Physical Education

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Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Physical Education 

Physical education teachers at any grade level know the importance of the mind-body connection. By keeping students moving, they can:

  • Help them improve their academic results
  • Instill better eating habits
  • Reduce their stress and anxiety
  • Build confidence
  • Encourage a wellness lifestyle

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. 

The College of Education’s Kinesiology department houses the Physical Education program, as well as the Exercise Science program and the Sport Management/Leadership program. The highly qualified Kinesiology faculty is well-known for their work on cutting-edge research and grants, being American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) fellows, and holding ACSM and NSCA-CSCS certifications. Coursework is designed to meet the needs of students and prepare them to work in both school and non-school settings.

Learn more about professional education requirements, teacher certification and other program information. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with a College of Education academic advisor.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Physical Education degree from AUM


The best teachers are curious and develop a love of learning. Throughout your career, you’ll stay current with subject knowledge and changes in education—both informally and through professional development classes and conferences.


When you are a teacher, you contribute to your community in a meaningful way. If you are driven by the desire to help those around you, being a teacher is an invaluable contribution.


You’ll get practical, hands-on experience through an internship under a local expert teacher, and via field experiences in local schools.


A teacher should not be a “glass half empty” type of person. Teachers have to be resilient and diligent, and the reason is because the students’ futures depend on it. Optimism is a key element to becoming a successful teacher.


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Why AUM for Physical Education?

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Why should I become a physical education teacher?

Being a PE teacher can be a lot of fun! You will have the flexibility to hold classes inside or outdoors. Since you work directly with your students, you can connect with them in a meaningful way. Plus, you can promote inclusiveness, responsibility, cooperation and diversity.

What are some of the advantages of being a PE teacher?

Many PE teachers do double duty as coaches, which, for former athletes and sports fans, can be a great perk of the job. Some PE teachers can use their experience in the summer as coaches, athletic camp directors and recreation league referees.

What skills or qualities do PE teachers need?

Key skills and traits: Good athletic ability and knowledge of the human body. Good leadership and communication skills. Strong ability to motivate and inspire. Ability to remain calm, show empathy, think on your feet, and adapt to changing situations.


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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
High School TeacherBachelor’s degree8% (As fast as average)$62,870
Middle School TeacherBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$60,810
Kindergarten and Elementary School TeacherBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$60,660
Physical TherapistDoctor of Physical Therapy degree21% (Much faster than average) $91,010
Exercise PhysiologistBachelor’s degree13% (As fast as average)$50,280
Athletic TrainerBachelor’s degree23% (As fast as average)$49,860

Quick Facts

At the AUM College of Education, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include  the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education.

To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Physical Education


Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, education, and electives. Contact the College of Education for a current listing of courses required to complete this program. 

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this track requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
PHED 1003Introduction to Martial ArtsLearn the basic skills of Tae Kwon Do, Hap Kido, and Judo.
PHED 1305Introduction to Disc SportsYou’ll help a new generation of athletes by knowing the basics of ultimate frisbee and disc golf.
PHED 1823Exercise and Weight ControlLearn about physical activity as it relates to nutrition, health and changes in body composition.

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