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Physical Education Teacher

What's it like to be a Physical Education Teacher?

A Physical Education Teacher (also known as a PE Teacher) is responsible for developing instructional plans that encourage physical activity in students aged 5-18. These typically include organised games and sports. Physical Education Teachers focus on developing the physical fitness, skills, self-esteem, lifestyle habits and interpersonal skills of students. Physical Education Teachers work with students of all abilities and accommodate disabled students. Knowledge of basic first aid is necessary.

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How to become a Physical Education Teacher


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To become a Physical Education (PE) Teacher, you have to complete a bachelor degree in Education, with a major in Health and Physical Education. Alternatively, you may complete a relevant degree (such as Human Movement), followed by a postgraduate qualification in Education or Teaching.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in Education, Physical Education, or a related field. To get into degree courses you need to be 17 or older and have completed Year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index. Prerequisite subjects in one or more of the following is usually required: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  2. Alternatively, complete a postgraduate course in Education upon completion of an appropriate bachelor degree as well as teaching experience or a background in the sports, fitness or recreation industries.
  3. Teachers in public schools and some private schools are required to have a professional certification issued by the state department of education. Entry-level jobs are available, but these usually require student teaching experience.

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Latest reviews from 4 Physical Education Teachers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
PE teaching....rewarding, challenging and fun
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Physical Education
The good things
Satisfaction of working with young people in a positive way.
The challenges
Difficulty in getting permanent employment in the current environment.
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May 2021
Developing a love of physical activity
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Primary School
The good things
A rewarding and enjoyable role where you have the privilege of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle to your students. You aim to provide them with positive experiences to encourage them to be an a...
The challenges
Not a lot of full time roles in a Primary School.
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