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J Athl Train. 1995 Oct-Dec; 30(4): 349–351.
PMCID: PMC1318008

Teacher Certification Among Athletic Training Students

Neil Curtis, EdD, ATC


Researchers have reported that athletic training students who earn teacher certification enhance their job marketability. The purpose of this study was to determine the number of athletic training students who pursue teacher certification. A survey was mailed to the directors of the 78 NATA undergraduate programs in 1992. Data from the returned surveys showed that 177 of the 703 expected graduates in 1992 and 148 of the 640 graduates in 1991 pursued teacher certification. The most common teacher certification subject area was Physical Education, followed by Health, and Science or Biology. These students should expect to take an additional 1.6 semesters (range 0 to 4) to complete teacher certification requirements. Program directors cited increased job opportunities as the main advantage, and increased time in school and financial burden as the main disadvantages of pursuing teacher certification. Although the potential for high school jobs seems enormous, there is little indication that high schools are increasingly hiring athletic trainers. Formal counseling and advising for athletic training students regarding teacher certification and job opportunities should occur in the first year of study. Additional research should assess the job market.

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  • Sexton J, Miles H, Schmoldt K. Job marketability survey for athletic trainers in selected midwestern States. J Athl Train. 1994 Sep;29(3):208–212. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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