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.
As a student in PBA’s physical education department, you may choose from the following programs:
At PBA, you’ll:
|The Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation|
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.
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.|
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:
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