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Physical Education Degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Physical Education Degree

The physical education program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University prepares students for careers teaching physical education in elementary, middle, or secondary school. The program focuses on planning and implementing a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national standards. Program courses include: personal health and wellness, foundation of movement and motor activities, biology, prevention and care of athletic injuries, and individual and team sports skills. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer physical education degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Physical Education Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers a master's degree program in physical education.

Students by Gender (2010-2011)

 Graduates
Male16
Female30

Students by Race (2010-2011)

 Graduates
Asian1
Black3
Hispanic2
White39
Unknown1

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Physical Education program at Virginia Tech, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

  • Description:

    Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, middle school teachers, except special and vocational education employment is expected to grow at a rate of 16.9% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Average Annual Salary: $57,660

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

  • Description:

    Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.9% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 360
      • Average Annual Salary: $57,010

Coaches and Scouts

  • Description:

    Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, coaches and scouts employment is expected to grow at a rate of 29.4% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 110
      • Average Annual Salary: $34,610

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Physical Education Programs in Virginia

Physical Education programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Radford University

Radford, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

110 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Reading Teacher Education (B)
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Roanoke College

Salem, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Physical Education (B)
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Ferrum College

Ferrum, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

14 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Physical Education (B)
Averett University

Danville, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B,M)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B,M)
  • Health Teacher Education (B,M)
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Emory and Henry College

Emory, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

7 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
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Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Physical Education (B)
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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (M)
  • Health Teacher Education (M)
  • Physical Education (M)
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Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

87 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education (B)
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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

35 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Music Teacher Education (C,B)
  • Physical Education (C,B)
  • Reading Teacher Education (C,B)
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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

34 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B,M)
  • Health Teacher Education (B,M)
  • Physical Education (B,M)