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Physical Education

Become a Physical Education teacher and take action against one of our nation’s most critical health problems. As a P.E. teacher, you play a direct role in the lifetime health of your students. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever for young people to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and discover activities they actually enjoy.

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Why Grand View?

  • You’ll work closely with an experienced physical education teacher for two entire semesters prior to student teaching.
  • Hands-on practicum experience to design lesson plans and work with students in both elementary and high school settings.
  • Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in Elementary Education.

Career Options

  • Physical Education Teacher 
  • Activities Director
  • Adventurer/Risk Trainer
  • Aquatic Management
  • Athletic Director/Trainer
  • Camp Director
  • College/University/high School Coach
  • Community/Commercial Recreation Director
  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Educator
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • Park Manager
  • Personal Trainer

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Dedicated in 2008, the 42,851 square-foot $8.5 million building houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose classrooms, art studios, computer labs, the ALT Center, faculty offices, and various student amenities.

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Did You Know?

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A decline in physical activity has contributed to the unprecedented epidemic of childhood obesity. One important way to address this decline is through strong physical education programs in our nation's schools. To arrest the rise in obesity, children must be physically active during the school day and learn about keeping healthy through exercise and eating a balanced diet.

You Can Make a Difference

Research shows that healthy children learn more effectively and achieve more academically. If the lessons of lifetime physical activity and healthy food and beverage choices are modeled at home and reinforced in school, children will have the optimal foundation for healthy living.

Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Through effective physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Physical education is an integral part of developing the "whole" child in social settings and the learning environment.

Is Physical Education Right for You?

Physical education teachers are usually employed to teach children from the kindergarten level through high school. They promote physical activity and well-being through a variety of physical activities and sports. Students also might learn about CPR, first aid and overall health during their physical education period.

Physical education teachers also might serve as coaches for schools' sports teams or as health teachers. They must be physically fit, as most of their days are spent on their feet, and an overall knowledge of sporting and physical activity equipment is necessary.

Physical education teachers must develop lesson plans and prepare props and equipment just as any other teacher would. They must assure that their lesson plans are appropriate and effective for all students.

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