Health and Physical Education Teaching (B.S.)

Degree: Bachelor of Sciences with a major in Health and Physical Education Teaching

Overview: The B.S. in Health and Physical Education Teaching emphasizes obtaining knowledge in content areas and subdisciplines of Health and Physical Education. Candidates who successfully complete coursework and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in both content areas receive an initial teaching certificate in Health and Physical Education (grades K - 12) by the Michigan Department of Education.

The curriculum includes: curriculum development for school Health and Physical Education teaching, implementing developmentally appropriate instructional for diverse learners, assessing Health and Physical Education content knowledge and skill proficiency, using instructional technology effectively, and demonstrating the qualities of a professional educator.

The program prepares candidates to meet proficiencies defined in several accreditation standards:

  • The Michigan Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (MI InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2013, define the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and dispositions that all entry-level teachers should possess upon completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
  • Michigan-specific content standards define the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the specific discipline(s) in which teacher candidates seek endorsement, as well as pedagogical applications of that disciplinary knowledge.” “Standards for the preparation of Health and Physical Education Teachers in Michigan.”

Admission Requirements: Undergraduate students entering Wayne State University, either from high school or transferring from other universities or colleges, are admitted directly into the Bachelors program. Admission questions should be directed to the Division of Academic Services, College of Education, 489 Education, phone 313-577-1601.