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Health & Physical Education

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  • About Health & Physical Education

    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.

    Program Benefits

    • Class sizes range from 15 to 30 students in the upper division courses and offer students direct contact and personal attention from professors
    • Students complete clinical experiences, student teaching or an internship to gain work experience and strengthen their marketability
    • HPE student clubs sponsor educational seminars, opportunities, and social gatherings to familiarize students with the career they have selected and other students who share the same interests

    Degree Programs

    Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

    The athletic training education program at MSUM is currently in probationary status of the CAATE accreditation. This program 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.

    Bachelor of Science in Health Education: Teaching

    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.

    Bachelor of Science Physical Education: Exercise Science

    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 by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

    Bachelor of Science Physical Education: Teaching

    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.

    Coaching Minor

    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.

    Developmental Adaptive Physical Education Licensure

    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.


  • Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Athletic Training program is currently in probationary status and working towards being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.