A career in physical education instills a love for active, healthy lifestyles.
Whether you’re sharing strategies for healthier living in classrooms, hospitals or clinics, or improving outcomes as an administrator or policy maker, you positively influence people’s physical and mental health. As a fitness trainer, you lead, instruct and motivate people of all ages to exercise, strength train and stretch.
At Kean, our students benefit from rich academics and extensive fieldwork that prepare them for certification and outstanding careers as teachers, coaches or fitness professionals. Field experience begins in the second year of study and continues until graduation.
Be prepared to coach, train and play with a physical education degree from Kean.
The physical education program at Kean is full of teachers who love what they are doing. Every class, I fall more in love with my major and cannot wait to spread all of that love and positivity to my future students."
At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.
Recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that jobs in fitness and recreation are among the fastest growing in the nation, and include the following careers:
- Physical education teacher
- Health club manager
- Fitness instructor
- Recreation center director
- Health and wellness coordinator
- Yoga and Pilates instructor
- Community health educator
- Exercise physiologist
- Clinical exercise specialist
- Strength and conditioning coach
Kean physical education graduates are top professionals in education, government, administration, hospitals and clinics, sharing strategies for healthier living.
Exercise science graduates work on health and wellness teams in corporate, clinical, community and commercial environments researching health behaviors and risk factors, conducting assessments, designing remediation programs, and motivating individuals to make healthy choices to improve their well-being.
Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Average class size at Kean
Less debt than the national average for college grads
"My professors made coming to class fun and enjoyable! I learned more than I could imagine while still maintaining my dance career. Everything I learned within this program has also shaped me into a better student and fitness professional."
Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.
CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
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