Gym Teacher Degree Programs and Courses

Find out about degree options for a career as a gym teacher, and see what courses are included in a degree program. Learn about online programs, and examine state licensure requirements. Schools offering Athletic Coaching degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

A bachelor's degree is required to become a gym teacher in a public school. Generally, you'll learn about teaching physical education, first aid, and a variety of sports. Once you have your bachelor's degree, graduate certificate programs and master's degrees are available, including online programs.

Degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees and graduate certificate programs are available
Courses Teaching, health, physiology, various sports, nutrition
Online Some hybrid courses are available for bachelor's degree programs; online courses for certificate and master's programs are available.

What Gym Teacher Degree Programs Are Available for Undergraduates?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all 50 states will require you to obtain a state license in order to teach any subject in a public school, and licensure always requires a bachelor's degree (www.bls.gov). You can seek state certification at multiple levels of education, including elementary, middle and secondary schools. Bachelor's degree programs in kinesiology and physical education can qualify you to teach at the K-12 level with the proper teacher certification track.

What About Graduate Programs?

If you already have a bachelor's degree, but you require further specialization to meet licensure requirements, you can enroll in a graduate certificate program in physical education. Such graduate programs contain the coursework needed to earn teaching certification. One example of a program is a Physical Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program.

In some states, you may be required to obtain a master's degree within a certain amount of time after becoming employed. Master's degree programs may allow you to add a specialization to your education in such areas as research, sport psychology and physical education for disabled children. A Master of Education in Physical Education could be a potential option for your degree.

What Undergraduate Courses Will I Take?

Through a bachelor's degree program, you'll take courses in subjects like teaching elementary and secondary physical education. You can also take courses in a variety of sports. A student teaching internship experience will typically be required. Here are some of the topics you might be studying:

  • First aid
  • Human movement
  • Psychology
  • Health
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis

What About Courses in a Graduate Program?

Graduate certificate programs and master's degree programs may focus on more advanced subjects related to research and instructional program design. You'll also study exercise science and rehabilitation. You may have to write a thesis based on original research to complete a master's degree program. These areas of study may be explored in your coursework:

  • Research study
  • Curriculum development
  • Developing research reports
  • Analyzing research
  • Nutrition
  • Coaching techniques

What Online Options Are Available?

If you're pursuing a bachelor's degree in physical education, you won't be able to complete it entirely online, due to the mandatory real-world teaching experiences. However, you may be able to find programs that offer some general education coursework and a handful of didactic courses through distance education options.

If you're currently working as a gym teacher and you're interested in additional education, then you could look for an entirely online graduate certificate or master's degree program. Online options can be especially convenient if you have personal or professional obligations or if you live too far from a school to physically attend. You can complete these programs through coursework, examinations and essays that you submit over the Internet, through e-mail and course delivery systems.

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