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Become A Physical Education Teacher

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Working As A Physical Education Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $48,385

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical Education Teacher Do

A Physical Education Teacher helps children from primary and secondary school develop physical abilities and healthy habits. They develop, organize, and deliver lessons in accordance with the physical education curriculum of the children’s grade level.

How To Become A Physical Education Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Real Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physical Education Teacher Capital City Public Charter School Washington, DC May 11, 2015 $79,240
Physical Education Teacher Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Syracuse, NY Sep 18, 2016 $71,750
Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher The Waldorf School of Garden City Garden City, NY Dec 08, 2014 $71,610
Physical Education Teacher The Waldorf School of Garden City Garden City, NY Sep 30, 2015 $71,610
Physical Education Teacher Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2015 $70,200
Physical Education Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 07, 2014 $67,075
Physical Education Teacher Milton Town School District Milton, VT Oct 01, 2014 $67,055
Secondary Physical Education Teacher ICEF Public Schools Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $65,532
Middle School Physical Education Teacher Hopewell Academy, Inc. Cary, NC Aug 01, 2014 $65,000
Physical Education Teacher The British International School of New York New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $64,000
Physical Education Teacher and Coach The Shipley School Bryn Mawr, PA Sep 16, 2015 $62,500
Secondary Physical Education Teacher ICEF Public Schools Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $60,768
Physical Education Teacher Noble Network of Charter Schools Chicago, IL Jul 12, 2016 $51,000
Physical Education Teacher Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Syracuse, NY Sep 17, 2013 $50,950
Teacher, Physical Education Academy of The Pacific Rim Charter Public School MA Aug 12, 2014 $50,500
Physical Education Teacher Southwest Independent School Discrict San Antonio, TX Jul 10, 2015 $50,425
Physical Education Teacher ICEF Public Schools Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $50,040
Physical Education Teacher Vance County Schools Henderson, NC Jul 01, 2015 $49,929
Physical Education Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $49,908
Physical Education Teacher Child Development Center of The Hamptons Wainscott, NY Jan 09, 2016 $45,000
Physical Education Teacher Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Apr 22, 2013 $44,330
Physical Education Teacher National Christian Academy Fort Washington, MD Oct 01, 2015 $44,098
Secondary Physical Education Teacher Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Oct 25, 2013 $43,700
Secondary Physical Education Teacher Iberia Parish School Board Jeanerette, LA Oct 01, 2015 $43,360
Physical Education Teacher Metropolitan Board of Education Nashville, TN Oct 01, 2013 $43,316
Physical Education Teacher Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Nashville, TN Oct 01, 2013 $43,316
Physical Education Teacher Dulce Independent School District Dulce, NM Feb 19, 2016 $43,000

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Top Skills for A Physical Education Teacher

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Top Physical Education Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Physical Education Curriculum
  3. Weekly Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Lesson plans that helped instill quality classroom management and organization.
  • Redrafted the Health/Physical Education curriculum to strengthen the affiliation with the Core Standards.
  • Teach eight physical education classes to mentally ill children * Develop Individual Education Plans * Develop weekly lesson plans
  • Collaborate with the adapted physical education teacher.
  • Coached varsity volleyball and track teams 4.

Physical Education Teacher Videos

Middle Years Physical Education - Teaching with a Purpose

Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher), Career Video from drkit.org

Physical Education Teacher: Grades K-2

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