3 Reasons to Become a PE Teacher

By Lauren Abraham

PE teacher stretches with students

Ever thought about becoming a PE teacher? If you have a passion for sports and exercise, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Physical Education may be the perfect fit! In this program, you will learn and develop strategies to implement an engaging health and physical education program for 21st century schools and athletic programs. Here are three reasons to become a physical education teacher:

Develop Expertise in Physical Fitness

In Grand Canyon University’s program, you will gain the skills for teaching junior high and high school physical education, athletics coaching and wellness programs. You will have the opportunity to review research on physical development and growth, which will allow you to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of the human body, movement and physical education. In addition, through student teaching experiences, you will grow in your ability to apply the concepts you learn in class.

Work in a Fun Environment

Being a PE teacher can be a lot of fun! You will spend a majority of your days in a gym or outdoors, and you will have the flexibility to hold classes in a variety of different spaces. As you work directly with your students, you can connect with them in a meaningful way. In addition to sharing your love for physical fitness with them, you can promote inclusiveness, responsibility, cooperation and diversity.

Make a Difference

As a PE teacher, you can make a positive impact in the lives of your students each day. Physical education is an important class for students, because it teaches them the value of staying active. Childhood obesity has become a great problem over the years, and physical education classes can help to promote healthy lifestyles among students. In addition, you can incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies in your teaching. Finally, you  can teach your students what it means to work in a team, strengthen their social skills and improve their focus and abilities in the classroom. By choosing to pursue this profession, you can play a valuable role in settings such as youth and recreation centers, junior high and high schools, fitness centers and wellness program agencies.

The College of Education at Grand Canyon University inspires excellence in pedagogy and scholarship. To learn about GCU’s education degree programs, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of this page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a degree in communications at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.