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Physical Education Teaching and Coaching


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What to Expect

A degree in physical education opens the door to a variety of careers, from teaching to coaching to working as a personal trainer.

As a former national-caliber bicyclist, Steve Broglio knew more than a little something about the human body. But he wanted to know more, which is why he took physical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The physical education program was a constant learning experience and challenge for him. "Each day at practice [was] something different, something new," he says.

"The best thing about athletic training is that no two days are alike. On top of that, I have been given the opportunity to work with some of the best athletes in the country who not only are great at their events, but are great people, too."

Finding enough time is definitely something Broglio has found he has to do to succeed in the program. "If you don't budget your time carefully, you could easily get overrun with schoolwork and other obligations," Broglio says.

Jennifer Cooke took the same program as Broglio. She says the most difficult part of the program was the academic emphasis. "Many people think of the PE major as a less challenging major than others and, therefore, take their studies lightly," she says.

But don't be fooled. "Never underestimate a class, because oftentimes the material may sound simple but be more involved than you think," she says. "The best advice I have is to talk to other students who have been in the major longer and have more experience. Also, speak with advisors and professors as much as possible."

How to Prepare

"A good idea is to either play on a sports team or work with a sports team as a manager," says Cooke.

"Also, working with a PE teacher can be helpful. Any classes in biology, chemistry, psychology and anatomy will begin to provide one with knowledge to enter such a program."

Cooke says potential physical education majors should definitely seek out others, such as professors, advisors and other students, to obtain information. "Always ask questions," she advises.

Broglio agrees. "Talk to anyone and everyone in the field about what they do," he says. "My experience has always been a positive one with me asking questions."


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