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Physical Education

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Preparing for Teaching, Coaching, Fitness and Sports Related Careers

Graduates with a degree in education from Alderson Broaddus University find themselves well prepared for PreK-Adult educational settings. We encourage our students to choose a primary certification area and then broaden their background to include an additional endorsement.

If physical fitness and athletic competition have been among your most satisfying experiences, you'll appreciate the many opportunities for active involvement in the quality physical education program at Alderson Broaddus University.

Hands-On Experience

As a physical education major at AB you'll be able to apply your classroom theories as you play, officiate or organize events in the intramural program. You may be one of the students selected to serve as assistant to head coaches in AB's intercollegiate programs in men's soccer, baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross-country and women's volleyball and softball.

You'll enjoy studying and working-out in Memorial Coliseum, which provides space and equipment for a complete health and physical education program, as well as for many types of recreation. Coliseum features include a swimming pool, weight room, handball court, auxiliary gymnasium, archery range and batting cage.

Other experiences valuable to your career in health or physical education will be opportunities to work at a health or fitness center, to participate as a staff member at summer athletic camps, to assist professors in activity classes and to interview and observe current teachers in the field.

At AB you'll work in a vigorous program with excellent faculty, and you'll have the opportunity to expand your future opportunities with double majors or with elective minors such as business, computer science, recreational leadership, aging studies, speech communications or health administration, strength and conditioning, and athletic coaching.

Certification

AB's education program prepares students for certification in physical education PreK-Adult. Teaching opportunities are excellent with a strong emphasis on health and physical education in the public schools.

Excellent Opportunities

You will have many opportunities for involvement in experiences that will help you develop as a well rounded teacher and that will make you very attractive to future employers. You can participate in: Student Education Association; C.A.R.E., an after-school tutoring program; annual Education Day; Special Olympics; State professional association meetings; and area professional organizations with student chapters on campus.

Interesting Career Options

With rising interest in wellness and recreation, you'll have a variety of career options, either immediate or with experience and/or additional study, such as athletic training; sports information, sports journalism or broadcasting; directing fitness, wellness or recreation programs in corporate or agency settings; management and sales careers related to sports and fitness equipment and others.