Below is a list of frequently asked questions by students that we have compiled and provided answers to.
Do I need a minor as a Physical Education major?
Yes, all teacher preparation students must have a teachable major and minor.
Is there a specific order I need to take classes in the Physical Education program?
Absolutely, take the 200 level courses in the major first and then the 300 level courses. Knowledge from the 200 level classes will be needed to be successful in PED306 and PED307- it is best to take PED306 before PED307.
Can I take ANY MOV309 class?
No, there is a specific section of MOV309 – Measurement and Evaluation for physical education teachers. The content taught is directly related to the NASPE standards as well as content for the MTTC test.
How do I know if my SAT score is high enough to get into the College of Education?
The SAT required to enter the COE is 480 or higher for the Reading and Writing section and 530 or higher in Mathematics. If you have not achieved those scores, you will need to retake the SAT in order to achieve those scores. BOTH sections must be passed to enter the COE. There are many online study guides to help you. This should be done as soon as possible as you will not be able to Student Teach without these scores. If you have taken the ACT (prior to October 2017), speak with your academic advisor to determine a passing score!
How can I complete 25 hours of experience needed to apply to the College of Education?
Within our major, students have observation/volunteer hours required for specific classes: 10 hours each for PED202, PED306 and PED307 for a total of 30 hours.
How many Skill Development Activity Classes do I need to complete?
Four Skill Development Activity Classes PLUS swimming for a total of five. You can complete Lifeguarding or Water Safety Instructor at GVSU to replace the swimming requirement (please note that swimming of some sort is ABSOLUTELY required).
Do I need to complete the Fitnessgram each year?
Yes, this criterion referenced fitness test is required for our Physical Education certification. Each year you are enrolled (including teacher assisting and student teaching) you must complete the test. If you are injured, please contact your faculty advisor.
Should I attend professional conferences?
Absolutely, our students attend both SHAPE Michigan and SHAPE (our national organization). The state conference is a great place to attend or present nor is it very expensive. This conference is designed for teachers (your future profession) and provides the opportunity to network. The national conference is also a great chance to present and to meet students from around the country!
Can I coach or work while in school?
Yes BUT we do have some courses that are ONLY offered in the afternoon and evenings, speak to your faculty advisor to determine those classes!
Will I get a job with a Physical Education teaching degree?
Absolutely, our students have been incredibly successful in acquiring jobs in Michigan and out of state (including Arizona, Utah and Wyoming).
When should I take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)?
All students who plan to earn a Michigan teaching certificate must take the MTTC in their major and minors. This ensures each certified teacher has the necessary professional readiness and content knowledge. Students who are most successful take the exam either during Teacher Assisting or Student Teaching. Official results MUST be sent to GVSU. The Physical Education exam is 044 and School Health Education is 043.