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Physical Education

Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health

The vision of the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport is "preparing and empowering future professionals to promote physical activity, health and sport."

The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport is to provide students with experiences to develop leadership, communication, and technological skills for learning, for citizenship, and for work. Out programs foster an appreciation of the contributions of physical activity, wellness, and sport to society.

The Physical Education teacher licensure program, Minnesota Board of Teaching approved, leads to licensure for teaching physical education in K-12 schools. It also prepares students for graduate school. The curriculum includes studies in the basic and exercise sciences, methods and activities, curricular development, and assessment as well as professional education. Hands-on learning is emphasized in laboratory and methods classes and includes teaching experiences in the field.

The Exercise Science program prepares students for graduate work in exercise science-related areas, as well as in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic, and other allied health fields. Students entering the job market with an undergraduate degree in exercise science generally work with corporate and community fitness programs, health clubs, and similar fitness-related industries. The program might also be suited for students who are interested in coaching but do not wish to teach in public elementary or secondary schools.

The Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport offers several minors and specialist programs that provide students with the skills and expertise to work in health clubs, coach teams, teach special needs students, and manage aquatics programs. Also, in addition to offering a variety of activities classes that enhance students liberal education, the department works with Campus Recreation 01 and Athletics to offer a broad range of learning experiences.

Career Directions

  • Aquatic Specialist
  • Athletic Coaching
  • Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  • Industrial Fitness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Also: Graduate Study