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Updated 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog

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The vision of the Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health is “preparing and empowering future professionals to promote physical activity, health, and sport.”

The mission of the Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health is "to provide students with opportunities to excel through purposeful experiences resulting in skills, including leadership, communication, use of technology, and appreciation of individual differences. Through our programs, students develop 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 Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health  offers minors and a coaching specialist program that provide students with the skills and expertise to work in physical activity settings,  coach teams, or teach special needs students. Also, in addition to offering a variety of activities classes that enhance students' liberal education, the department works with Campus Recreation and Athletics to offer a broad range of learning experiences.

Career Directions

Athletic Coaching

Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Physical Education Teaching
Teaching physical activities in a variety of settings
Also: Graduate Study and Professioal Programs


Recommended High School Courses

Exercise Science
Life Sciences
Physical Education