Physical Education and Health Teaching
Become a Physical Education/Health teacher and make a difference against one of our nation’s most pressing health problems-childhood obesity. As a physical/health education teacher, you play a consistent and vital role in the lifetime health of your students. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it is more important than ever for young people to understand the how and why of physical activity and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and discover activities they actually enjoy. Many of our physical education and health teachers are involved in coaching as well.
Purdue University’s physical/health education program is administered through the Department of Health and Kinesiology and is a nationally recognized program.
Program of Study
All kinesiology course work will be taught by nationally recognized professors in Health and Kinesiology, but you will also take education course work offered by faculty in Health and Kinesiology and the College of Education.
The program includes extensive work in schools at all grade levels, alongside your coursework, as well as an extensive student teaching experience in both an elementary and high school. You will learn to implement the newest of technologies and physical activities into your lessons, create interactive health lessons for health fairs and family fitness events as well as how to run a comprehensive school physical activity program. We can also help you navigate the licensing process and as well as assist you with career opportunities and placement in the schools. Purdue Physical/Health Education job placements rates are very good.
The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching placement at both the elementary and the secondary school settings. You will implement your skills and knowledge with students in the schools and refine your strategies for instruction, evaluation and assessment based on your experiences. The College of Education and the Department of Health and Kinesiology will assist with your placement and help you meet your student teaching requirements.
When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for an Indiana All School Settings license that enables you to teach physical education and health at any grade level. Learn more about applying for your initial license at Purdue University Office of Professional Preparation: www.teach.purdue.edu.
Degree Requirements and Plan of Study
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K-12 or College Teaching
Administrator, Athletic Director
Physical Activity Director
Boys and Girls Club Director, Sports Management
Public Health Educator
Personal Trainer/Fitness Director
Parks and Recreation Director
Links of Interest
- Purdue Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure (OPPL)
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- National Association for Sport & Physical Education
- Praxis I Sample Questions
- Praxis II Sample Questions
- Educational Testing Service (Praxis I & Praxis II Registration)