4. Physical Education Teachers

An important component of quality health and physical education instruction is that content is taught by a certified health and physical education specialist.

Key Findings:

  • Physical education at all grade levels is most often taught by a dually certified health and physical education specialist.
  • 22% of K-6 instruction in physical education is provided by a non certified health & physical education specialist.

Table 4.1 Teachers of Physical Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters (Number of Teachers)

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach physical education. Table 4.1 represents the average number of the types of physical education teachers in each grade level.

Note: The total valid number of responses vary for each grade level cluster. Total valid responses are 1430, 1425, 1444, 736 and 449 for K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12 respectively.
Figure 4.2a Teachers of Physical Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach physical education. Figure 4.2a represents the average percentage of the types of physical education teachers in the total valid responses for each grade level.


Table 4.2 Teachers of Physical Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach physical education. Table 4.2 represents the average percentage of the types of physical education teachers in each grade level.

Note: Since it is multiple selection question, the total percentage is more than 100 for each grade level cluster.





THE CALL TO ACTION

NJAHPERD advocates that quality physical education should be taught by a certified health and physical education teacher.

NJAHPERD is committed to collaborating with the classroom teacher and other staff to support quality physical education and physical activity in schools. Strategies are being developed to provide resources to the classroom teacher that supplement, support and reinforce skills learned in physical education class.

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