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Health and Physical Education (PK-12)

About

If you have a love of health and fitness and would like to teach its importance to the next generation, consider an endorsement in health and physical education. Today’s culture places much importance on a healthy lifestyle. What better way to further that purpose than to become a health and P.E. teacher? At Wayne State, you’ll study anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics – all important things to understand as a teacher of health and physical education. With a degree in education and an endorsement in health and P.E., you’ll be prepared to teach all ages (PK-12).

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Field endorsement)
If you choose the health and physical education (K-12) field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsement in order to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For endorsement: 55
Professional education: 33-36
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Coaching (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


Departments: Health, Human Performance, and Sport, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Health and Physical Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for your degree to teach health and physical education.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Elementary school health and physical education
  • Motor learning and development
  • Athletic performance and nutrition
  • First aid and CPR
  • Strategies in drug education
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Fitness evaluation and assessment
  • Body testing and measuring
  • Curriculum development for grades K-12
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Adapting curriculum to special needs
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Leadership and organization
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Elementary physical education teacher
  • Middle school physical education teacher
  • High school physical education teacher
  • Health educator
  • Camp director
  • Health studies teacher
  • Park manager
  • Fitness consultant
  • Athletic director
  • Fitness instructor
  • Rec center manager
  • Sports referee
  • Health club manager

Employers

Employers

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Youth sports clubs
  • Recreation centers
  • Health clubs
  • Fitness centers
  • Sports leagues
  • Youth camps
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Resorts and spas
  • Non-profit organizations

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.  

Student Activities for Education Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Coaching – Test your leadership skills as you coach sports teams for local high school, junior high, and recreation leagues.
  • Recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach health and physical education, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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