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Physical Education Teacher Education


  • Diane Coleman
  • Dr. Carol Irwin
  • Dr. Todd Layne
  • Larry Liles
  • Debra Wyatt
  • Dr. Sami Yli-Piipari
BSEd Degree

Physical Education Teacher Education Licensure

The teaching profession, with its concern for the education of children and youth, is one of the most important professions society has to offer. A primary goal of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences is to prepare students to teach physical education and health, K-12. Students complete courses in general education, professional education, and physical education. Physical education courses encompass specialized courses in the foundations of physical education, skill development, and methods of teaching. Throughout the undergraduate years, students engage in clinical experiences, culminating with a full-year Residency student teaching experience during their senior year. Fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), graduates are licensed to teach Physical Education and Health, K-12, in the State of Tennessee.

Physical Education Teacher Education Non-Licensure

The Community Physical Education option is an alternative designed for students who wish to teach and work in community-based youth serving agencies. The majority of pedagogy and general education courses required in this option are the same as those required in the K-12 Physical Education. However, specific course substitutions allow students to specialize in community settings, and gain more knowledge and skill related to the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based programs, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities encountered in urban communities.

Career Opportunities

The student who successfully completes the concentration in Physical Education acquires the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching and coaching in traditional schools as well as community settings. Graduates elect to teach at elementary, middle school, junior high, or high school levels or seek employment with community agencies such as YMCAs, fitness centers, camps and other sport related businesses.

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Last Updated: 4/3/14