School of Health Promotion and Human Performance
318 Porter Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Physical Education Major (PEDT)
K-12 Teacher Certification
Successful completion of this course of studies leads to a bachelor of science degree and qualifies the student for recommendation for certification for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Provisional Certificate K-12 endorsement in physical education, certification code MB.
This program primarily serves the needs of K-12 school programs in Michigan and the United States. Faculty provide students with numerous opportunities for professional growth. Opportunities for additional certifications and endorsements, such as water safety instructor (WSI), American Red Cross First Aid, coaching, and certification in programs for students with disabilities, are also available and strongly encouraged.
This program of study meets all the requirements of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field "Physical Education" (number 44) is taken at the completion of all program requirements.
The program is uniquely designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of how to deliver physical education programming to K-12 students with and without disabilities.
- Majors are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of pre-student teaching experiences with students of all ages and abilities.
- The Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) is used as a model to enable students to develop exemplary physical education programs upon graduation.
- The methods of teaching courses provide information on the sequencing and presenting of a wide variety of activities found within the public schools.
- Fieldwork experiences will begin in the first year with exposure of practical experiences that include students with and without disabilities and will culminate in a one semester student teaching assignment with elementary and secondary students under the supervision of master teachers. Fieldwork experiences are a critical component of the professional program. Extracurricular assignments enhance the practical application of knowledge learned within the classroom.
- Students seeking certification must meet the requirements for entry into the teacher education program. Requirements include completion of Eastern Michigan general education requirements, a minor in a secondary subject area, the physical education major, and professional education courses.
The physical education major program participates in the University Honors Program. Students wishing to enroll in the Honors Program must maintain a GPA of 3.3 and fulfill all requirements in specific honor courses. See the department honors adviser for specific information.
Students planning admission to the physical education major must officially enroll in the program at the Academic Advising Center and complete an application at 318/319 Porter.(see "Advising" page)