Why study Physical Education at MC?

If you consider yourself physically active and healthy, and enjoy working with others to educate them on the benefits of being physical active, you will enjoy a career in teaching health/wellness. Students in this program receive a broad foundation in health/wellness/administration. Students in this program are encouraged to choose a minor.

Physical Education/Health with Teacher Licensure

As a physical education/health teacher, you have the opportunity to inspire young students to be physically active and healthy throughout their lifetime. You can play a vital role in the development of a student physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. The healthy behaviors they learn can lead to lifetime wellness and decrease the percentage of individuals who are obese. Our program provides a many experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and the community.


Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Boys & Girls Club
Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation
Mountain Challenge
Special Olympics

Meet a current student

Erid HartEric Hart ’19
Hometown: Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Eric would like to use the knowledge he has gained from being a scholar-athlete to influence children’s lives in a classroom setting. As a four-year member of the Scots Baseball Team, Eric plays behind the plate as a catcher and is a key left-handed hitter. “I chose physical education with teacher licensure because I want children to realize that there is much more to sports than winning and losing,” he said. “I believe sports can help individuals build a strong work ethic and learn how to work and communicate with others. Those skills will help them outside of the classroom setting.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Makayla May Dudley ’16
Currently: Coordinated School Health Specialist and health teacher at Carter Middle School in Knoxville, Tenn.

In her current role at Carter Middle School, Makayla is able to pursue a lifelong goal to promote healthy lifestyles among young people. The former Maryville College cross country athlete also shares her love of being active with her students in additional roles as the head cross-country coach, assistant track coach and assistant basketball coach. “Maryville College taught me that being a teacher is way more than a lesson focused on my content,” she said. “Being a teacher means building relationships with students and finding ways to push them to their full potential. No matter what you teach, there is a shared goal to prepare students for their future.”

Job Placements

Alcoa City Schools
Blount County School System
Memorial Hospital Total Rehab
Blount Memorial Hospital Springbrook
Blount Memorial Hospital
Gold’s Gym
Maryville City Schools
National Fitness Center

Graduate School Placements

Belmont University
East Tennessee State University
Lincoln Memorial University
Tennessee Technological University