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Health and Physical Education

Learn about health and physical fitness, but don’t stop there. Learn how wellbeing encompasses all of life.

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 the wellbeing of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual areas. As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll promote the benefits of wellness and physical activity, including better fitness, nutrition, character development, teamwork, and enjoyment of leisure time.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

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. 

Bethel students leading a basketball camp

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hours of face-to-face contact with students in four different settings prior to student teaching

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exercise science students who won first place awards at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium

Program Highlights

Practical preparation

Health or physical education majors complete four field experiences. 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.

Christian perspective

Professors not only teach best practices in education, health, fitness, and nutrition, but also the integration of spiritual health and fitness as part of a holistic lifestyle.

New Wellness Center

Train in Bethel’s new $11 million Wellness Center, which includes expansive state-of-the-art fitness and academic space.

Study abroad

Take your training offsite and study in one of more than 30 locations worldwide.

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.

Careers

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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