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Physical Education and Coaching

Please note: The Physical Education and Coaching degree program will be transitioned to a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (SESA) beginning fall 2014.

If you are looking for a career that impact the lives of children, teenagers and adults by educating them about active and healthy life style and/or improving their fitness and skill levels in sports, then Physical Education and Coaching (PEC) degree is for you. Did you know:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an expected teaching employment growth of 13% in elementary, middle and high schools, including PE teachers, by 2018. The median salary for a middle school teacher in 2010 was $51,960
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an expected coaching employment growth of 25% by 2018. In 2010 Coach's median salary was $28,340,
  • Physical Education program has a 90% placement rate for students wanting to teach in Florida.
  • Physical Education is one of the best stepping stones towards a career in coaching or in athletic administration at all levels.
  • Alumni of the physical education and coaching program hold positions as physical education teachers, coaches in high schools, assistant principals, gymnastic instructors, strength training and conditioning coaches, graduate degrees in exercise science, sport management, Organizational Learning and Leadership, nutrition and more.
  • Physical education teachers have great benefits including summer's off!

Career Options

This program will prepare you to be a physical activity specialist, which opens a wide variety of work opportunities such as, physical education teacher, coach, personal trainer, fitness instructor, wellness coach and many more.

The Program

The Physical Education & Coaching major requires a total of 121 credit-hours with 46 credit-hours of major coursework, 34 hours of which are specific to the Physical Education Program. The minimum grade of C is required in all major, SES core, education, and co-requisite courses. Additional fingerprinting and background checks are required of all students as mandated by The Florida Department of Education to work with kids.

Florida Teacher & Athletic Coaching Certifications

A major in Physical Education & Coaching will prepare you to obtain the Florida Temporary Teacher Certification. To gain Florida Professional Certificate, you will need to gain one year of teaching experience in the one of the district schools and attempt The Florida Teacher Examinations. The major will also prepare you to obtain the Athletic Coaching Certification and work as a coach in Florida schools.

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