Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • Brownsburg, IN, USA
  • Salary
  • Part Time

Degree Level

Bachelor's degree

Degree Field(s)


Licensure/Certification: Indiana teacher license


1-3 years

Key Skills

Strong speaking and listening skills; ability to teach and demonstrate activities; ability to observe students and maintain order

Physical education teachers help children develop physical abilities and healthy habits that can last for the rest of their lives. A physical education job description varies at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels, but important elements of the job include keeping students safe and healthy as they remain active and teaching students based on their ability levels. Becoming a physical education teacher generally entails completion of a bachelor's degree program and state licensure. Internship experience is also usually required.


A gym teacher job description is more involved than some people might expect. Physical education (PE) teachers organize games and challenges that promote physical activity among children and young adults from kindergarten to 8th grade. Their goal is to develop motor skills and physical development among younger children and proper exercise and eating habits among older children. The job description of a PE teacher sometimes includes organizing and managing team sports, particularly at the elementary school level. PE teachers must also adjust their curricula to adapt to children with disabilities or different physical abilities in order to create a positive experience for all students.

Like all instructors, PE teachers must have strong speaking and listening skills. Besides being knowledgeable about an activity, they need to be able to communicate and demonstrate it properly. PE teachers must be able to observe all their students and maintain discipline within the class. A physical education teacher job description may also include interacting with parents, other teachers, and school administrators and creating progress reports for students.

Elementary school gym teachers need to be able to work with very young children. This means that they need to develop games and activities that are relatively simple and easy for their students to understand. Elementary school gym classes tend to have a greater focus on games and playing rather than regimented exercise, and incorporating students' interests and learning objectives into physical education classes can be a great help for students who are kinesthetic learners. A description of PE teacher attributes at the elementary level include: friendliness, approachability, high energy, and an ability to create innovative games and activities.

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