Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Physical Education (PE) Teacher

Physical education (PE) teachers instruct pupils in learning and improving sports techniques and skills, and other recreational activities.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor's degree + professional registration

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Physical Education (PE) Teacher do?

Physical education (PE) teachers instruct pupils in learning and improving sports techniques and skills, and other recreational activities.


Work activities

As a PE teacher, you would:

  • instruct and supervise school students in sport and other physical fitness activities
  • undertake general teaching tasks
  • prepare lesson plans and warm up routines
  • teach basic skills, techniques and rules across a range of team and individual sports
  • bring in specialist teachers for certain sports
  • change the range of sports and activities taught to include new things
  • continue your training in different sports
  • encourage students to lead a healthy and active life
  • organise and co-ordinate school sports carnivals
  • organise participation in inter-school competitions.

Key skills and interests

To become a PE teacher, you would need:

  • strong physical fitness
  • an interest and knowledge of a wide range of sports
  • the ability to break sports down to teachable elements
  • knowledge of physical education and its impact on young people’s development
  • knowledge of the curriculum applying to the subjects you teach
  • the ability to encourage students of all levels of fitness.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a PE teacher, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. You may be required to work afternoons and weekends for training sessions or sports competitions.


PE teachers work in government, catholic or independent schools. You would also spend time outside of standard teaching hours planning, preparing and assessing activities, and attending parents' evenings and training sessions.

You may require a current drivers' licence to attend events and competitions or transport teams.


How to become an Physical Education (PE) Teacher?

Entry Level Education

To become a PE teacher you either need to complete a 4-year degree, which may be either a combined degree, which includes health and physical education or human movement, and a teaching component, or a degree in a relevant subject such as human movement, followed by an accredited graduate entry teaching qualification.

Minimum standards apply in some States for senior secondary school results, including in English, for applicants wanting to undertake an accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

On successful completion of your degree, you would also need to be accredited by the board of studies in your State.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of PE teachers is projected to grow at about the average for all occupations.

Rising participation in sport at school and in the community generally, as well as the growing interest in professional sport, are likely to increase demand for PE teachers.


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