How to Become a PE Teacher in Utah

Find out what is required by the Utah State Board of Education for future physical education (PE) teachers. Here, learn how to pursue a degree, which exam to take, and what the application process is like.

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The state of Utah is expecting to add 50,000 new students in the next five years, so teachers are needed to accommodate that growth. Those interested in teaching physical education can become certified and find placement in the state with the age group they would like to work with.

Utah Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Utah (2017)* $54,750 (Elementary), $56,090 (Middle), $55,540 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Physical Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Pursuing a degree in physical education is the first step for all future PE teachers in Utah. There are several programs that will prepare students for the demands of teaching, and all of them include a student teaching internship to allow students to get hands-on experience. Every preparation program has different application requirements, so students should consult a counselor or speak with a representative from the school in question prior to picking the program. Once a student has chosen the program, he or she will be expected to complete courses in education and physical education specifically. The required courses will vary, though most will include classes like:

  • Exercise Programming
  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Special Populations in Physical Education

Depending on the age group students hope to work with, there will be a course relevant to teaching that demographic. For instance, students hoping to teach in secondary education will likely take a course in physical education in secondary school.

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Step 2: Take the Required Praxis Test

Once all schooling is complete, teachers can take the Physical Education: Content Knowledge exam. This Praxis test requires a passing score of at least 152. It is 2 hours long and made up of 120 questions, all of which are multiple-choice. The test covers topics from content knowledge to planning, collaboration, and even technology in the classroom. The test is available on the computer and can be taken at Praxis testing sites around the state.

Step 3: Turn in the Teaching Certification Application

After Praxis testing is finished, teachers are free to begin the application process through Utah's online Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) tool. This starts by filling out an application and completing a Utah State Board of Education background check online. Teachers will also complete an Educator Ethics Review online before submitting all official transcripts and Praxis scores.

Praxis Preparation Resources for Future Utah Teachers

Praxis testing is an important piece of the application process since it demonstrates a student's knowledge of physical education. Get started studying with the resources below and prepare for the Physical Education: Content Knowledge exam with sample questions from the study guide.

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