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All You Need to Know About Physical Education Teaching/Coaching

May 2, 2019


Does the idea of a "desk-job" bring you to tears? If so, the Physical Education Teaching/Coaching (PETE) program might be a good fit for you. Let's go over a few of the cool things this major has to offer!    


Fun Fact #1

Students get the chance to learn and perform a variety of sports, dance, and recreational activities! For example, one of the requirements of the PETE major is to complete a few SWELL (Student Wellness) classes. You have the choice to pick between options such as Pilates, Martial Arts, Yoga, and Swimming, and even some recreational classes like Rock Climbing and Canoeing! Other classes, such as Coaching Volleyball, Coaching Soccer, and Coaching Track and Field are a few more interesting options for classes offered in the PETE major. Even after you complete these requirements, they recommend you take more of these classes to gain experience.  

Fun Fact #2

You get a super cool official PETE uniform for when you go out into the schools. Not only does this help your students identify you as the coach and teacher, but it also makes you feel like an official part of the PETE major.   


Fun Fact #3

You get a lot of time in the schools. The PETE major covers much more than just elementary school, or just middle school. It is a degree that covers teaching education and coaching from kindergarten to 12th grade. This means that you get to spend time in the schools starting with elementary school, moving through middle school, and then working with the high school students. It allows you to learn different ways of teaching physical education so you can help any age group thrown your way. The program even includes the opportunity for an internship where you get to work alongside a head coach for 50 hours at a school!

Fun Fact #4

The PETE major is 63.5-66.5 credit hours. You are able to personalize your graduation plan to take the classes that interest you, which explains why there is a small range in the total amount of credit hours.  


Fun Fact #5

You get to help kids learn how to take care of and love themselves. Students in the PETE program learn how to help kids love to exercise and recognize the importance of it. You are making a difference in the lives of kids by helping them take care of themselves physically, and helping them gain a greater joy mentally as well!   


For more information on Physical Education Teaching/ Coaching, contact us to meet with a student who is currently in the major!  


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For more information, visit: https://education.byu.edu/ted/pete 



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