Health & Physical Education

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Degree Overview

Here are two things you might not know: There’s a nationwide shortage of physical education teachers. And Calvin’s physical education degree is one of the best.

Don’t take our word for it. Graduates of Calvin’s program are ahead of the game—passing the teacher certification test at one of the highest rates in Michigan and finding incredible jobs all over the country.

What makes a degree from Calvin special? You’ll have the opportunity to engage with K–12 students as early as your sophomore year. Your professors will connect you to a wide range of school sizes and types for both student teaching and a future career. And you will be prepared to be an excellent teacher as well as a coach, trainer, fitness program director, and more.

Program Distinctives

An integrative program - Practice what you’re taught. Fitness, personal training, healthy lifestyle habits, and the Christian faith are integrated right alongside your coursework.
Excellent facilities - You’ll have regular access to fantastic facilities and cutting-edge equipment. That includes the Morren Fitness Center, an Olympic-regulation swimming pool, the largest NCAA Division III arena, a 40-foot rock climbing wall, and more.
Record of success - Calvin grads have a 93 percent pass rate on teacher certification tests—one of the highest rates in Michigan. And they have great success finding teaching jobs.

Degree Information

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    Students need to see the course advisor during the freshman or sophomore year to enroll in KIN 380. This course must be completed before student teaching. Students may register for this during their student teaching semester provided the 380 requirements have been completed before student teaching.

    BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 is a required cognate and a prerequisite for several of these courses. Take one of these courses to fulfill the Physical and Living World core requirement.

    PE majors take KIN 359 concurrently with EDUC 346 Directed Teaching: Secondary.

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  • Other Details

    BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 is a required cognate and a prerequisite for several of these courses. Take one of these courses to fulfill the Physical and Living World core requirement.

    Note: This non-certifiable minor will not be included on the Michigan teaching certificate.

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