Successful completion of the Physical Education - Teacher/Coach major makes a student eligible for K-12 certification for the teaching of physical education in Michigan. Students must complete the education sequence required by the Department of Education and Professional Development including the intern teaching experience. Physical Education major and minor students must serve as a teaching assistant for one semester in a general physical education course during their first 60 hours at Western Michigan University. Students should obtain teaching assistant applications from the HPER Department office to register for this experience. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 60 clock hours of observation and participation in both elementary and secondary public schools as well as an extensive lab experience with exceptional children.
To complete the coaching requirements of this major, students are required to engage in course work leading to MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program Beginning Certification, fulfill extensive field work in coaching special populations and successfully complete a seasonal field internship in a youth sport activity.
Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement
Students who have chosen the Physical Education-Teacher/Coach major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing: