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Health and Physical Education, B.S.

Health and physical educators are certified teachers for preschool through grade 12 students. This degree offers you a variety of experiences with students in school settings. You will leave this program as a leader in the field, positively impacting communities.

Visit the program website for more information.

Available as a minor.
Secondary education minor offered.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in health and physical education reflects the national Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) standards. The program provides high impact experiences for you to become qualified educators.

Health and Physical Education Majors Club

You are encouraged to be involved in both on and off campus activities, including membership in the health and physical education majors club. The club provides you with opportunities to network and develop a community of peers. You have the opportunity to regularly attend local, state, and national conferences in addition to participating in social activities.

Why Study Health and Physical Education at Grand Valley?

  • In addition to a strong foundation in liberal arts, the major program provides you with a broad theoretical and conceptual foundation for professional teacher preparation.
  • Personal attention by faculty in all your courses and field experiences in student oriented, teaching focused program.
  • Fieldwork and student teaching experiences in diverse settings within the state of Michigan.
  • Faculty and students travel to state and national conventions on an annual basis to engage with the professional communities of health and physical education.
  • Consistently high pass rate for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

Location & Format

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

Format:
  • Face To Face

Coursework

  • 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

Career Options

You will be prepared to become a certified PreK - 12th health and physical education teacher in all school settings.

Other career opportunities include:

  • Camp directors
  • Recreation leaders
  • Youth sport activity leaders
  • Community health educators

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Skills Employers Want

The B.S. in Health and Physical Education at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Lesson Planning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teaching
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Classroom Management

Source: EMSI, 2020

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Movement Science

gvsu.edu/physicaleducation
4400A KHS
(616) 331-3515

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

 

“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.”

SYDNEY KILMARTIN
PHYSICAL EDUCATION MAJOR