The HPE Department offers programs for students who are interested in careers in the health and/or physical education teaching (including Developmental Adaptive Physical Education), athletic training, exercise science, and coaching fields.
The CAATE accredited athletic training education program at MSUM combines specialized course work and clinical experiences designed to prepare students for national certification. MSUM graduates may choose to pursue graduate education or employment in a variety of work settings including; high school, college/university, and professional athletics, sports medicine clinics, physician extender, and others.
School health educators are licensed to teach health education in the public or private schools at the 5-12 level. Students obtaining a health education teaching degree are also eligible for positions in the community setting. Graduates who switch to teach health education at the post-secondary level must have a master's degree or preferably, a doctorate in health education.
The physical education exercise science major is designed to prepare students for positions as a personal trainer, health fitness instructor, fitness supervisor, strength coach, and fitness director. The major provides course work for students interested in attending graduate school in exercise science, exercise physiology or cardiac rehabilitation. The exercise science program also prepares students as candidates for certifications given by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Physical education teaching graduates are employed as K-12 physical education teachers. An adaptive physical education licensure or coaching minor enhances public school employment opportunities. Graduates who wish to teach and coach at the college/university level must pursue graduate degrees. Other physical education teaching graduates assume jobs in a variety of recreational and fitness fields.
The coaching minor prepares students to assume the responsibilities of coaching in competitive athletics. The coaching minor enhances a student's credentials and employment opportunities as a varsity coach in Minnesota and other states. The coaching minor is available to students pursuing either a teaching or non-teaching degree.
The developmental adaptive physical education licensure provides specialized training to teach physical education to public school students who have physical, sensory, emotional and/or mental disabilities. The licensure is an excellent complement to the physical education major.
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