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Physical Education, B.S.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is offered by the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences at MTSU. The major in Physical Education offers preparation for teaching positions in public and private elementary and secondary schools in Tennessee. Students must complete a Secondary Education minor that includes student teaching.
The Physical Education Teaching concentration is unique, placing students as future teachers in several field-based experiences in schools, thus allowing them to begin educating young learners while supervised by a university professor and a public school teacher. No other program in Tennessee and few programs in the country allow the number and quality of supervised field experiences in the schools that MTSU does. If you want a career in which you can enjoy sports and physical activity, and give back to children or youth through teaching or coaching while fulfilling a critical role in helping people achieve a quality level of health, fitness, and skill, MTSU's Physical Education program is right for you. This program has two concentrations: Physical Education Teaching and Sports Pedagogy.

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Totally different from ‘regular' classroom

MTSU senior P.E. major Sarah Jane Barnes says MTSU's Physical Education program has her on the road to reaching her goal of becoming a teacher. "I have thoroughly enjoyed all my classes and classmates and teachers as well," Barnes says. "I chose Physical Education as my major because I love sports and leading an active lifestyle and also so that I could become a basketball coach. I have had a lot of fun being around my peers and have learned and grown very much." Barnes says the environment is totally different from that of a ‘regular' classroom setting.

Best P.E. program around

Shelby Moore heads to graduation with confidence. A senior majoring in Physical Education, she says, "We are taught how to be the best P.E. teachers we can possibly be. I decided on this major when I realized that I really wanted to be a coach, but this program has taught me that being a teacher first is a lot more important. If you are a good teacher, then you will be a good coach! I am super excited about graduating from this program; not only have I grown to truly love teaching students physical education, but I know for a fact that this is the best P.E. program around."

News Briefs

Totally different from ‘regular' classroom

MTSU senior P.E. major Sarah Jane Barnes says MTSU's Physical Education program has her on the road to reaching her goal of becoming a teacher. "I have thoroughly enjoyed all my classes and classmates and teachers as well," Barnes says. "I chose Physical Education as my major because I love sports and leading an active lifestyle and also so that I could become a basketball coach. I have had a lot of fun being around my peers and have learned and grown very much." Barnes says the environment is totally different from that of a ‘regular' classroom setting.

Best P.E. program around

Shelby Moore heads to graduation with confidence. A senior majoring in Physical Education, she says, "We are taught how to be the best P.E. teachers we can possibly be. I decided on this major when I realized that I really wanted to be a coach, but this program has taught me that being a teacher first is a lot more important. If you are a good teacher, then you will be a good coach! I am super excited about graduating from this program; not only have I grown to truly love teaching students physical education, but I know for a fact that this is the best P.E. program around."

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CAREERS

Physical Education graduates put their skills and knowledge to use in a variety of professions ranging from teaching in various settings to working as therapists to managing others in the field. A variety of examples follow:

Individuals who enter the teaching field are usually offered the option to coach in most schools or districts.

  • Elementary physical education teacher
  • Middle school physical education teacher
  • High school physical education teacher

Physical Education graduates have been hired by school districts all across Tennessee and in surrounding states.

Physical Education graduates have opportunities in various other fields.

Fitness/Health Centers

  • Aerobics instructor
  • Athletic clubs/center director
  • Corporate fitness center manager
  • Fitness trainer
  • Health or fitness club manager
  • Personal fitness trainer
  • Somatics instructor
  • Strength trainer
  • Stress management consultant
  • Weight management consultant

Recreation Careers

  • Activities instructor
  • Aquatics specialist
  • Camp instructor/park ranger
  • Commercial recreation instructor
  • Correctional facilities recreation director
  • Dance studio director/instructor
  • Facility manager
  • Intramural/recreational sports director
  • Private clubs' fitness instructor
  • Resort activities instructor
  • Sports club instructor
  • Sports tour operator
  • Veterans' hospital recreation director
  • Wilderness therapy program director
  • YMCA/YWCA activities instructor

Therapy-Related Careers

  • Dance therapist
  • Movement therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Recreational therapist

Coaching/Officiating

  • Youth sports
  • Interscholastic school sports
  • Collegiate sports
  • Adult recreation

Other Related Careers

  • Emergency services personnel instructor
  • Military physical education specialist
  • Professional dancer
  • Protective services personnel instructor

Professional Associations/Organizations

  • Administrative assistant
  • Assistant director of administration
  • Associate executive director
  • Director of communications
  • Executive director
  • Meeting and event coordinator
  • Membership coordinator

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Undergraduate

After completing the program requirements in Physical Education Teacher Education, students will obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and K-12 teaching license. Sport Pedagogy graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Both concentrations consists of 120 credits, which includes 41 hours of General Studies.

Physical Education Teacher Education Program
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education is offered for students seeking a Tennessee K-12 Physical Education Teaching License. The major prepares teacher candidates in the areas of physical education content knowledge, instructional assessment, curriculum planning, and effective pedagogical skills. The program includes courses in the major disciplinary areas of physical education as well as courses that include significant clinical and practical experiences. Students majoring in this concentration are required to pursue a minor in Secondary Education. For more information, contact Dr. Don Belcher ([email protected].)

Sports Pedagogy Concentration
Physical Education is a comprehensive field that engages individuals of all ages, abilities, and cultures in movement experiences that contribute to their growth and development. Physical education is a dynamic field, constantly evolving as societal trends, demographics, and other factors impact upon it. Students majoring in this concentration may choose between a variety of minors (i.e., Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Dance, Health and Somatic Movement). For more information, contact Dr. Don Belcher ([email protected]).

Physical Activities Program
The purpose behind the HHP Department physical activity courses are to introduce students to a variety of lifetime sports, games, and/or activities. Participation in these physical activities is necessary for young adults in college to improve their fitness, skills, and knowledge for safe and satisfactory involvement in these activities over their lifespan. For more information, contact Dr. Bev Clanton ([email protected]).

Students majoring in Physical Education will be required to have a minor in Secondary Education. A second minor can be obtained if an individual is interested in attending additional terms. Other areas of interest for a minor may include health education, coaching, driver's education, and dance. Specific minors offered in the Department of Health and Human Performance are Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, Health Care Service, Health Care Administration, and Somatic Movement Education.

Graduate​

Students may obtain a MPH degree in Public Health with a choice of two concentrations: Community Health and Physical Activity. The Physical Activity program is designed to enhance the pedagogical skills and knowledge of students who already hold a bachelor's degree in physical education. Students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field may pursue an MHP in Public Health with a concentration in Physical Activity after completing required prerequisite courses. Another option is to combine the MHP program with the post-baccalaureate K-12 licensure program. Students must complete the Ready to Teach program in order to be admitted into the program.

Students may also pursue a Ph.D. in Human Performance with a specialization in physical education. The focus of this degree is to transition individuals from physical education teacher to the role of a physical education teacher educator and researcher. See the Physical Education Graduate Program Manager for details.

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include Exercise ScienceCommunity and Public Health with a concentration in Public Health; Tourism Hospitality ManagementLeisure and Sport Management; and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Other specializations under the Ph.D. in Human Performance are exercise science, health, and leisure studies.

In addition, M.S. degrees are available with a major in Exercise Science and a major in Leisure and Sport Management with a choice of concentrations in Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physical Education with teacher licensure program at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Graduates of MTSU teacher education programs certified to teach in Tennessee are eligible for certification reciprocity in many states. Reciprocity is not an automatic or complete transfer of certification, thus individuals should consult the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) site at https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) site at https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate as well as the US Department of Education state contacts site for information about any additional state requirements.

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