Physical Education (P-12)

Physical Education (P-12)

Program Description

Physical Education Plan of Study

Physical Education Course Sequence

Good health starts early, and if you want to teach young people the value of strength and wellness, a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education may be right for you. Physical education or “gym class” is often viewed as the fun part of school for students, so PE teachers often enjoy their enthusiasm. For people who like to be active, be outside and dress comfortably every day, being a physical education teacher checks a number of boxes. As a teacher in the physical education department, you’ll love how your students develop lifelong athletic skills in a wide range of activities, such as soccer, basketball, or swimming.

The undergraduate Physical Education teacher certification program will prepare you to teach physical education in a P-12 setting. Candidates must meet AUM and Alabama Department of Education teacher certification requirements. An internship is required. For Points of Pride and Soaring Warhawks, see the Kinesiology page.


College of Education Physical Education class

Program Overview & Plan of Study

The undergraduate Physical Education Teacher certification program prepares candidates to teach physical education in a P-12 setting. Candidates must meet AUM and Alabama Department of Education teacher certification requirements. An internship is required.

For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.


The first transition point in the teacher education program is admission to Professional Education. Each undergraduate candidate preparing to teach and pursuing initial teacher certification must be admitted to Professional Education.


The second transition point in the teacher education program is approval to intern. This practical, pre-service teacher education is vital to the development of the AUM teacher candidate. Internships are an excellent way for students to hone their skills and talents.


The Praxis Series® tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. Ask us about AUM’s PRAXIS results!

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Even though employment of teachers is affected by state and local budgets and budgetary restrictions, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of education, training, and library occupations will grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, with about 512,900 new jobs added during that time period. Nationally, the median annual wage for middle school teachers was $58,600 in May 2018. For high school teachers, it was $60,320. In Alabama, the annual mean wage of all secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education, was $51,180.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample
JobsMedian PayJob Growth through 2024
Physical Therapists$82,390 per year34% (71,800 more jobs)
Exercise Physiologists$46,270 per year11% (1,500 more jobs)
Athletic Trainers$43,370 per year21% (5,400 more jobs)

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