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Health and Physical Education, B.S.

Health and physical educators are certified teachers for preschool through 12th grade students. The degree offers a variety of experiences with students in school settings. Graduates are prepared to be leaders in their field, positively impacting communities.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education reflects the national Society of Health and Physical Educators standards. The program provides high-impact experiences for students to become qualified educators.

Why Study Health and Physical Education at Grand Valley?

  • In addition to a strong foundation in liberal arts, the program provides students with a broad theoretical and conceptual foundation for professional teacher preparation.
  • Faculty members provide personal attention in courses and field experiences in student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
  • There are opportunities for fieldwork and student teaching experiences in diverse settings within the State of Michigan.
  • Faculty and students travel to state and national conventions to engage with the professional communities of health and physical education.
  • Graduates experience a consistently high pass rate for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


  • Early childhood movement
  • Health and fitness concepts
  • Rhythms and dance
  • Teaching students with disabilities
  • Outdoor education
  • Reproductive health
  • Teaching sports skills
  • Fieldwork with PreK through 12th grade students

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Movement Science

Tess Armstrong, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
4411 Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-3515
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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