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Physical Education, B.S.

The Department of Movement Science serves the diverse pre-professional needs of students who are accepted as majors or minors in physical education. The program is designed for the preparation of teachers, sport leaders, and coaches.

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Program Overview

Physical education majors receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with the emphasis of their choice, including:

  • K-12 professional instruction emphasis
  • Sport leadership emphasis

In addition to a 12-credit certificate in Sport Coaching (available to degree-seeking students), secondary level teachable minors are also available in physical education and school health education.

Why Study Physical Education at Grand Valley?

  • In addition to a strong foundation in liberal arts, the major program provides students with a broad theoretical and conceptual foundation for professional preparation.
  • The combination of the core curriculum plus one or more areas of emphasis is intended to accommodate the diverse professional preparation needs of undergraduate students.
  • Opportunities for students to complete fieldwork, student teaching, and/or internship experiences appropriate for their major and to better prepare them for the professional workplace.
  • Personal attention by faculty in your courses and field experiences in our student oriented, teaching focused program.

Helpful Links

For More Information

Department of Movement Science
4400A KHS
(616) 331-3515


Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The goal of the core curriculum is to provide students with a broad theoretical and conceptual foundation. The curriculum is designed to encourage the examination of the philosophical, historical, psycho-social, scientific, ethical, and legal constructs of the profession.

Career Options

Career opportunities include positions as:

  • Camp directors
  • Coaches
  • Consultants
  • Physical & school health educators
  • Recreational leaders
  • Sport administrators
  • Youth sport activity leaders


“I have been provided with so many resources, and received so many opportunities to help me get started and advance in a career. There's such a good community of professors and students at Grand Valley who have helped instill confidence in me, and helped me feel assured that I’ll be able to succeed after college.”