At UCE we strive to develop Physical Education teachers who will serve as the facilitators of physical education programs and who will also play a role in the design and implementation of those programs. Physical Educators have the goal of providing students with quality physical education that promotes physical fitness not only in the school setting, but also in students’ daily lives. We train our PE teachers to adjust their curricula to adapt to children with disabilities or different physical abilities. Some PE teachers advance to coach sports teams.
At UCE we encourage PE teachers to 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. In addition to students, they interact with parents, other teachers and school administrators.
Besides preparing our students to become professional educators in Physical education, partaking in sports benefits them in a number of ways. The fitness level of athletes in college sports programs cannot be underestimated. Study on female athletes found that when female students are given more opportunity to participate in athletics at college, their weight and body mass improve. Our experience has also taught us that student athletes are less likely to participate in unhealthy or risky behavior when they are playing sports at UCE.
Students who participate in sports learn the benefit of representing their community on the field or court. These athletes learn the fun of team rivalries and revel in the praise of a job well done for their college. This feeling of community and the honor of representing the home team may run over into national athletics if the student advances in his sport as well.