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 course work 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

  • Career Options

    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.

    Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

  • Real-World Experience

    Here, 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this hands-on opportunity helps you explore your vocation and gain the practical experience necessary for career success.

    With support from campus resources such as the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students have landed internships at organizations such as:

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    Marketable Expertise

    Cornerstone graduates are influencers in their work, neighborhoods and world for Christ. You can find them building lives that matter in West Michigan and countries around the world.

    Because of their broad knowledge base, major-specific skills and servant leadership qualities, they've contributed value to teams at:

    • Caledonia Community Schools
    • For the Kidz Gymnastics
    • Holland Christian High School
    • West Ottawa Public Schools