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Physical Education Degree at Western Michigan University (WMU)

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Physical Education Degree

The physical education program at Western Michigan University prepares students for careers teaching physical education in elementary, middle, or secondary school. The program focuses on planning and implementing a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national standards. Program courses include: personal health and wellness, foundation of movement and motor activities, biology, prevention and care of athletic injuries, and individual and team sports skills. Get more details below including other Michigan colleges that offer physical education degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Physical Education Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. WMU has offered the following program levels for students:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Students by Academic Level (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Bachelor's Degree27
    Master's Degree4

    Students by Gender (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Male22
    Female9

    Students by Race (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    American Indian1
    Asian1
    White29

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Physical Education program at Western Michigan University, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

  • Description:

    Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, middle school teachers, except special and vocational education employment is expected to grow at a rate of 16.9% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
      • Total Employment: 470
      • Average Annual Salary: $56,700

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

  • Description:

    Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.9% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
      • Total Employment: 760
      • Average Annual Salary: $49,710

Coaches and Scouts

  • Description:

    Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, coaches and scouts employment is expected to grow at a rate of 29.4% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
      • Total Employment: 310
      • Average Annual Salary: $27,790

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Physical Education Programs in Michigan

Physical Education programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo, MI
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Physical Education (C)
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Hope College

Holland, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
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Albion College

Albion, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
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Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
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Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
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Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Music Teacher Education (A)
  • Physical Education (A)
Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
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Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI
Type: 4-Year Public College

150 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Reading Teacher Education (B)
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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
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Adrian College

Adrian, MI
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Health Teacher Education (B)