FAQs on Physical Education

Why should I choose Husson to prepare me for a career in the field of education?

At Husson, we believe that adequately equipping children for the future requires guidance from incredibly dedicated, competent, and influential teachers. These individuals must show patience and enthusiasm while maintaining high performance standards for themselves and the students they teach. Each day, they have the opportunity to motivate children to embrace the love of learning. Husson seeks Education students who, themselves, are passionate learners and want to inspire children in areas of physical fitness and health.

What is the emphasis of the Physical Education major?

Physical Education program prepares you to effectively teach grade-level and adaptive classes in K-12 schools. You will learn how to address students' health and physical fitness while emphasizing habits of a lifelong healthy lifestyle. The program helps you understand the dynamics of personal health, athletics and recreational activities. As a future physical educator, your program emphasizes the elements of physical education and guides you in how to plan for instruction at varying student ages and ability levels.

What does it take to become a successful physical education teacher?

Physical educators should have a strong commitment to habits of personal health and physical fitness as well as an interest in many different athletic activities. These individuals are usually able to motivate others and promote sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal pride. They must be able to demonstrate patience and enthusiasm when working with students, as well as good organizational skills.

How will I know if teaching is the right career for me?

This is always an important question to be thinking about, as the choice to teach is a serious, but exciting, decision. As you begin your program at Husson, you will be involved in courses, such as Philosophy of Education, that encourage you to reflect and consider genuine issues in the field of education. Also, scheduled field experiences in school settings will allow you times for observing and interacting with teachers and students. You will start to see school experiences with a different lens, that of a teacher. Be prepared to ask specific questions to ensure that your decision to become a teacher will be an informed and carefully-considered one.

If I major in Physical Education, what are my career options?

Although school districts are the most likely employers of individuals with this major, you would not be limited to this arena. You could also coach in a health facility such as the YMCA, fitness industries, boys and girls clubs, and recreation areas.

Will Maine state requirements for becoming a certified secondary teacher be fulfilled once I complete the program?

The Maine Department of Education requires coursework and internship experiences which are satisfied by our Husson program requirements leading to Endorsement 510: Physical Education. Initially, a two-year Provisional certificate is awarded once you have successfully passed the Praxis I and Praxis II and have a background check and mandatory fingerprinting. You can visit Maine's Department of Education website for further information. Students interested in becoming certified in another state would need to check the specific requirements particular to that state, as laws and regulations vary.


What is a provisional teaching certificate?

In Maine, new teachers initially receive a two-year, temporary certification, known as a Provisional certificate. Once you become employed, you work with a local mentor or Certification Support Team. During the two years, you must complete a individualized Teacher Action Plan. If you receive the recommendation of the local Certification Support System, you may advance to the next kind of certification -- a Professional certificate renewable every five years. Of course, continuous professional development is expected of all educational professionals.


What is the difference between an endorsement and certification?

Certification is a person's license to be an educator. Endorsement is the specific area(s) you are qualified to teach (i.e. secondary education life science, elementary K-8, special education, music education, etc.), which is named on your certificate.

What are the PRAXIS exams?

This is a national test you must pass in order to become a certified teacher. All but a few states require it (Maine requires it) as part of your licensing. At Husson, we require our students to successfully pass the Praxis I and II prior to their student teaching experiences. The Praxis I exams focus upon the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. The Praxis II exam is content based and will cover the coursework you will take in your physical education courses. You can get more information about this test from your advisor or at the Educational Testing Service website.

Why are the field experiences, including student teaching, so important in my program?

Field experiences are arranged with area schools which have agreed to host School of Education students. The placements are coordinated through the School of Education by the Clinical Placement Director. You will begin to learn the professional realities of day-to-day teaching by observing and participating in your field experiences. You also gain a sense of behind-the-scenes preparation, responsiveness, and decision-making that is necessary throughout a school day. Early in your program, your field experiences may help you to better solidify your commitment to pursuing a career in physical education. You will broaden your range of instructional and group management techniques as you see them modeled and discuss them with teachers and throughout your coursework.

What is the average starting salary for a teacher?

In Maine, the average annual salary of an entering secondary teacher is around $30,000, plus benefits. District salary scales ensure incremental increases with each additional year of experience.

If I have questions and concerns during the completion of my program, what steps should I take?

You will find answers to many common questions in our Student Handbook or at our website. During the program, part of your advisor's role is to answer program questions, discuss your personal concerns, and actively work to problem-solve any issues.