Teaching and Coaching

If you have a passion for sports and exercise, would enjoy coaching a sports team, or would like to help kids become more confident and excited about physical activity, a Bachelor of Science in EC-12 Physical Education can help you reach those goals. This program helps students develop skills and strategies to teach physical education and coach sports at various levels. Courses include many opportunities to visit schools to watch physical education teachers and coaches in action, in settings ranging from track team workouts to a movement class for students with physical disabilities. Upon graduation, students are qualified to apply for their Texas teacher certification (P.E. EC-12) and are eligible to teach physical education and coach in public and private schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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Madison Frerich

Student

Aside from being knowledgeable, my professors have also been witty, caring, and fun. They've set a great example for me to follow as a future educator and coach. I've learned a lot about different coaching philosophies and teaching methods that I plan to use on the court and in the classroom.

Madison Frerich

Student

Why should I choose EC-12 Physical Education?

This major prepares you to be an expert coach and teacher, helping young people learn about physical fitness, inclusiveness, responsibility, and teamwork.

What are some courses I will take?

  • Coaching Theory
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Elementary Methods for Teaching PE
  • Classroom Management

What are some career options for physical education majors?

Teaching and Coaching majors have found careers in various fields:

  • K-12 Teacher in Physical Education
  • Sports Coaching
  • Athletic Trainer (with additional certification)
  • Recreation Center Program Director

What is the job outlook for coaches?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for coaches is growing faster than the average demand for all occupations, with the number of jobs expected to increase by 13% over the next decade.

What makes a EC-12 PE degree at UMHB special?

On average, 95% of the graduates from this program pass their state certification exams and become certified teachers and coaches in Texas each year. Many successfully complete certifications in other areas as well, to broaden their career options.

All classes are taught by full-time faculty who have earned advanced and terminal degrees within the physical education/teacher education profession and have had K-12 teaching experience.

EC-12 Physical Education majors enjoy many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom as volunteer coaches and student mentors.

Upon passing their certification exams, graduates of this program average a job placement rate of nearly 100% annually.

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Page last updated October 09, 2018