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If you are interested in teaching others how to improve and maintain their health and fitness, a major in physical education will prepare you for your chosen career or for graduate studies. As you earn your Bachelor of Science degree, you can also earn certification to teach physical education in a secondary school environment. A minor in physical education is not available.

As a physical education student at Cumberlands, you will study with caring; experienced faculty members who can help you tailor a program of study unique to your interests. Diverse course offerings (including education courses for the teaching track), field trips and guest speakers, expose students to the opportunities available in the field of physical education.

As you build a strong academic foundation, you will learn a variety of skills necessary for you to help individuals live healthier lives, including the use of technology and communication skills.

In addition to your classroom studies, you’ll spend 12 weeks on-site in a local school system, under the guidance of a working professional. Faculty members from the department will help you plan your teaching experience and will coordinate the supervision of your work.

After you graduate, you will be prepared to continue your studies in graduate school or to begin your teaching career, working to improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting health and fitness.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

  • Physical Education Teacher for Grades P-12
  • Coach for Local School Systems
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Wellness Program Director
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Worksite Health Promotion Manager
  • Recreational Director at YMCA/YWCA
  • Parks and Recreation Activity Director

*** Certification or additional training may be necessary for some positions


Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one Opportunities to gain valuable experience prior to student teaching
two Professors who model “best practices” in teaching
three Instruction and methods for teaching students with special needs
four Develop teaching materials/resource units to use after graduation
five Caring Faculty who take a special interest in their students
six Qualified and experienced faculty
seven Small classes which allows faculty to provide individual attention
eight Student’s individuality and creativity is encouraged
nine Opportunities for hands on teaching/clinical experiences
ten Excellent Preparation for graduate school or continuing education