Physical Education Learning Opportunities

  • You will have opportunities for a wide array of teaching experiences by the time you complete your Physical Education - Teaching degree. You’ll collaborate with local schools and faculty members in planning, implementing and assessing each experience. Plus, there are many opportunities for you to immerse yourself in your passion for teaching outside of the classroom.

  • MSUM's Field Experience provides more than 100 hours of early and ongoing field experiences in education for teacher candidates. You’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in area classrooms and have a great deal of experience prior to your final semester of student teaching. As you’re immersed in different classrooms with varying teaching styles, you will be able to identify what type of classroom is the right fit for you.

    Adopt a School is a partnership with Tri-College University and Fargo-Moorhead public schools designed to increase physical activity among K-12 students. You’ll work with principals and teachers to create physical activity/health education programs. MSUM is participating in the piloting of eight elementary schools in conjunction with NDSU and Concordia. Each semester, our HPE teacher candidates continue prior projects and/or add to the programming at their adopted school.

    Dragons 4 Wellness (D4W) is a student-led organization that helps promote all majors in the Health and Physical Education Department. This group provides many opportunities to connect with professionals, attend conferences and events and sharpen your leadership skills, along with the chance to give back to our community.

    MSUM participates in SHAPE America, or the Society of Health and Physical Educators, by helping students develop their professional skills at national and regional conferences. Not only have our students’ research been published in the Society’s journals and served in statewide leadership roles, but each of the last three years MSUM students have received “Major of the Year” awards by the Society.

    The Fargo-Moorhead area offers numerous opportunities to explore new and different activities that can be brought into your classroom teaching, from a curling club, trampoline park and pickleball courts to Frostival’s yoga in the snow and Streets Alive’s celebration of outdoor physical activity.

    Learning Communities at Minnesota State University Moorhead allow you to live and learn with peers pursuing similar degrees and with similar interests. The Education Learning Community is open to students pursuing a career within education and wanting to building relationships with their classmates outside of the classroom.

    MSUM’s human performance lab provides practical, hands-on experience utilizing state-of-the-art exercise testing equipment. The laboratory includes a hydrostatic weighing tank, treadmill, cycle ergometer, clinical spirometer, heart rate monitor equipment and TriFit. You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills to perform advanced fitness assessments, including how to conduct body composition, cardiorespiratory, electrocardiogram, anaerobic capacity, anaerobic threshold, lactate threshold and pulmonary function tests.