B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Certification (K – 12)

Do you have a passion for teaching physical education? Then why not promote public wellness and physical education with a B.S. in Physical Education, Teaching Certification! Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in your well-being and success.


Career Field

To earn a B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Certification, you may elect courses that prepare you for careers as elementary or secondary physical education teachers. A degree in Physical Education will also prepare you for a career in the public or private sector of recreation or coaching. 


What is a Secondary Teaching Certificate?

A secondary teaching certificate allows you to choose a main degree and career focus while adding an emphasis in teaching. If you are interested in being a teacher but desire a different focus area, click below to hear about the different programs that offer a Secondary Teaching Certificate.


Do you have a passion for education and physical fitness? A B.S. in Physical Education with a teaching certification prepares you to work with the next generation to teach them the benefits of an active lifestyle. This secondary teaching certification allows you the option of working as a physical education teacher.


  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Athletic Coach
  • College Instructor or Professor
  • Adventure and Outdoor Educator
  • Wellness Teacher
  • Athletic Director
  • Physical Therapist

Expected employment growth of coaches and scouts between 2018-2028

Job Outlook

  • Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by four percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region. (BLS.gov)
  • Employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 13% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Rising participation in high school and college sports should increase demand for coaches and scouts. (Career Planner)
  • Those who are state-certified to teach academic subjects are likely to have the best prospects for getting coaching and instructor jobs in elementary, middle, and high schools. The need to replace coaches who change occupations or leave the labor force also will provide some jobs. Very strong competition is expected for jobs at the college or professional level.

Educational Qualifications

  • While focusing in a content area, future teachers enroll in the teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology.
  • Teacher preparation programs instruct individuals how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds.
  • The program includes fieldwork, such as student teaching. Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification. All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. 

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Department of Kinesiology
Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Department of Kinesiology
Associate Professor & Department Chair