What are recent grads doing now?
The majority of the UST Physical Education and Health Education graduates find employment as teachers in a school setting. Upon graduating from UST, you are able to apply for K-12 licensure, so we see majors teaching at all grade levels. Majors choose this field because they are passionate about children and helping to keep them knowledgeable, skilled and active individuals. Our majors love the field of physical and health education and know that as teachers they are doing are very important job.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Our teaching majors have traveled the globe from Spain to Italy and Ireland to Norway to study the culture of physical well-being. The majority of our majors decide to complete a double major and have a tight coursework schedule to complete to graduate on time. Travel abroad is a fantastic experience and if they are interested in doing so, they need to plan well in advance and contact a faculty member in the Health and Human Performance department.
The faculty in the Health and Human Performance department work individually with all of the majors in the department to further the student’s growth and professional development in the student’s chosen field. Faculty members collaborate with students on research projects to participate in the UST “Inquiry at UST” and have attended other professional conferences, such as the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) with poster presentations of completed research. In addition to attending area conferences, faculty members have taken students to state and national professional conventions.
The physical and health education teaching majors do not complete internships. Throughout the student’s course work, such as in a physical education teaching methods course, they will complete clinical hours which requires them to work in a school setting along with a licensed teacher. The Health and Human Performance department offers three teaching methods courses in which students will be in schools. The required education courses taken through the education department also require clinical hours.
What jobs are possible with a Physical and Health Education major?
- Athletic Coach
- Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
- Corporate Fitness Instructor
- Dance Instructor
- Aerobics Instructor
- PE/Sport/Research Instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Physical Education Teacher
- Activities Director
- Camp Director
- Community/Commercial Recreation Director