Physical Education Teacher/Coach

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.

Beyond the classroom

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.

After you graduate

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:

  • Schools
  • Community organizations
  • Hospitals and health care groups
  • Youth and sports camps
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo