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Physical Education and Health Teaching

  • Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor
    In a world plagued with inactivity, childhood obesity is on the rise. Be the person who gets them up and active. Become a physical education/health teacher. Influence a generation for fitness and good health.

  • Teaching students the benefits of being physically active is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Motivate them to participate and help them succeed.

    Be their leader. Prepare lesson plans and gather equipment. Not just in the traditional sports like basketball and baseball, but in a variety of physical activities – rock climbing, inline skating, tennis, golf, running, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, fitness, aerobics, dance, gymnastics. Coach them in sport skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship. There are so many possibilities!

    Set them on the path of good health, good choices and good attitude for the rest of their lives. Teach them to respect and care for the person God has made them to be.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study anatomy, physiology, coaching, sports skills, first aid and emergency care, personal and community health, kinesiology, teaching aquatic skills, nutrition.
    • Assist with fitness programs, like Jump Rope for Heart, in area schools.
    • Prepare to be certified as a physical education and health teacher for students in grades K-12.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Before your student teaching experience, you will complete between 100 to 130 hours of field experiences. The Teacher Education Program will assist you in securing the school placements for all your field experiences. Our Student Education Association (SEA) is an organization to help you do additional “educational service” activities each academic year.

    SEA empowers you and other future educators to invest in the lives of the next generation. Through professional and social activities, you will bond with other students, faculty and educators who are already working in their chose careers. SEA is the largest student organization on campus with more than 200 students who take part in activities each year. We make a major impact in the surrounding school districts and community!

    Your student teaching assignment gives you experience in taking on more responsibilities for directing the learning activities of a group of students in a “real-world” classroom. The minimum time is 60 full official school days. You will be supervised by a classroom teacher, the principal of the school, and the university supervisor. A faculty member will observe you on site. This is a time for you to grow, learn and develop as a teacher.


    If you:

    • enjoy working with people, especially children and teens
    • already spend a lot of time with groups of children
    • are physically active and fit
    • have a passion for health and fitness

    then a career as a physical education and health teacher may be for you.

    Possible careers include: physical education teacher, health education teacher or coach in public or private school – elementary, middle or high school; health education teacher

    This is a brief over view of what the School of Education and the Department of Exercise and Sports Science offer to students. For more detailed information about procedures and requirements, go to the online catalog.

    Physical Education/Health Teaching is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies and the School of Education.