Palm Beach Atlantic University

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April 16, 2014

Physical Education students work with children at Florida's top Christian university.

Physical Education

You like to challenge your body as well as your mind and spirit. You can do that — and go on to rewarding careers in physical education and exercise science fields — through the physical education department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida’s top Christian college. Recent changes in state regulations have created more job opportunities for physical education graduates in elementary and middle schools. And, PBA's physical education program is the only certified program of it's kind offered in South Florida.


Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Your Program
As a student in PBA’s physical education department, you may choose from the following programs:



Your Experience
At PBA, you’ll:

  • Engage in empowering courses, like Physical Education and Exercise Science.
  • Experience an education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective.
  • Engage in hands-on learning through internships — on campus and off.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to teach in schools or through recreational programs.
  • Enjoy a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 19.
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations, like the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport, and participate in PBA's Intramural Sports.
  • Gain preparation for a career as a physical educator, recreation leader or in other related fields.


Physical education classes make good use of the Greene Athletic Complex at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
 The Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation

Your Facilities

The Greene Complex provides outstanding facilities for your education. It includes a fitness center, basketball and racquetball courts and an indoor track and dance studio. You’ll also benefit from the Exercise Physiology Lab where you will learn while caring for other PBA students.

Your Faculty
You’ll learn from professors who have received top awards for teaching and who have real-world experience teaching at all grade levels as well as at other universities. One professor is a certified trainer through Polar Electro, Inc., and has conducted numerous training programs for the company. Another has provided strength and conditioning services to The Bahamas’ national basketball program and Davis Cup tennis teams.

The physical education department’s K–12 degree is approved by the Florida Department of Education. Upon completion, you are eligible to apply for a Florida certificate to teach in grades K–12.


Your Opportunities

You benefit from PBA's partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department and various religious and private schools in the area. You’ll also have internship opportunities at a variety of locations, both on campus and off campus, including:

  • PBA’s Athletic Department
  • PBA’s Fitness Center
  • PGA National Racquet and Spa
  • YMCA of the Palm Beaches
  • Cardinal Newman Athletic Department

Earning a degree in athletic training can prepare you for adapted physical education K-12; working at a college/university (including research); children's fitness; corporate fitness; cruise ship/health club/resort; military; recreation specialist/senior citizens' program; sports camp, school or class; sports club/Intramurals/campus recreation.


Speaking of PBA...

“America is facing an obesity epidemic. Three out of every 10 children are overweight or obese. It has never been a better time to be a physical educator. At PBA, we offer a small family atmosphere and both of our programs are completely certified.”
--Denise Breitkreuz, assistant professor, physical education; coordinator of the physical education program

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
888-GO-TO-PBA 888-468-6722