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Health and Physical Education

Health and physical education is about more than teaching fitness. It's about promoting a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

The Health Education 5-12 and Physical Education K–12 majors equip graduates to teach others about health and human movement in a holistic way, addressing physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll promote benefits of wellness and physical activity, including better fitness, nutrition, character development, teamwork, and enjoyment of leisure time.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Athletic Coaching Minor Minor
Community Health Major Minor
Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Endorsement Minor Minor
Health Education Minor Minor
Health Education 5-12 (B.A.) Major
Physical Education Minor Minor
Physical Education K-12 (B.A.) Major

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Going Beyond the Physical

The Health Education 5-12 and Physical Education K-12 majors at Bethel promote health and wellness with an emphasis on prevention, life-long learning, and the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that can be integrated into a holistic lifestyle. You’ll be equipped to meet all licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. And you’ll gain skills to teach in a capacity that helps improve others’ quality of life, and learn critical thinking skills that will serve you well in the classroom or workplace. 

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Program Highlights

Practical experiences

Students complete four field experiences, beginning with their first education course.

Brand-new facilities

As a health or physical education major, you’ll be one of the first students to take advantage of a new $11 million Wellness Center under construction that includes a fitness center and academic space.

Study abroad

You’ll be encouraged to study abroad for a semester or during interim in one of more than 30 locations, expanding your worldview and your capacity to be a world-changer.

Christian faculty

Whether teaching best practices in education, nutrition, or downhill skiing, Bethel professors endorse the proper care and nurturing of the temple of the Holy Spirit. They’ll help you view your discipline as a ministry opportunity to impact the world for the Kingdom of Christ.

What can I do with a degree in health and physical education?

Health and physical education grads prepare to teach in a variety of school, recreational, and community health settings.


Our health and physical education graduates work as:

  • Teachers and/or coaches in public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
  • Teachers or directors of recreational activity programs (e.g., YMCA, camps, community recreation programs)
  • School health coordinators
  • Community health educators or specialists
  • Leaders in community health agencies (American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, etc.)
  • Federal, state, county, or local government employees
  • Hospital or medical clinic staff
  • Senior healthcare facility staff

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Education
  • Educational leadership
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)

Graduate Schools

Graduate schools our alumni have attended:

  • Bethel University
  • St. Mary’s University

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