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Physical Education (P-12)

Physical Education (P-12)

Program Description

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.

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)

For More Information

Department of Kinesiology

Auburn University at Montgomery

Wellness Center 208

334-244-3547

ewoodham@aum.edu

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Physical Education concentration includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
PHED 2010Foundations of Health & PEProvides an overview of health and physical education. The history, philosophies, and principles of the profession are emphasized and specialties, including health, physical education, and exercise science are surveyed.
PHED 3043Theory and Technique of Teaching Baseball, Badminton, Volleyball, TennisDevelops professional expertise in the organization and teaching of basketball, badminton, volleyball and tennis. Emphasis is on theory, methods and effective techniques of teaching and evaluating knowledge and performance of these sports. Prerequisite PHED 2003.
PHED 3053Theory and Technique of Teaching Gymnastics, Dance, Aerobics, Weight TrainingDevelops professional expertise in the organization and teaching of gymnastics, dance, aerobics and weight training. Emphasis on evaluating dance routines and gymnastics skills and prescribing of fitness programs that improve body composition levels. Prerequisite PHED 2003.
PHED 4003Physiology of ExerciseDesigned to study the physiological basis of physical activity. Prerequisite BIOL 2093.
PHED 4043KinesiologyDesigned to focus on the science of human movement. Specifically, applied anatomy and mechanical principles of human movement are related to skillful motor performance. Prerequisite BIOL 2093.
PHED 4050Motor DevelopmentAcquaints the student with perceptual-motor functioning. Includes measurement and evaluation of perceptual motor efficiency and the neurological structure of the human organism as it relates to learning.
PHED 4250Nutrition for the Physically ActiveProvides nutritional information for those engaged in athletics. It will also assist others who are physically active or desire to initiate a personalized exercise program.
PHED 4383Fundamentals of Athletic TrainingExposes students to current practices in sports medicine, with special emphasis on training, treatment and injury prevention. Professional preparation in rehabilitation careers is also emphasized. Prerequisite BIOL 2093, PHED 4043, PHED 4363.
PHED 4800Psychology of CoachingIntroduces the professional student to the psychological aspects of teaching and coaching. Attention given to the effect of sports on society, crowd control and the individual athlete. Current issues of physical education and athletics will be included.
PHED 2063Theory and Technique of Coaching FootballDevelops professional expertise in the theory and techniques of coaching football. Emphasis on practical application of organizing and administering coaching responsibilities. Knowledge and practical application of officiating football included.
PHED 2073Theory and Technique of Coaching BasketballDevelops professional expertise in the theory and techniques of coaching basketball. Emphasis on practical application of organizing and administering coaching responsibilities. Knowledge and practical application of officiating basketball included.
PHED 2083Theory and Technique of Coaching SoccerDevelops professional expertise in the theory and techniques of coaching soccer. Emphasis on practical application of organizing and administering coaching responsibilities. Knowledge and practical application of officiating soccer included.
PHED 2093Theory and Technique of Coaching BaseballDevelops professional expertise in the theory and techniques of baseball. Emphasis on practical application of organizing and administering coaching responsibilities. Knowledge and practical application of officiating baseball included.
PHED 2130Health Education and PE in Elementary SchoolsDevelops expertise in methods of teaching health education and physical education in elementary schools. Content appropriate for each developmental level is emphasized. Methods of evaluating students are also included. Field experience required.
BIOL 2100Human Anatomy and PhysiologyA study of the structure and function of the tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems.
PHED 4363Emergency Medical CareProvides professional first-responder skills (CPR, first aid). Injury and disease prevention will also be emphasized.

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