Physical Education Teacher Education Careers
Physical Education Teacher
Duties: Teach children from 5-18 the importance of physical fitness, and how to engage in healthy behaviors throughout their lifespan. Students who complete the PETE curriculum at Upstate and pass the state's Praxis II exam are certified to teach Physical Education. The curriculum focuses on reflective teaching, learner centered pedagogy, performance-based assessment, commitment to diversity, and professionalism. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education is an important resource and has included the program at Upstate among its recognized programs. Education: B.S., Teacher Certification. Please contact Dr. Kamla to discuss possible options.
Exercise and Sport Science Careers
The Exercise and Sport Science
concentration at USC Upstate prepares students for a variety of fitness and performance-related
careers. This non-teaching certificate degree
includes a choice of 5 minors to enhance your knowledge and provides preparation
for two of the most well-respected certifications in the field. Please contact Dr. Snyder to discuss possible
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Duties: Maximize athletic potential by designing
comprehensive, individualized conditioning programs for year-round improvements
at all levels of sports. The Exercise and Sport Science degree includes a class to prepare students for the NSCA’s
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, which is the most
respected certification in the field. Students may apply to the NSCA for a paid internship with a registered strength coach, including our own Scott Senger. Education:
B.S., Certification. Info: National Strength and Conditioning
Duties: Assist patients in their recovery
from orthopedic injuries. The Exercise
and Sport Science concentration includes a cognate option which allows
prerequisites for Physical Therapy school to count towards the 120 hour degree. Education: Doctor of P.T. Information: www.apta.org.
Fitness Professional/Personal Trainer
Duties: Get results! Design and implement cutting edge exercise
programs that safely and effectively accomplish your clients’ goals. The Exercise and Sport Science Degree prepares
students to take the ACSM’s Health and Fitness Specialist exam, the top
certification in the field. Education: B.S., Certification. Recommended minor: Business Administration.
Supervise exercise programs and lifestyle modification education for
victims of heart disease following surgery or other treatment. An individual choosing to pursue Cardiac
Rehabilitation usually possesses a strong background and interest in Exercise
Physiology. Education: B.S., M.S., Certification.
Info: CACR or the AACVPR: www.aacvpr.org.
Duties: Run the corporate
fitness center. Minimize the bottom line
by educating employees on healthy habits and overseeing exercise programs.
Education: B.S., Certification.
Duties: Push the boundaries of
understanding in the field by asking questions and finding the answers through
research and practice. E.P.’s are employed
in a variety of fitness settings, including universities Education: B.S., M.S, or Ph.D.,
Information: American College of Sports
Duties: Employ a wide
range of knowledge to enhance athletic performance through optimal
nutrition. Master the ins and outs of
sports supplements and use them only when effective and legal. Education: M.S., Registered Dietician. Info: American Dietetic Association. Also check out the website of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.