Physical Education Teacher Qualifications
The minimum qualification to become a physical education teacher is typically a bachelors degree in health and physical education or a related field. Coursework will generally include classes in exercise physiology, health and wellness, kinesiology, and teaching methods. You will also have activity courses to learn the fundamentals of sports such as basketball, aerobics, tennis, and golf. The degree program will also include a period of supervised student teaching. Many states require that high school teachers are qualified to teach at least two subjects, such as physical education and geography or English. Private schools do not require teacher licensure, but all public schools do. Licensure candidates must pass an exam assessing their knowledge of fundamental teaching skills.
Physical education teachers should be physically fit and set a healthy example for their students. You will need to have solid leadership skills and be able to motivate and inspire your students. Most importantly, you should truly enjoy being around and interacting with young people and children.
Before becoming a physical education teacher, you should have some experience in physical activity instruction and experience working with kids. Coaching a youth sports league or volunteering at a youth camp can be a great way to gain valuable experience in both. Living a healthy and active lifestyle can also help prepare you to instill a love of physical activity in your students.
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