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    Prior Learning Assessment

    New CEHD initiative awards credit for prior learning.

  • Earn a free combined certificate in Adapted Physical Education and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports with a master's degree fully online.

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    Sport management students help create homecoming experience.

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    Rachel Dykstra, doctoral student, in exercise science class.

  • Dr. Nicholas Hanson in exercise science lab

    Dr. Nicholas Hanson's exercise science lab.

The College of Education and Human Development's Department of Human Performance and Health Education (HPHE) is ready to help you find and pursue your passion. With the support of our dedicated faculty and global student body, you will develop the skills to thrive personally and professionally. We offer experience-based learning that will prepare you for a successful, meaningful career.

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New programs

HPHE offering three new programs.


Study abroad

Discover Croatia and Venice, Italy: Educational System, Sport and Culture

This three credit virtual study abroad experience will occur online in Summer I over the course of three weeks, with no required travel. The course is open to all majors at WMU. This format offers students a more financially affordable option to engage in a study abroad experience during the current Covid-19 pandemic . Learn more.

Summer I (June 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021, Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
3 credits
Contact Dr. Vidic for more information.

Scholarships are available.

Education and Health in China and Korea

Summer II
3 credits
The professor uses his own grant to offer $200.00 scholarship for the student who takes the class in this Summer II. Other WMU scholarships are available. Learn more.
Contact Dr. Sangwoo Lee for more information.


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    Each year, faculty members from across the University select the most outstanding senior in their various academic schools, departments and programs to represent their units as a WMU Presidential Scholar. This year, 50 scholars were chosen from a senior class of 5,082 students.
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    KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Committed to making learning accessible and affordable, Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) announced a new academic initiative, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Opportunities. Students may now apply for potential credit for their prior knowledge and experiences for various programs within CEHD. This is a great opportunity for nontraditional students to showcase their prior learning experiences and fast-track their degree program.

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    Taylor Gaines, whose family experienced stretches of homelessness growing up, is excited to put what she's learned at Western into practice. She has dreams of becoming a physical therapist and opening a clinic to help patients who can't otherwise afford care. "I just care a lot about people, how I can better the community. Seeing the stuff that I've been through just made me want to do better for other people," she says.