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Physical Education Teacher Education, K-12 Major (BA)


The Physical Education program encourages students to provide quality education that promotes both physical fitness in an academic and home environment. SVSU's top-notch faculty members embolden students to push beyond the standard limits set by a traditional classroom structure and explore the potential of adapting lesson plans to fit a specific environment or group of learners. With access to the Human Performance Laboratory, state-of-the-art technology and other great SVSU resources, Physical Education majors expand upon their knowledge base while serving their communities through field experiences and other service-learning opportunities. With the help of these real-world assignments, where students connect and interact one-on-one with children, educators and parents, they come to recognize effective verbal and nonverbal communication and its role in enhancing the learning experience. As graduates, these cardinals may already know how to fly, but their true purpose is in teaching others to soar!  

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU extends the educational classroom by providing service-learning opportunities at The Center for Worksite Health.

  • Students have access to a state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory space which includes everything from a BodPod to cycle ergometers and more! 

  • Students have access to a variety of field experiences in both urban and rural settings, allowing them to apply theory to practice

  • Students have the opportunity to compete in intramural and intercollegiate sports at the Ryder Center for Health and Physical Education.

SVSU's Physical Education program offers a strong foundation in physiology and anatomy and does require an approved minor. To be certified as a K-12 Physical Education teacher in Michigan, a student must complete a state-approved preparation program and successfully pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for Physical Education. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor within the program, as well as the Teacher Education Certification Office no later than their sophomore year. Overall, the Physical Education program is highly regarded by public school personnel and SVSU graduates receive special consideration when it comes to hiring or filling vacant positions within local schools.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


University of North Dakota Athletics
Norcross High School
Kearsley Community Schools
Youth Quest
Sandusky Community Schools
St. Louis Public Schools
Swan Valley School District
100 Mile House Pharmasave
Heritage High School

Career Opportunities

Head Football Coach
Physical Education Teacher
Learning Guide
Softball Coach
Assistant Coach

  • 4% (As fast as average) projected growth for employment of a high school teacher with a bachelor’s degree through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $61,660 is the median yearly pay for a high school teacher in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a degree from SVSU’s Physical Education program, students are ready to engage with kids from kindergarten to high school.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.