Secondary teaching – physical education
In NSW prospective secondary school teachers of physical education referred to officially as personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) can usually qualify to teach that subject exclusively. People who are interested in a career teaching PDHPE would normally be required to complete university studies in all of the following:
- health education
- physical (human-movement) education
- education as a social science
- professional and curriculum studies (teaching methodology) in PDHPE
- other studies in the faculties of Arts, Science, or Economics and Business
The University does not offer a course for people who already hold first degrees in related disciplines and are seeking to append these with a graduate-entry degree that will allow them to teach PDHPE.
Recommended studies for HSC students
The undergraduate degree for high-school students who are contemplating a career in teaching PDHPE typically requires four-years' full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) and results in the award of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Human Movement and Health Education).
Although no prerequisites exist for programs resulting in PDHPE-teacher accreditation, Year 10 students who are hoping to pursue PDHPE teaching as a career and who are about to choose their HSC subjects would benefit from studying PDHPE and biology.