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The B.A. in Physical Education K-12 prepares you to teach in the public or private school setting in grades K-12 according to licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Why should I study physical education?

As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll promote benefits of wellness and physical activity, including better motor skills and fitness, nutrition, character development, teamwork, and enjoyment of leisure time.

About half of our students choose to double-major in Physical Education K-12 and Health Education 5-12, which may be accomplished in four years. Those who choose not to double-major are encouraged to consider a second middle level endorsement or a health education minor.

What can I do with this degree?

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.

Our graduates currently work as teachers, coaches, or directors for:

  • Public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
  • Recreational activity programs like YMCA, camps, and community recreation programs

Minnesota school districts where recent graduates currently teach include: Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Hastings, Upsala, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park, Stillwater, and Zimmerman.

Our alumni have continued on to graduate school to study:

  • Education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational leadership
  • Ministry
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)
  • Special education

What skills will I develop?

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective collaboration and communication with others
  • Mechanics of human physiology and movement
  • Methods of teaching
  • Understanding cognitive and physical development
  • Coaching teams in learning the sport and in competitive play
  • Integration of Christian faith with scientific and ethical study
  • Classroom management
  • Addressing and promoting the health of the whole person

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

As an education student, you'll complete student teaching experiences at a metro-area school, developing your skills and learning from your cooperating teacher.

Physical Education K-12 majors also have the option to add the Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) endorsement for an additional licensure, which is given high priority by many school districts.

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