Health Minor Degree Requirements

Future teachers seeking a physical education teaching position may find the kinesiology minor a valuable program option. This minor (listed below) may be elected by students completing any teaching major, however, students must complete the minor at the level appropriate for their particular teaching major and have the approval of a kinesiology adviser, i.e., secondary majors complete the secondary course requirements, and elementary majors complete the elementary course requirements.

Students not involved in a teacher certification program may elect a kinesiology minor only after consultation with a program adviser.

Kinesiology Pedagogy Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements

Plan of Work

A total of 24 credits is required for the completion of the Health Education minor, as follows:

Secondary Minor Level 1 Courses

  • H E 3300 - Health of the School Child 3 Cr.
  • H E 3440* - Nutrition and Health Education 3 Cr. Or KHS 6540* - Workshop in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies: Nutrition 3 Cr. *Prereq: HEA 2310 or H E 3300
  • H E 4340 - Family and Reproductive Health 3 Cr.
  • H E 5440* - (CD) Mental Health and Substance Abuse 3 Cr. *Prereq: HEA 2310 or H E 3300

Level 2 Courses

  • H E 3330*  - Methods of Teaching Secondary Health 3 Cr. Or H E 6500* Comprehensive School Health Education 3 Cr. *Prereq: Completion of all Level 1 classes
  • H E 5620 - Performance-Based Assessment 3 Cr.
  • H E 5620 - (WI) School Health Curriculum 3 Cr. *Prereq: H E 3300 or H E 6500

Elementary Minor

Same as above except students select the Elementary Methods class H E 3340: Health Education for the Elementary School Teacher: Cr. 3

Total credits: 24

Kinesiology Pedagogy Minor

Health Education Major - Secondary

Level 1 Courses

  • BIO 2870 - Anatomy and Physiology 3 Cr.
  • KIN 3610 - Elementary Movement Education and Dance 3 Cr.
  • KIN 3620 - Sports Education 3 Cr.
  • KIN 3630 - Fitness and Adventure Education 3 Cr.
  • KIN 5400 - Inclusion in Physical Education 3 Cr.
  • KIN 5530 - Assessment and Technology in Kinesiology 3  Cr.

Level 2 Courses

  • KIN 3550 - (WI) Motor Learning and Control 3 Cr.
  • KIN 4460 - Methods in Phys. Ed. for Secondary School Students 3 Cr.
  • KIN 5580 - Pediatric Exercise Physiology 3 Cr.

Total credits: 29


One of the last steps you need to take before receiving your degree or certificate is to apply for graduation. Applications for graduation must be made not later than the fourth week of classes for the semester in which degree requirements are to be completed. An application made for a previous semester will not suffice. Undergraduate students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above to be eligible for graduation. Graduate students need an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. You must apply for graduation in Academica and for additional graduation information visit Degrees and Graduation.

Teacher certification

The following requirements apply to students seeking teacher certification

  1. Students must complete one semester of student teaching/seminar at the secondary level.
  2. Students must submit completed application forms by the appropriate application period deadline:
    1. Term I (Fall Semester): October 2nd of the preceding academic year
    2. Term II (Winter Semester): April 2nd of the preceding academic year.
  3. Application forms for student teaching may be obtained from the College of Education Teacher Education. An appointment with the coordinator of student teaching is also required. Completed application forms MUST be submitted by the application period deadline in order to reserve a student teaching assignment.
  4. Students must have a satisfactory health record and a TB test within six months prior to the time the assignment begins. Test results must be submitted with the application.
  5. Students must have a current (within the last six months) Statewide Criminal History Check.

Students must meet the following qualifications

  • Completion of ninety-two credits in coursework (excluding courses with an `I' - Incomplete mark).
  • All major, minor, and professional education courses must have been completed with a grade of `C' or better.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 overall, as well as in the major (the major includes all professional courses).
  • Successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), basic skills, and major/minor tests.
  • Students must successfully complete the following courses: BIO 1510; HEA 2310, 2320, 2330; H E 3300, 3330, 3440, 3500, 4340, 5440 5500, 6430; KHS 5520, EHP 3600, BBE 5000, SED 5010, EDP 5480; and RLL 4431. (An incomplete grade does not constitute satisfactory completion).
  • CPR and First Aid certification are required for placement and teacher certification.

Students who successfully complete all the College of Education and health education course requirements may apply for a Michigan Secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate at the time they apply for graduation. The Certificate qualifies the holder to teach health in grades 7-12; initial certification is provisional for a six-year period. For further information, contact the College of Education, Certification.

Further information may be obtained by contacting a program advisor, (313) 577-7544 or by writing:

Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies

College of Education

Wayne State University
Program in Undergraduate Health Education

656 W. Kirby, #2152
2nd Floor
Detroit MI 48202