About OU's Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education (Kansas)
Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education (BAPE) degree program in Kansas trains prospective teachers to be sensitive and compassionate to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of a diverse adolescent student population. Students develop critical thinking skills through an analysis of educational history; philosophy and psychology; measurement and evaluation of learning; and classroom management; as well as gaining an awareness of cultural diversity and the social and political contexts of education.
Ottawa’s BAPE degree in Kansas provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become an effective educator. Students will participate in student teaching and gain a foundation in today’s educational methods as you work towards your teaching license. This program is based on state, regional, and national licensure criteria and testing competencies. Specific subject-matter courses, developed in collaboration with lead faculty in the discipline, build connections between theory and practice. Preparations in the subject major along with education courses, including field experiences, assist in leading to licensure.
The BAPE curriculum prepares students to teach at PreK-12 levels. It focuses on theoretical education in the philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research. Furthermore, the curriculum challenges students to apply this knowledge in real-world, professional settings with diverse groups of people. The program is state approved in Kansas and is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP). The requirements outlined meet licensure standards for the state of Kansas. Completion of this program does not guarantee licensure or certification in other states.
Career Outlook for B.A. in Physical Education
The top career path for BAPE graduates is to become a Phys Ed teacher. Other potential employment opportunities include coach, personal trainer, sports nutritionist, health club/resorts manager and community recreation organizer. There are currently an estimated 20,600 physical education teachers in the United States. The physical education teacher job market is expected to grow by 9.7 percent through 2026.
According to Career Explorer, the median annual wage for physical education teachers was $62,700 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,900, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $119,600. The median annual wage for alternative career path of personal trainer was $48,440 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,470.
Perspective on the BAPE
Physical education teachers, commonly known as Phys Ed or P.E. teachers, are responsible for the education of primary and secondary school students in physical activity and psychomotor learning. The physical education class was once little more than an organized recess; however, physical education teachers now engage students in much more than game play. Recent developments have steered the physical education curriculum towards the goal of overall wellness and teachers now incorporate health and nutrition topics into their classes. – CareerExplorer.com
For curriculum and course descriptions, please visit the online course catalog.
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