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.
What can I earn as a Physical Education Teacher?
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How to become a Physical Education Teacher
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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