Western Michigan University's physical education teacher/coach program incorporates effective instruction and extensive professional field experiences with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources to develop highly competent teachers and coaches who make a difference in the lives of K-12 students through physical activity.
As a physical education student at WMU, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and personal and social attributes to competently assume a professional role in a culturally diverse, highly technical society. Upon successful completion of all coursework, you will earn Coaches Advancement Program Level 2 status, which is recognized by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
This program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
As a future physical educator, you will actively participate in more than 50 contact hours in practica set, primarily in local public schools. Practica requirements focus on observing, assisting and teaching K-12 learners. In addition, class-based practical experiences are offered in different courses across the program, culminating in a student-teaching experience during your final semester.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in physical education are working as:
- Physical education teachers
- Activities specialists and directors
- Personal trainers
- Youth and sports camp directors
- Strength and conditioning coaches
- Sports coaches and managers
- YMCA directors
- Health and fitness consultants
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Community organizations
- Hospitals and health care groups
- Youth and sports camps
- Gyms and fitness centers