitness activities.
  • Teach a sports skills.
  • Instruct students in the use of equipment.
  • Prepare a budget for materials and equipment.
  • Meet with parents, school counselors, and school staff, to keep the community informed about the physical education and sports programs.
  • Teach other subjects in the classroom.
  • Coach a sport
  • Interest & Knowledge in the mechanics and general health of human body
  • Interest in Health Issues   
  • Interest in Coaching  
  • Interest in Teaching
  • Motor Skills    
  • Knowledge of Proper Nutrition
  • Motivational Skills    
  • Planning Skills
  • Discussion Skills (ie, human sexuality)    
  • Patience
  • Oral & Visual Communication Skills    
  • Athletically inclined
  • Demonstration Skills (physical activities)    
  • Interest in Physical Activities

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Kevin Dart 1995 Executive Director, Ticket Sales NY Yankees Baseball Club
Jeff LeFavre 2000 Regional Business Director Bausch & Lomb
Kareem Otey 2005 Public Schools Teacher Dorchester County
Scott Stansbury 2003 Athletic Trainer University of Notre Dame

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