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BEED (Bachelor of Elementary

Education) in the Philippines


Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) is a four year degree program
designed to prepare students to become primary school teachers. The
program combines both theory and practice in order to teach students the
necessary knowledge and skills a primary school teacher needs. There are
several major fields of concentration in the BEED program, namely Early
Childhood Education, Special Education, General Education, English,
Mathematics, Science, Filipino, Social Studies Music, Arts and Physical
Education (MAPE) and Technology and Home Economics (THE).

Subjects and Curriculum


The BEED curriculum contains both General Education subjects (Basic English and
Math, Filipino) and Professional Education subjects. The General Education subjects
can be classified into three major categories:

Theory and Concepts subjects: Facilitating Learning, Child and


Adolescent Psychology

Methods and Strategies subjects: Curriculum Development,


Developmental Reading

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Field Study subjects: Practice Teaching
Depending on the school, elective subjects may also be integrated in the BEED
curriculum.
The first three years in the BEED program are spent in classroom lectures and
teaching demonstrations. A Majors Forum is also conducted weekly wherein
students are given opportunities to review and communicate what they have
learned/experienced, be aware of current issues and trends in education and to
discuss matters relevant to teacher education and the teaching profession.
Practice Teaching is done during the fourth year of study in both private and public
elementary schools, under the supervision of the class adviser who will also conduct
periodic evaluation on the assigned student teacher.
Depending on the field of specialization a student chooses, an undergraduate
research paper may be required as a prerequisite for graduation.

Is teaching a profession?
Teaching is a profession. A graduate of BEED who passes the Licensure
Examination for Teachers (LET) is called a Licensed Teacher. The
responsibilities of an elementary teacher include establishing and enforcing rules for
behavior and procedures for maintaining order, developing lesson plans and
instructional materials and providing individualized and small group instruction,
evaluating students academic and social growth, keeping appropriate records, and
preparing progress reports, communicating with parents through conferences and
other means to discuss students progress and interpret the school program and
encouraging students to join extracurricular activities such as clubs, student
organizations, and academic contests.

What are the admission requirements for


Bachelor of Elementary Education?
Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the common requirements:

Must be a high school graduate.


Those who did not complete high school education may opt to first attend
Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational
Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college. However, some universities
only offer selected courses for PEPT passers.

High school QPA: some schools require a high school QPA of 80% and
above with no grade less than 75% in all subjects.

College entrance exam: must pass the college entrance examination.

Teachers Aptitude Test: there are schools that will require students to
take a separate Teachers Aptitude Test.

Interview: must pass the interview conducted by the college / university


admission officer.

National Secondary Assessment Test: some schools require a

particular rating in the National Secondary Assessment Test (NSAT).


(See sources 1, 2, 3)

What skills, traits and attitude will help you


become a teacher?
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Being a good communicator the ability to proficiently speak and write


English and convey information to students that is easy to understand.

Interpersonal skills establishing and maintaining positive mutual


working relationships with students, parents and co-workers.

Patience understanding student behavior, avoiding temper flares and


finding possible solutions to unpleasant situations.

Being organized having the ability to sort and arrange information in a


systematic order, combine ideas and relay them to the students in a clear,
concise, and logical manner.

Able to explain things in an age appropriate manner teaching in


primary school will expose you to younger age groups, below 12 years old,
and these children understand things in different ways than adults or high
school students do. Its very important to explain lessons in the level of
understanding that your students are at.

Being comfortable in public speaking being able to speak in front of


a class with 30-40 students without losing your concentration and while
keeping calm and composed.

Able to establish authority the ability to impose discipline in the


classroom and obtain the respect of ones students

Able to deal with children children at this age are very playful and
active, they tend to think of play more than study, as a primary school
teacher you need to have a great amount of understanding for children.

How difficult is Bachelor of Elementary


Education?
BEED is considered an easy course. The subjects incorporated in its curriculum are

simple and easy to understand. One of the most important things when you take up
this course is the desire and passion to teach. If you have this, then you will be able
to finish the program smoothly. However, the most difficult part of the BEED course
is the fact that you will be dealing with 6-12 old children. Children at this stage have
short attention spans and will always think of play. In addition, children have varied
personalities and values; often they may be difficult to understand. Your efficiency
as a teacher, your patience and character will be tested when dealing with the
children.

How long does it take to complete the BEED


program in the Philippines?
The BEED program takes 4 years to complete. The program may be completed in
less than 4 years in schools that follow a trimestral curriculum.
Review for the board exam may require a few additional months.

Student Practice Teaching


During the 4th year students undergo an intensive Student Teaching
Program both in private and public elementary schools. The Practice
Teaching period is the culmination of the teacher preparation process. Student
teachers are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills
in actual classes.
The number of hours required for the practicum varies from one school to another.

Fields of Concentration
The most common fields of concentration in the BEED program are as follows:

Early Childhood Education an educational program that teaches


children from birth to eight years old (pre-school age) with the main focus of
guiding children learn through play and improving later school performance.

Special Education an educational program that deals with students


who have special needs (such as the physically or mentally disabled) done
through an especially designed set of instructions, support, and services
provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually
designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs.

General Education covers all of the basic information for each subject
in primary education; a field of study that has no specific specialization

English focuses on the foundation of the English language, fundamental


rules in grammar and composition, Childrens literature and reading
comprehension.

Mathematics covers the most basic topics of arithmetic, geometry,


measurements, mathematical operations and expressions and equations.

Science a course of study that involves basic concepts of earth science,


biology and physics; the use of the scientific process is given much
importance in the program

Filipino concentrates on the history and use of the Filipino language;


covers basic concepts on Filipino grammar and understanding Filipino
literature

Social Studies covers Philippine History and Culture, Philippine


geography and important Filipino heroes and icons.

Music, Arts and Physical Education (MAPE) concentrates on Filipino


music and arts, customary dances and historic traditions

Technology and Home Economics (THE) a field of concentration


teaching students livelihood skills, vocational trainings and basic
entrepreneurial skills.

Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)


To be a licensed teacher in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary
Education needs to pass the Licensure Examination for Elementary
Teachers (LET). The examination is conducted by the Board of Professional
Teachers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
Starting 2014, the LET exam will be conducted twice a year in the months of

January and July.


There are two parts in the exam: General Education (40%), Professional Education
(60%) (See source).
To pass the examination an examinee must obtain an average rating of not less
than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests. You can view
the passing rates in the Licensure Exam for Elementary Teachers here.

Teacher Certificate Program


The Teacher Certificate Program (TCP) is a non-degree program designed for
individuals who have completed a Bachelors degree in any field and who intend to
become teachers. TCP is the fastest way to get into the Teaching Profession,
because it requires only 18 units of Professional Education subjects to qualify for
taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
Individuals who complete the PTC are given a certification (NOT a degree or
diploma) that they have completed the 18-unit professional education requirement
to be allowed to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). (See
sources 1, 2, 3)

Career opportunities for BEED graduates


o

Jobs for Licensed Teachers (board exam passers)


Entry Level jobs

Jobs requiring no prior to minimal level of experience:


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Pre-school/Early Childhood teachers teach children


below 8 years old; incorporate lessons through songs, teaching
child development basics such as speech and language, identifying

colors, numbers, shapes and letters, fine and gross motor skills,
and social skills
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Teaching Assistant works alongside teachers to support


learning activities, helps in planning lessons, prepares teaching
materials and leads classes under the direction of the teacher

Substitute Teacher helps students to learn subject matter


and/or skills that are required for scheduled lessons and to provide
meaningful instruction for assigned classrooms in the absence of
the regular classroom teacher

Private Tutor assists students in improving academic


achievement by meeting with them on a regular basis to clarify
learning problems and work on study skills

Subject Teacher a teacher who has no advisory class and


who have one field of expertise; delivers lessons in one subject
area, does not act as full time teacher
Mid-Level Positions

Require trainings and prior job experience of a few years:


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Elementary School teacher responsible for instructing


students in an elementary school from grades 1 to 6; creates lesson
plans, administers praise and constructive criticism, instructs
students on subjects such as science, literature, and math, and
creates a well-rounded, comprehensive instructional program.

Daycare administrator handles all the day-to-day


operations of a children's daycare center; in charge of all aspects of
running the childcare program, including scheduling trainings,
planning educational activities, hiring and managing properly
trained teachers, recruiting new children to the center, handling the
budget, and establishing well-defined policies and procedures.

Special Education teacher works with students who have


a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical
disabilities; adapts general education lessons and teach various

subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild


and moderate disabilities.
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Elementary School Administrator responsible for the


operation and instructional leadership at an elementary school;
trains and supervises staff, sets instructional objectives, and works
to build a rapport with parents.

Subject Head leads, manages, develops, and accountable


for the subject team and the specific subject area

Discipline Officer reports to the Elementary Principal;


assist with the implementation of the school-wide discipline
program and the assigning of consequences for students who fail to
meet the minimum expectations of student behavior.

Assistant Principal responsible for assisting the school


principal in the leadership, coordination, supervision and
management of the school program and operation.

Administrator in the Department of Education, CHED


or TESDA

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BSEd (Bachelor of Secondary Education) in the Philippines


Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) is a four year degree program designed to
prepare students for becoming high school teachers. The program combines both
theory and practice in order to teach students the necessary knowledge and skills a
high school teacher needs. The BSEd program trains students to teach one of the
different learning areas such as English, Mathematics, General Science, Filipino,
Social Studies, Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Music, Arts, Physical
Education and Health (MAPEH) and Home Economics and Livelihood Education.

Subjects and Curriculum


The BSED curriculum contains Professional Education subjects that can be classified
into four major categories:

Theory and Concepts subjects: Child and Adolescent Development,


Social Dimensions of Education

Methods and Strategies subjects: Principles of Teaching, Assessment


of Student Learning

Field Study subjects: Practice Teaching, Field Study

Elective subjects: Teaching Multicultural Classrooms, Integrative


Teaching Strategies.

The first three years of the Bachelor of Secondary Education program are spent in
classroom discussions, oral recitations and role plays. In addition, there is a Majors
Forum, which is a weekly session, wherein students are given opportunities to
review and communicate what they have learned/experienced, be aware of current
issues and trends in education and to discuss matters relevant to teacher education
and the teaching profession.
During the fourth year, students undergo teaching internships in secondary schools
where they are able to act like professional teachers and experience the life in

actual classroom work. This is done under the supervision of the class adviser who
will also conduct periodic evaluation on the assigned student teacher.
Depending on the field of specialization a student chooses, an undergraduate
research paper may be required as a prerequisite for graduation. This is done under
the guidance of a faculty and ends when the student faces a committee to defend
his/her work.

Is teaching a profession?
Teaching is a profession.
A graduate of BSEd who passes the Licensure Examination for Teachers

(LET) is called a Licensed Teacher. The responsibilities of a teacher include


planning, preparing and delivering effective teaching and learning programs for
students in allocated classes and/or groups, establishing and maintaining a
supportive school environment, monitoring, evaluating and reporting student
progress, implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning
outcomes, maintaining records of class attendance and recording student progress
and supervising a range of student activities including support and welfare
programs.

What are the admission requirements for


Bachelor of Secondary Education?
Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the common requirements:
(see sources 1, 2, and 3)

Must be a high school graduate.


Those who did not complete high school education may opt to first attend
Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational
Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college. However, some universities
only offer selected courses for PEPT passers.

High school QPA: some schools require a high school QPA of 80% and
above with no grade less than 75% in all subjects.

College entrance exam: must have a college entrance examination of


above average or depending on the specified rating set by the school.

Teachers Aptitude Test: there are schools that will require students to
take a separate Teachers Aptitude Test.

Interview: must pass the interview conducted by the college / university


admission officer

National Secondary Assessment Test: some schools require a


particular rating in the National Secondary Assessment Test (NSAT).

Qualifying Exam for Math or Science: for students who choose Math
and Science as their specialization, some schools will require them to take a
qualifying exam upon enrollment. In addition to this, they might also be
required to have an average grade of 80 to 85 percent in the two subjects.

What skills, traits and attitude will help you


succeed in this course?
The following are important characteristics that you need to possess to be able to
finish the program and become a good teacher:

Being a good communicator the ability to proficiently speak and write


English and convey information to students that is easy to understand.

Interpersonal skills establishes and maintains positive mutual working


relationships with students, parents and co-workers.

Patience understands student behavior, avoids temper flares and finds


possible solutions to unpleasant situations.

Organization the ability to sort and arrange information in a systematic


order, combine ideas and relay them to the students in a clear, concise, and
logical manner.

Being comfortable in public speaking being able to speak in front of


a class with 30-40 students without losing your concentration and while
keeping calm and composed.

Able to establish authority being a high school or a college level


teacher requires you to establish your authority and acquire the respect of
your students.

How difficult is Bachelor of Secondary


Education?
BSED is a fairly easy course. As long as you have the desire and passion to teach
then everything will be fine. There are no complex subjects integrated in the BSEd
curriculum and the workload is not that heavy. You will also have ample time to
study as the course does not demand too much. The only thing that makes the
course a bit difficult is the fact that it will test your character and patience.
As you go for practice teaching, you will be immersed in different secondary schools
and different types of students as well. These students will have varied personalities
and values; often they may be difficult to understand. Being open minded,
extending ones patience and avoiding biases among students will be the
challenging part of the job.

How long does it take to complete the BSED


program in the Philippines?
The BSED program takes 4 years to complete. The program may also be completed
in less than 4 years for schools who follow a trimestral curriculum.
Review for the board exam may require an additional 4 to 10 months, depending
whether you pass on your first try.

Student Practice Teaching


The last semester of the BSED program is entirely devoted to intensive student
teaching. Practice Teaching is the culmination of the teacher preparation process.
Student teachers are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice
their skills in actual classes.
The practice teaching program is done under the supervision of a faculty member
as well as the advisory teacher. Formal and informal classroom observations are
conducted regularly. Among the requirements of practice teaching are the creation
of plans for classroom management and instruction.
The number of hours required for the practicum varies from one school to another.

Fields of Concentration
The most common fields of concentration in the BSED program are as follows:

English primarily focuses on the development of linguistics, the


structure of the English language and the different types of literature.

Mathematics covers four branches of mathematics namely Advanced


Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Practical Calculus and even biostatistics

General Science a course of study that includes introductory material


for earth science, biology, physics and chemistry.

Filipino concentrates on the history and use of the Filipino language

Social Studies covers Philippine History and Government, Asian


History, Ancient Civilization, World History and economics; it also includes
Philippine geography, political structure, culture, and even problems and
issues concerning the country

Biology a course concerned with the study of life and living organisms,
including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and
taxonomy; the program includes laboratory exercises in a duly recognized
laboratory facility

Physics a course where the field of study involves the study of matter
and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as
energy and force; includes the general analysis of nature, conducted in
order to understand how the universe behaves

Chemistry a course covering the study of the composition, structure,


properties and change of matter; the program includes laboratory exercises
in a duly recognized laboratory facility

Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) studies


Filipino culture and traditions including foreign influences; concentrates on
Filipino music and arts, customary dances and historic traditions

Home Economics and Livelihood Education one of the learning


areas of the Secondary Education Curriculum; its component areas are:
Home Economics, Agri-Fishery Arts, Industrial Arts, and Information and
Communication Technology

Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)


To be a licensed teacher in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary
Education needs to pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). The
examination is conducted by the Board of Professional Teachers under the
supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Starting in 2014,
the LET exam will be conducted twice a year in the months of January and July.
There are three main categories of subjects included in the exam and each category
has its corresponding weight: General Education (20%), Professional Education
(40%) and the field of Specialization (40%). (see source)
To pass the examination an examinee must obtain an average rating of not less
than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests. You can view
the passing rates in the Licensure Exam for Secondary Teachers here.

Teacher Certificate Program


The Teacher Certificate Program (TCP) is a non-degree program designed for
individuals who have completed a Bachelors degree in any field and who intend to
teach at the secondary education level. TCP is the fastest way to get into the
Teaching Profession, because it requires only 18 units of Professional Education
subjects to qualify for taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
Individuals who complete the PTC are given a certification (NOT a degree or
diploma) that they have completed the 18-unit professional education requirement
to be allowed to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). (See
sources 1, 2, 3)

Career Opportunities for BSEd graduates


o

Jobs for Licensed Teachers (board exam passers)


Entry Level jobs

Jobs requiring no prior to minimal level of experience:


o

Teaching Assistant works alongside teachers to support


learning activities, helps in planning lessons, prepares teaching
materials and leads classes under the direction of the teacher

Substitute Teacher helps students to learn subject matter


and/or skills that are required for scheduled lessons and to provide
meaningful instruction for assigned classrooms in the absence of
the regular classroom teacher

Private Tutor assists students in improving academic


achievement by meeting with them on a regular basis to clarify
learning problems and work on study skills

English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher involves


teaching adults and children whose first or main language is not
English.

Subject Teacher teachers who have no advisory class and


who have one field of expertise; delivers lessons in one subject
area, does not act as full time teacher

Volunteer Teachers acts as full time teachers but have


salaries which are lower than permanent teachers paid for by local
city or government
Mid-Level Positions

Require trainings and prior job experience of a few years:


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High School Teacher secondary school teachers teach one


or two national curriculum subjects to pupils aged 11 to 18.

Head Teacher under the direction of the Assistant High


School Principal, assists in overseeing and directing the planning,
organizing, and implementation of education services for students,
in addition to part time classroom teacher duties.

Assistant Principal of a High School the primary job


responsibility is the supervision, discipline, and monitoring of
students; under the direction of the Principal, implements and
enforces school board policies, administrative rules and regulations.
In the absence of the Principal, the Assistant Principal shall assume
the duties and responsibilities of the Principal.

High School Department Head of specific major Head


of English Department, Head of Math Department, etc

College Teacher requires a Masters degree, or at least


being enrolled in a Masters degree program.

College Professor requires a Masters degree

Administrator in the Department of Education, CHED


or TESDA
Advanced Positions

Require years of extensive experience and practice:


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School Supervisors/Superintendents the chief


administrative officer for a certain district; responsible for the
effective operation of the District; for the general administration of
all instructional, business or other operations of the District and for
advising and making recommendations to the Board of Education

High School Principal serves as the educational leader


and chief administrator of the high school, responsible for
implementing and managing the policies, regulations, and
procedures of the Board of Education to ensure that all students are
supervised in a safe child-centered learning environment

Teaching Consultant serves in a consultive/supportive


role with staff, students, parents and representatives from local

districts and community agencies; responsible for coordination,


development and implementation of instructional programs within
assigned areas
Senior Administrator in the Department of Education,

CHED or TESDA
Academic Book Writers educators who became authors

of books used in different school subjects and educational reading


materials
Curriculum Developer works under public educational

agencies such as DepEd and CHED; responsible for designing and


implementing curricula that meets national and institutional
educational standards.

Jobs for Non Board Passers:


Unlike other professions, a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education can
still practice his/her profession even without passing the board examination
for teachers given that they conform with the conditions set by the
Professionalization act of 1994 as well as the rules set by the schools.
(see source)
Many non-board passers teachers hold the same position as board passers.
While in service, they are given a specific timeframe where they should be
able to take the LET and pass the exam to become regular employees.
Depending on the school, non-board passers are not allowed to hold
advanced positions and some mid-level positions unless they pass the board
exam.

Working in the Public Sector vs. the Private Sector


Most high school teachers in the Philippines are employed in the public
sector. Teaching in a public school gives more security of employment than
teaching in a private school. You become an employee of the government,
thus, you are entitled to security of tenure. Barring any legal actions or
unfortunate circumstances that may cause you to be removed or retired

from teaching, you are likely to be a public school teacher until your
retirement. When it comes to the salary, the public system offers more
benefits than the private schools system, except for a few large private
schools.

Jobs not related to the BSED program that


graduates can apply to
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Call center agent answers phone calls and inquiries of clients


and provides customer support, usually to people from other countries

Administrative Staf personnel responsible for the organization


and management of office duties and tasks; positions that include office
secretary, personal assistant and office clerk

Freelancer working online doing online jobs for clients abroad,


such as data entry, article writing, SEO, customer support,
administrative support etc., which mainly depends on your skills

Career Opportunities Abroad


Filipino teachers are highly regarded abroad due to their competence in
academics, especially in teaching the English language. Since many nonEnglish countries are now expanding their curriculum and adding English
language as one of the subjects/courses, Filipino teachers are very in
demand abroad.
Aside from English, instructors for music, pre-school, physical education,
academic subjects and private tutors are highly needed abroad
(see source).
There are countries where you do not need any additional requirements to
become a teacher. However, in some countries, such as the United States a
Teacher Certification for foreign educated teachers is needed. Additional
requirements may also be required depending on the state that you want to
work in (see sources1, 2).

Salary Levels

Salary levels for graduates of Bachelor of Secondary Education will vary


depending on the years of experience and ones rank in the school that
he/she is affiliated.
In the Philippines, a teacher who has 1 to 4 years of teaching experience
has an average salary of P10,000 to P15,000 per month. (see source)

Reviews of Bachelor of Secondary Education


graduates:
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S. C.
Studied Bachelor in Secondary Education
at University Of Caloocan City
Graduated: 2005

About my college education:


Education courses are hard but fascinating. You will get to enjoy it especially
during the On-the-Job training. To become a successful teacher, you must have
the knowledge about your subject matter, patience to students and be
resourceful. You must also learn different teaching styles and creative in
teaching.

My current job:
Customer Service Associate

Am I using what I learned in college:


In my current work, good vocabulary and English communication skills is the
major skills that I am using now. Although my learning is not related to my
current work, I am still planning to pursue a teaching career.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:


Less than a year.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor in Secondary Education:


Being a teacher is a noble profession. As long as there are babies born and
grown, there are students to teach. Once you see the students learned, you will
feel fulfilled and happy. Although, as a teacher, you will not have a high salary,
great benefits are given to public school teachers.
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Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a physical education teacher. Get a
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Physical education teachers instruct students in fitness, and they may also coach sports teams or
teach wellness classes. These teachers may work with students at the preschool through high
school levels in private and public schools, helping them develop physical ability, health awareness
and social skills. A bachelor's degree, state teaching license and internship are typically required for
physical education teachers.

Required
Education

Bachelor's

Other
Requirements

License for public school positions; internship often required

Projected Job
Growth (2012 2022)*

12% for all kindergarten, elementary school and middle


school teachers; 6% for all secondary school teachers, except
special and career or technical education

Median Salary
(2014)**

$39,992 annually for all types of physical education teachers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com.

Physical Education Teacher Educational Requirements


Like all teachers in the U.S., each physical education teacher is required to hold a bachelor's degree
in their field of instruction from a teacher education program. Some colleges and universities
offer Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education programs that prepare students
to teach at the K-12 grade levels. Courses may include kinesiology, exercise physiology, teaching
theory, sports, psychology for teachers, motor skills, evaluation methods, and health instruction.
These programs also incorporate student-teaching internships.

Teacher Licensure
While private school teachers are not required to hold licensure, all public school teachers must be
licensed by the state in which they are employed. Different types of licensure may be granted
depending on grade level or specialty of instruction. Licensing eligibility varies by state; however,
most boards of education require the completion of an approved 4-year teacher education program
with a minimum grade point average. Licensure candidates may then take a licensing exam that
assesses fundamental skills in teaching. Teachers generally must renew licensure every 3-5 years
by earning continuing education credits.

Employment Projections
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of all kindergarten, elementary
school and middle school teachers is expected to increase 12% from 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov). The
BLS further predicts that all secondary school teachers, except special and career or technical
education will see a 6% increase in job opportunities during the same time period. Employment rates
depend on student enrollment numbers, which vary by location. In general, the BLS notes that
prospects are likely to be better in rural and urban schools than in suburban ones.