Confidence, competence, and direction.

The student who graduates with a major in Physical Education will be qualified to work in any K-12 school system in Michigan and some neighboring states. Each individual state requirement should be investigated, however, prior to applying for employment.

Students are prepared professionally and with exceptional skill and knowledge in Physical Education. Upon graduation from CU, students are capable and available to step into the Physical Education classroom with confidence and competence to lead and direct K-12 students in a lifestyle of fitness and leisure time activities.

With the rise of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a variety of other lifestyle related diseases, Physical Education becomes a more viable profession. The opportunity for Physical Educators in today's society has become more important and the need for well-educated, prepared teachers will be the next step in the hiring process of many school systems.

Program Distinctives

Cornerstone University is known for its outstanding academics in Physical Education/Teacher Education. Currently, 95% of our Physical Education graduates from 2010 and 2015 have been hired directly into their field of expertise. Other graduates have gone on to seek further degrees in related fields.

Dr. Marra is a committed Christian who has dedicated her life and career to following Jesus Christ. Everything she does is based on His Word and the work of Jesus Christ in her life. Students who study under Dr. Marra will be trained both academically and spiritually in all their coursework and life experiences.

Our students represent our program well and because of their training here at CU, they receive high marks in the area schools during their intern teaching experiences. The qualified professors in this area understand the needs of students in K-12 schools and the necessity of active lifestyles among all age groups.

Preparing our students with the cutting edge of information and statistics allows us to prepare them for the profession of teaching today's children and teens.

  • Overview

  • Program Details

    • Major Credit Hours: 39 (requires minor)
    • Minor Credit Hours: 25
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Career Opportunities

    Students who major in Physical Education may teach any grade in that discipline. Each individual state requirement should be investigated, however, prior to applying for employment. 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.

  • Student Teacher Placement

    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.

    Degree Completion

    You can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education degree in four years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide to preview the steps required to complete your degree.

Career Outcomes

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.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum and professional education courses, the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education for K-12 degree requires the following classes:

  • BIO-242 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • KIN-211 History and Principles of Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-243 Strategies for Teaching Physical Activities K-12 (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-251 Motor Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-342 Exercise Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-344 Adapted Physical Education K-12 (2 credit hours)
  • KIN-345 Measurement and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-346 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-357 P.E. in Preschools & Elementary Schools (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-359 Physical Education in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-362 First Aid, Injury Prevention and Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-401 Capstone Seminar: Ethics in Teaching Physical Education (2 credit hours)
  • KIN-441 Organization and Administration (3 credit hours)
  • KIN-461 Skills and Performance Competencies (1 credit hour)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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