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A future in Physical Education
By Jennifer Bailey
A degree in physical education prepares you for a career in teaching and coaching classes related to: general exercise, recreation, games, sports, fitness, nutrition and hygiene.
Undergraduate degrees prepare teachers and coaches for grades K-12. If obtaining your masters is your goal, then it would open up teaching on a college level. Though it may seem like just fun and games- pun intended- students desiring to graduate with this degree, also take serious academic courses on subjects such as kinesiology, morphology and physiology which is the study of motion, body structure and function. The science and art of teaching also play an important role in the curriculum for a physical education degree as ultimately you would become a teacher that needs to work well in both the science and art realms.
Given the current health trends in our country, a physical education degree provides you with the opportunity to help our increasingly sedentary population which is also affected with a high population of people who are obese. Once upon a time, this field was devalued; however, statistics are inciting parents and teachers of the current generation of kids to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. As a result, a physical education degree should grow in importance and popularity.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
Educators place an increasing emphasis on integrating these disciplines more directly into their curriculum. In addition, leisure time for early retirees and senior citizens - a growing segment of the population - increases demand for graduates with career training in fitness, exercise and health.
Before beginning this degree program, you should consider as many aspects of this career as possible. For instance, you might ask coaches and teachers about the challenges and rewards of the job. Coaches do get to spend all their time on their favorite sport, but also work very long hours, both during the competitive season and the off-season.
The curriculum may surprise you, as well. In addition to the expected course subjects, most programs include classes on the science of motion, function and body structure. The details of fitness, nutrition, and hygiene for health classes receive critical context through more complex courses in various sciences.
Are you naturally a "people person"? You will need to be in this career, as instructing pupils in gym classes or on a field, requires interpersonal skills including good communication, leadership and discipline. While teachers in other subject areas may focus on a text or an abstract idea, instructors in physical education engage with their students in an intense, dynamic way that cannot really be scripted very well. It happens naturally and in the moment.