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Health & Physical Education

  • The Minnesota State University Moorhead Health and Physical Education Department prepares students who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and promoting physical fitness and wellness through rewarding careers in health and physical education, athletic training, exercise science and coaching.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Health & Physical Education Degree
    Teaching legacy
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college and continues to highly value education teachers. Your classes are taught by knowledgeable and experienced professors who are committed to your teaching success. Health and Physical Education faculty members all have elementary or secondary classroom teaching experience. Plus, an advisory board of educators, alumni and faculty ensures you’re receiving the most relevant education for today’s teaching challenges.
    Learning communities
    One of two Learning Communities (LC) may be of interest to you. The Health and Wellness LC is for students majoring in exercise science, athletic training or health and physical education, while the Education LC is for any education major.
    Certification Specific Curriculum
    MSUM offers strength and conditioning courses that will help prepare you to take certification exams by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and CPT training for the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
    Ample field experience
    You’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in local classrooms for more than 100 hours prior to your student teaching experience, so you’ll be exceptionally prepared to lead your own classroom.
    Human Performance Lab
    The Human Performance Lab will give you practical, hands-on experience on state-of-the-art testing equipment. You’ll use it for adult fitness testing to promote healthier lifestyles and for student athletes to monitor training and improve performance.
    Wellness educators
    As a Wellness Educator, you can get hands-on experience assisting in the development and implementation of campus-wide health promotion campaigns designed to prevent health problems among college students and encourage healthy choices and lifestyles.
    DAPE certificate
    MSUM’s Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Certificate prepares you for licensure to teach physical education to students with special needs and/or disabilities. DAPE is identified as a teacher shortage area and greatly increases your employability within the teaching field.
  • Health & Physical Education Department News
    • Athletic Training students place fourth in 2017 NATA Quiz Bowl Competition
      On June 29, 2017, the MSUM Athletic Training student quiz bowl team placed fourth among a field of ten United […]
    • Health and Physical Education Major Published in SHAPE America Momentum
      Health and Physical Education/DAPE major Tyler Storm was published in the Fall 2016 SHAPE America Momentum. This is a national […]
    • NDSU, MSUM Study Examines Coaches’ First Aid Skills
      A new study by NDSU and MSUM researchers has taken a close look at how well coaches are trained for […]
    • MSUM Students awarded with National Major of the Year
      Congratulations to National Major of the Year in Health Education: Brittany York, MSUM Congratulations to National Major of the Year […]
    • Health and Physical Education Department sponsoring “The Power of Unity” conference
      The Health and Physical Education Department is sponsoring the SHAPE America Central District “The Power of Unity” Conference on Thursday, […]
    • Commencement is today at 1 p.m.
      Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall […]
    • Women’s Health: What College Women Need to Know – tonight in the CA
      An event with experts focused on Women’s Health & Wellness specifically for college students is scheduled on Wednesday, November 19th […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    Whether you are interested in careers in health and/or physical education teaching, athletic training, exercise science or coaching, a degree from MSUM's Health & Physical Education Department sets a solid foundation for your future career in the health and wellness field.
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    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    MSUM’s Health & Physical Education Department offers unique selections of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Whether you’re gaining hands-on experience in the lab or interning in the community, we hope you will explore the options that spark your interests, strengths and passions.

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