The mission of the Physical Education program at Fairmont State University is to produce highly skilled, physically literate practitioners who are dedicated to promoting healthful physical activity across the lifespan, through culturally inclusive and innovative instructional practices.
The Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.) program with a concentration in physical education is a specialized program that leads to a PreK-Adult teaching certification. The physical education program is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the interdisciplinary knowledge to teach, motivate, and facilitate skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness in school, wellness, and sport-based environments. The curriculum directly aligns with the West Virginia Standards for teachers and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) National Standards for beginning teachers. Our program’s small class sizes allow teacher candidates to gain hands-on, real world learning experiences, and develop strong relationships with peers and faculty.
Physical education majors apply the knowledge learned in the classroom through participation in practical experiences in public schools. Physical education undergraduates begin working with students in local schools during their first year, and continue to do so throughout their four-years, culminating in a semester-long student-teaching experience.
The FSU undergraduate physical education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and SHAPE America.
The B.A. program with a concentration in physical education prepares students for careers in a variety of physical education, administration, sport, physical activity and fitness-related settings. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:
The career outlook for teachers (including physical education and health teachers) ranges from good to excellent. Examples of physical education and related jobs include, but are not limited to:
*U.S. Median Salary
|Adapted Physical Education Specialist||14%||$53,860|
|Fitness & Wellness Coordinator||14%||$78,210|
|Physical Fitness Trainer||14%||$38,160|
|Elementary Physical Education Teacher||5-9%||$55,800|
|Middle School Physical Education Teacher||5-9%||$56,720|
|Recreation & Fitness Studies Teacher||14%||$59,180|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).