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Physical and Health Education

In this program you'll learn about human movement. And you'll learn what it takes to be a physical and health education teacher. 

Potential careers

What can you do with a physical and health education degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • physical and health education teacher
  • middle school teacher
  • elementary school teacher
  • teaching abroad
  • school administrator
  • physical education school district advisor
  • health education school district advisor
  • professional sports coach
  • recreational sports coach
  • personal trainer
  • fitness or wellness coordinator
  • outdoor programmer
  • camp leader or director
  • athletic coach
  • community support professional
  • recreation programmer for adults
  • community recreation coordinator
  • educational policy analyst
  • facilities supervisor
  • physical therapist
  • sport pedagogy researcher
  • adaptive physical activity researcher
  • physical activity and health research
  • life coach

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training.

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the physical and health education program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here is a professional association related to physical and health education: 

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the physical and health education program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Course-based experiences

EPHE 104 - Special Activity
Take part in a variety of physical activities not offered in other EPHE courses

EPHE 105 - Swimming
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 106 - Track and Field
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPH E107 - Gymnastics
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 109 - Dance
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert dance instructor

EPHE 113 - Golf
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 116 - Badminton
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 117 - Tennis
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 120 - Basketball
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 121 - Soccer
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 122 - Volleyball
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 123 - Rugby
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 124 - Field Hockey
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 126 - Orienteering
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 133 - Strength Training
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert coach

EPHE 134 - Yoga
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert instructor

EPHE 137 - Experiential Outdoor Education
Develop your skills and knowledge as you learn from an expert educator

EPHE 142 - Personal Health, Wellness and Potential
Complete a Personal Lifestyle Change project.

Community experiences

EPHE 345 - Health Education for Children and Youth
Teach children in after school programs

EPHE 350 - Children and Youth with Special Needs in Physical Activities
Volunteer with the Special Olympics program for children aged 2 – 6

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the physical and health education program.

Field of practice and body of knowledge

  • analyze historical, philosophical and sociological aspects of education
  • understand health promotion, play, sport and leisure
  • understand recreation, physical activity and physical education
  • use research and professional information to update practices

Technical expertise

  • identify unintended and intended effects of educational thought and practice 
  • understand a range of topics, trends and curricular innovations related to physical education
  •  use research, data collection and analysis techniques

Working with special needs

  • work with children and youth with learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder and autism
  • understand the unique attributes of learners
  • appreciate that all children and youth should be treated and assessed as individuals
  • understand human development and motor behaviour
  • understand BC Ministry of Education policies on special education
  • understand the history and philosophy related to special and adapted physical education
  • design and plan learning activities.
  • understand interdisciplinary cooperation

Health education

  • facilitate positive youth development and healthy behaviours by youth.
  • understand the history, philosophies and ethics associated with health education
  • understand social and emotional learning  
  • lead learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health
  • access valid information, products and services to enhance health 
  • understand the scope and role of health educators

Instructional techniques

  • teach net or wall games such as tennis, squash, pickle-ball and badminton
  • teach target games such as modified golf and disc golf
  • teach gymnastics, track and field, yoga, dance and fitness training programs
  • use a variety of instructional techniques, strategies and models
  • design effective learning experiences
  • identify and use essential components of teaching styles and models of instructions
  • plan instruction at the unit, lesson and skill demonstration level

Management skills 

  • manage the learning environment
  • identify safety concerns and use safe practices
  • organize a class of students in a physical space for effective instruction
  • promote student academic learning time

What's next?

To explore more visit the physical and health education site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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