Five Great Reasons to Major in Physical Education and Health Education at Springfield College
| According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for teachers (including physical and health education teachers) ranges from good to excellent. Job prospects will be best in inner cities and rural areas. Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent through 2018. |
There is a growing need for qualified and knowledgeable physical education and health education professionals in United States schools. Springfield College has a distinguished history and an international reputation for educating exceptional physical education professionals and its graduates are highly sought. Employers are aware of the College’s long-standing national and international reputation of the program and of its commitment to producing exceptional physical and health educators.
Known worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball®, Springfield College has been an influential center for the study of physical education, sport, and athletics for more than a century. Graduates will leave as prepared, well-rounded professionals who are able to secure desirable, challenging, and rewarding careers.
| Real-world experience is a critical component of the physical education and health education program. |
Springfield College physical and health education majors are in such high demand because they graduate with extensive teaching experience. They put classroom learning to work through participating in practical experience in public schools. Springfield College physical education and health education undergraduates begin working with students in local schools during their first year, and continue to student-teach throughout the four-year program. Springfield College physical education and health education students gain experience working with all age groups, and are certified to teach from PreK through grade 12 upon graduation.
| Effective learning facilities are an important aspect of a physical and health education curriculum. |
First-class facilities and equipment help to facilitate program success. The Springfield College campus provides a unique environment where health, fitness, and wellness are integrated into the curriculum and into the lives of students, faculty, and staff. The College’s Humanics philosophy—to educate the whole person in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others—has been its guiding principle since its founding in 1885.
More than three-quarters of Springfield College students were high school athletes and many majors focus on aspects of physical education, health, fitness, and wellness. Springfield College prides itself on its commitment to provide students a balanced educational experience.
Springfield College’s academic, recreational, and athletic facilities are second to none and demonstrate the College’s commitment to and renowned reputation of its physical education, health, and exercise science programs. This commitment extends to student recreational and intercollegiate athletic opportunities, as well.
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| While a bachelor’s degree is required of physical education and health education teachers, many students also choose to continue their education by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree to advance their knowledge in the field. |
For students who want to continue their education, the fact that they can stay at Springfield College to achieve a master’s or doctoral degree is an additional benefit. Many students find this an attractive option, as they have already built relationships with their professors and become familiar with the campus as undergraduates.
| In addition to being knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students' educational and emotional needs. Teachers must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students and employ different teaching methods that will result in higher student achievement. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) |
Springfield College physical and health education students learn from the best. One of the most important resources available to Springfield College physical education and health education students is a dedicated, experienced, and supportive team of faculty members. In addition to an outstanding curriculum, students in the program also benefit from faculty who serve as mentors. The physical education and health education program has the largest faculty on campus with 33 full-time members. All full-time faculty members teach undergraduate students, and many of them also teach master’s program and doctoral students.
Students have access to a faculty that prides itself on role modeling and mentorship. Additionally, a large percentage of the faculty are teachers and coaches. Thus, Springfield College coaches are educators and faculty, not staff. These coaching role models and mentors are significant because many physical educators are also intercollegiate athletes and may become interscholastic coaches. The wide variety of activity, pedagogy, sport science, and health classes will prepare students to be the well rounded physical or health educator that schools desire. The Springfield College curriculum focuses on appropriate lessons and effective instructional strategies that will guide students to a career as a successful and proficient educator. Springfield College faculty members encourage students to use them as a resource, not just while they are at Springfield College, but after they graduate as well.