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.
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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.
0% of grads applying for license in the past five years are currently teaching
0 exercise science students who won first place awards at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium
Students complete four field experiences, beginning with their first education course.
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.
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.
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.
Bethel did a great job of preparing me for my future teaching career! The professors truly cared about me and supported and encouraged me through out the whole program. After college they helped me get my first job!Rachel Bekius '13
High school Health/P.E./DAPE teacher at Milaca
The road to my career in education and coaching was paved at Bethel. Bethel provided me with professional educators and coaches who had a passion for their work and a commitment to modeling their faith.Peter Haugen '91
Current job: Head Football Coach, Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
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
Our alumni study:
- Educational leadership
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapy
- Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)
Graduate schools our alumni have attended:
- Bethel University
- St. Mary’s University