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Health & Physical Education Major

Physical Education offers the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle.  Physical education teachers assess student knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment. (NASPE)
Health Education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical, and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities. Health Education is the development of individual, group, institutional, community, and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behavior.  The purpose of Health Educaiton is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health. (AAHE)

Students who successfully complete the prescribed coursework and practicum experiences for the Health and Physical Education major receive dual licensure for both physical education (K-12) and health education (5-12) by the State of Minnesota.

Goals and Objectives of the Health and Physical Education Program:

  1. Demonstrate the intellectual breadth of a liberally-educated person.
  2. Convey the central concepts, tools of inquiry, content, and structures of Health and Physical Education.
  3. Apply developmental theories and a philosophy of education in designing instruction.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity to diverse ways of learning including learning styles related to culture, gender, and ability.
  5. Communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
  6. Engages students through a variety of instructional strategies (including instructional technology).
  7. Applies classroom management strategies successfully according to individual student needs.
  8. Involves students in curricular, management, and instructional decisions when appropriate.
  9. Assess, evaluates, and communicates student learning effectively.
  10. Maintains a positive self-image, respect and concern for students and co-workers, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness, and physical and emotional well-being.
  11. Demonstrates awareness of professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities and rights of teachers, knowledge of school organization structure, and the relationship with the social and philosophical foundations of education.
  12. Initiates responsibility for continuous self-learning.

Health & Physical Educaiton Planning Form
(Outlining All Coursework & Requirements for Licensure)

Professional Organizations