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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorCarl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness

Senior Administrative AssistantJoshua Nichols
850.769.1551 ext. 3831

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Physical Education, AA

Do You Have a Passion for Physical Education?

 Would you like to educate young people about physical fitness, exercise, and general health?  If you’re interested in becoming an educator and instructing students about physical fitness, Gulf Coast State College can you help you prepare for a career in physical education.

 The purpose of this transfer track is to prepare you for a career in teaching physical education in grades K ‐ 12 or other related fields such as sports business specialization, fitness management specialization, coaching specialization, and athletic training specialization. You are encouraged to be familiar with the admissions requirements at the university you plan to attend. You may have additional requirements for admission to a teacher‐preparatory program. Please contact a GCSC adviser or the transfer institution for further guidance.

 The state of Florida requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement prior to students entering the classroom for observations. The college requires the submission of written verification of approved and completed background checks before students may complete on‐site course requirements. Student doing observations in school systems must go to the district in which they will do their observations and comply with the requirements of that system. The students will be required to pay a fee for the cost of the background check.

Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for high school teachers was $57,200  in May 2015 and $54,500 for kindergarten and elementary teachers in May 2015. 

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Physical Education Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
Physical Science
BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I
Behavioral Sciences
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab
HLP1081, Wellness
BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab
PEN or PEM Activity Classes
Select 6 hours:


What can you do with Physical Education Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Athletic Director
College Professor
Fitness Instructor
Health/wellness teacher

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Jacksonville University
University of Miami
Florida State University
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Are you ready to get started?

Apply to  GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.