Student working with children in a phys ed class

The University of Maine at Farmington, partnering with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, offers a Bachelor’s degree program, School Health Education – Physical Education concentration. It combines UMF’s improved School Health Education programming with a specialized concentration in Physical Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The Health Education and other core curriculum coursework take place on the Farmington campus while the Physical Education concentration component is taught online through Presque Isle.

Develop resume-enhancing, real-world experience and skills

And like all UMF Education programs, you’ll also get real-world, hands-on experience teaching youngsters. In your sophomore year, you’ll take a required teaching practicum and in your senior year student, a semester-long student teaching assignment.

Both provide you with practical, resume-enhancing field experiences, placing you in school classrooms — the kinds of experience employers look for.

This program also provides coursework in Physical Education that meet the requirements for State of Maine Physical Education Certification. Phys Ed methods courses are offered remotely (online) by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. UMF graduates of this program could become certified in Physical Education if they pass the appropriate Praxis exams and after one year of teaching Phys Ed. (Graduates of the program would apply for this certification through the Maine Department of Education.)

What kinds of concepts and skills do you learn?

You’ll learn age-appropriate concepts related to health promotion, disease prevention and physical education.

  • How to access valid health information, services, and products to enhance health
  • How family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors affect health
  • The use of interpersonal communication and advocacy skills to enhance personal, family, and community health
  • Decision-making and goal-setting to enhance health
  • Health-enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks
  • Fitness concepts
  • The fundamentals of specialized movement skills
  • Responsible personal behavior and responsible social behavior in physical activity settings

What can I do with a degree in School Health Ed – Physical Education?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

Meet a growing demand in today’s education workforce

According to recent workforce data from all school districts across Maine, there will be approximately 50 physical education openings in the next five years alone.

The needs of rural schools in Maine and elsewhere have changed over the years and teachers prepared to teach school health are frequently required to teach physical education.

Of those who completed UMF’s School Health Education program, 86% have taught or are currently teaching, Health Education. But interestingly, 74% of those currently teaching Health Education are also teaching Physical Education. The dual need is there.

UMF graduates told us they’ve had to enroll in Physical Education coursework from other institutions to meet the additional state licensure requirements for Physical Education teachers.

This UMF / UMPI collaboration allows you to enroll at Farmington, take most of your classes at Farmington and earn a Farmington degree, while you also take the specialized Phys Ed Methods coursework online through UMPI. You never have to leave the Farmington campus.

Farmington Education grads get hired.

According to a 2020 survey of UMF Education graduates over the past three years, 83% of respondents indicated being employed in the field of education, with 85% hired within a year of graduation and 73% employed within four months of graduation.

Overall, 94.3% of respondents indicated they were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with their teacher education preparation at UMF.

This program will prepare you to be eligible for licensure in the State of Maine. Visit the UMaine System State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Save more than $5,500 per year in tuition. This University of Maine at Farmington program qualifies for the NEBHE Tuition Break.

Through the NEBHE Tuition Break program, students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont receive a $5,670 tuition discount on all UMF degree programs.

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Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
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Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
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