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College of Education and Human Development

Internship for Current Students

Physical Education - Teacher/Coach - Bachelor of Science



The Department of Human Performance and Health Education provides an articulated curriculum that incorporates effective instruction, extensive professional field experiences in area schools, state of the art technology and academic resources. The goal of providing this type of program is to develop lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge and personal-social attributes to competently assume professional roles in a culturally diverse, highly technical society.

Students may elect an elementary/early education minor to the K-12 Physical Education Teacher-Coach Major, in liu of a secondary education.


The Physical Education program is recognized as an approved program by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.


To apply for admission to the College of Education and Human Development AND the PETE Program,  students must complete the admissions requirements.

Western has adopted an electronic format to host the portfolios of students. In addition, students must attain a “C” or better in HPER 1500, 2400, 2430, 3460, 4470 and 4480.  Each of the courses listed is a pre-requisite for the course(s) that precede it.  Students must re-take pre-requisites in the event a “C” is not earned. 

WMU Academic Policy limits enrollment in a specific class to three separate attempts.  Students are required to apply for intern teaching one full year prior to placement.  All academic requirements must be completed prior to intern teaching.  Students must attain a 2.5 overall GPA and a “C” or better in all required HPHE Department and College of Education and Human Development courses (1500, 2400, 2430, 3460, 4470, 4480, ED 305 and ES 395), provide proof of personal insurance and a negative TB test. 



Successful completion of the physical education - teacher/coach major makes a student eligible for K-12 certification for the teaching of physical education in Michigan.


For class listings, program guides, four and five year suggested degree progression plans and other resources, visit the advising page for the physical education: K-12 teacher/coach major.



Applications are distributed through the Office of Field Placement. All prospective interns must attend an orientation meeting and are interviewed by faculty to review placement procedures and expectations of the intern. Students must hold a valid CPR and first aid certification prior to placement in a school setting. Students are placed and supervised by Health and Physical Education and Recreation personnel. During intern teaching, students enroll in HPER 4100 and 4750. An exit interview is conducted at the conclusion of the semester. Academic counseling is available through the Office of Admissions and Advising and in the department throughout the career of the student.