Physical Education and Health Education
School of Education

Physical Education and Health Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

148 credits

required for program

Learn from Christian faculty about body mechanics and health education to keep youth engaged in sports and help them lead an active lifestyle. The physical education and health education degree equips you to teach fitness to children in grades K-12 within a public or private school setting. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

Physical Education and Health Education may be the right degree for you if you

  • enjoy fitness and health
  • are eager to serve
  • passionate about teaching
  • interested in working in a school setting

Why study physical education and health education at Northwestern?

At UNW you will grow in your faith by working with experienced faculty who have learned to integrate faith and leadership. You will gain an understanding of the human body, how to lead activities, and get equipped to teach children in grades K-12.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides four levels of classroom practicum experience:

  • The first level allows you to find your personal “fit” within the teaching profession.
  • The second focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity.
  • The third engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom.
  • The final level is full-time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.

You can also add a licensure in health to your degree with additional credits. The following courses are required for licensure in Health Education.

  • School Health Education Methods
  • Sexuality Education
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Human Nutrition
  • Health Behavior: Theory and Program Planning
  • Health Education Curriculum and Instruction

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Careers in physical education and health education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in physical education and heath education.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Teaching in your area of specialty
  • Creating/directing educational programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional design (technology training may be required)
  • Textbook editing
  • Student life/student affairs
  • Adapted physical educator
  • Athletic director or trainer
  • Camp counselor
  • Exercise or fitness specialist
  • Industrial wellness programming
  • Recreation programming/directing
  • Sports store manager
  • Umpire/referee
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of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field
meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching
of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared

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