State law recommends newly hired staff who teach PE be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.
Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1- .02 Regulations Governing Public Schools.
- Providing a properly certified physical education teacher as specified in the certification Subject and Personnel Codes.
Alabama Course of Study: Physical Education Certified Physical Education Teacher Required
Daily physical education classes for all students in Grades K-8 must be taught or supervised by teachers certified in physical education (Alabama State Board of Education Resolution F-17, February 1984). All elementary physical education classes must be taught by or under the supervision of one of the following certified personnel:
- A certified physical education teacher employed to teach physical education,
- An aide employed to provide instruction in physical education while under the supervision of a certified physical education teacher, or
- A classroom teacher certified to teach physical education only to their own students.