Not decided on a major yet? Data estimate that 30 percent of Maine’s teachers are eligible to retire in the next five years, and more than 70 physical education teaching positions will be available.
Facing the future shortage, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is providing a couple of different options in the physical education program to support all people who are interesting in the physical area: non-teaching careers in fitness, wellness and even recreation. Also, the physical education program prepares for future careers’ direction: physical education teacher, health educator, personal trainer, community recreation specialist and wellness coach. Adding the minor in physical education is also another option that is good for making your resume stand out from the crowd.
The university’s fitness and wellness facility, Gentile Hall, and diverse physical equipment help support 20-50 related professional majors every year, depending on enrollments. It contains an indoor pool, jogging track, climbing wall, fitness center and a multipurpose gym. Also, the gym floor contains lined courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, team handball and 1-wall racquetball.
Three professionals help UMPI give physical education students the greatest support and care: Alan D Gordon, lecturer of physical education, head men’s soccer coach, athletic compliance officer; Leo L Saucier, coordinator of physical education; Christine L Standefer, adjunct faculty. “We encourage all people to join in our physical education family. It’s good for a future career. Also, it always is a good lifestyle,” Leo said.