Physical & Health Education Degree Programs


If you really wish to make a difference in the lives of students and general public and would like to see their health improve, you can consider obtaining degrees in physical and health education. Whether you are a K-12 teacher, an instructor, a private coach or a personal trainer, physical health and education degrees offer comprehensive training to all these professionals. These degree programs can provide training to just anyone who find themselves committed to promoting healthy lifestyle for people.

Candidates and professionals can decide to obtain a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctoral degree in physical and health education. You can either attend a college or a university locally or can earn your degrees online. Equipped with a degree in this field, you can acquire physical education jobs. The degree programs train candidates in a variety of sports and exercise techniques.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
It takes four years to complete the degree program. A bachelor’s of science degree in physical education prepares students to take up teaching and coaching jobs. The degree program includes training in subjects like general education, liberal arts and science and physical and health education. The coursework for this bachelor’s degree includes –

Health and physical education theory
Intercollegiate sports coaching
Exercise physiology training
First aid and CPR training
Kinesiology
Training in physical and health education for teaching in elementary schools
Measurement/ evaluation in physical education programs

Courses that specialize in sports include –

Racquet sports
Physical fitness
Gymnastics
Aquatic fitness
Aerobic fitness
Team sports

To obtain teaching positions at K-12 level, a bachelor’s degree in P.E. and health education is the standard requirement. Besides having the degree, teachers also need to acquire state licensure. For this, you will need to go for a teacher training and pass an examination.

Master’s Degree in Physical & Health Education
A master’s degree or a doctoral degree in physical health education is required to obtain senior level coaching and teaching positions. The master degree program gives students the opportunity to specialize in their chosen area of interest. While going for this advanced degree, students can pursue specialization in child health education, psychology and stress management, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, physical activity epidemiology etc.

Ph.D. in Physical Health & Education
If you aspire to become an athletic program director, health education professor or a researcher, a doctoral degree in physical and health education is required. The degree prepares candidates to take higher level administrative positions in physical and health education. The coursework for the degree emphasizes on research methodology and quantitative analysis.

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