Physical and Health Education Teacher Education: K-12

Western Michigan University's health education or health education teacher preparation emphasis prepares pre-service teacher candidates to be certified to teach grades K-12 health education in public schools. Students also can choose to minor in teaching grades 6-12 health education.

The health education school emphasis program is recognized nationally as an approved program by the American Association for Health Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Beyond the classroom

The school health education program requires that all candidates complete a one-semester internship within a 60-mile radius of WMU. Candidates are placed with selected mentor teachers and are closely supervised by school health education faculty. This internship prepares candidates to be self-reflective teachers with skills based on professional standards from the Michigan Department of Education and the American Association for Health Education. As a result of this experience, candidates will demonstrate their knowledge, skills, disposition and ability to work with diverse populations that aid their transition from a pre-service candidate to an entry-level health educator.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in physical and health education teachereducation are working as:

  • Teachers
  • Health educators
  • Community health and safety agency advisors

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Public schools
  • American Red Cross
  • American Cancer Society
  • County health departments

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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