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Physical education

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Physical Education?"

Why Major in Physical Education?

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical Education and completion of Option 1 will:

  • Demonstrate a level of content knowledge required to be an effective teacher.
  • Utilize appropriate practices and broad fields of information when planning and implementing effective instructional strategies for diverse populations.
  • Positively impact student engagement and learning though appropriate instructional practices in the management of time, people, space, equipment, transitions and behavior.
  • Understand and use multiple assessment strategies to assess individual student needs and learning as well as program effectiveness.
  • Continually reflect on and make instructional and program improvement decisions based on assessment data.

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical Education and completion of Option 2 or 3 will:

  • Demonstrate and integrate knowledge of the major concepts, empirical findings and current trends in the area of exercise science.
  • Recognize and demonstrate critical thinking, including the scientific method to address problems related to the professions of physical activity, health promotion and health-care.
  • Appropriately apply knowledge and skills acquired in the exercise science curriculum to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Identify and apply appropriate exercise science language through effective speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Recognize and apply empirical evidence while behaving legally and ethically in research, clinic, professional and applied settings.
  • Recognize individual differences, respecting the role these differences play in intercultural and international diversity. Describe the interaction of these factors in the field of exercise and health-care.
  • Review authentic occupational, career, and advanced educational opportunities appropriate to the discipline and develop a feasible plan to pursue those opportunities.

Related Career Titles

Option 1: Elementary - Secondary Certification K-12

Athletic Coach Physical Education Teacher

Option 2: Corporate Fitness

Aquatic Management Fitness Center Manager
Community Health and Fitness Professional Fitness Center Operator
Consultant Health Club Manager
Corporate Fitness Director Health Promotion Director
Corporate Fitness Specialist Personal Trainer
Corporate Wellness Program Director Sales/Marketing Professional
Country Club Manager Wellness Coordinator
Exercise Program Director

Option 3: Exercise Science

Activities Director Health Promotion Director
Adventure/Risk Trainer Health/Fitness Instructor
Aerobics/Group Exercise Instructor Healthy Behavior Specialist
Aquatic Management Human Kinetics Specialist
Athletic Coach Medical Physician
Athletic Trainer Municipal Recreation Specialist
Biomechanist Nutrition Consultant
Cardiac Rehabilitation Occupational Physiologist
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Personal Trainer
Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor Prison Recreation Specialist
Chiropractic Physician Professional Sports Judge/Referee/Umpire
Corporate Wellness Program Director Recreation/Camp Program Director
Country Club Manager Researcher
Cruise Recreation Director Sports Nutritionist
Exercise Physiologist Sports Psychologist
Exercise Program Director Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fitness Director Swimming Pool Manager
Fitness Instructor Weight Training Instructor
Fitness Program Coordinator Wellness Coordinator
Health Club Manager

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

American College of Sports Medicine
Exercise Jobs
National Strength and Conditioning Association

Affiliated Organizations

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American College of Sports Medicine
MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
National Strength and Conditioning Association

Four-Year Academic Plans

Physical Education Major (Option 1: Elementary-Secondary Certification K-12), B.S. Degree
Physical Education Major (Option 2 Fitness/Wellness I (Corporate Fitness)), B.S. Degree
Physical Education Major (Option 3: Fitness/Wellness II (Exercise Science)), B.S. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

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Sarah Cavanah
Career Services Center