Degree: Bachelor of Arts
What can I do with this major?
Students who major in Physical Education may teach any grade in that discipline. There are many opportunities outside of the classroom as well such as home school organizations who request a certified Physical Education teacher. Other areas may include: fitness centers, specific classes in community education, camp organization and general recreation departments. Although the major is specifically for educational systems, the student who majors in Physical Education has a variety of other areas to serve as well due to their expertise in the field.
What are some interesting classes offered in this major?
Classes become more interesting to the PE major when they become specifically targeted to teaching. Classes such as Pre K - 6 Physical Education methods and also 7-12 Physical Education method courses are both valuable and interesting to the major. The History and Principles of Physical Education also brings the student full circle with the history of athletics and organized Physical Education as well as information regarding Title IX.
What internships or partnerships are available with this program?
Students follow the professional education program required for secondary education and will have an elementary and secondary student teaching experience in the West Michigan area.
What are grads doing now?
Many of our graduates are teaching in Michigan in the field of Physical Education. Some have chosen to go on for a post-graduate degree in the area of Sports Management and/or Athletic Administration. Others are waiting for the Lord to open up a job in their specified location, not wanting to leave the state for employment.