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Physical Education

Is physical education right for you?
Teaching is both rewarding and challenging. Physical education teachers need to be physically fit and active, have good communication skills, and be able to effectively manage a learning environment. These skills allow students to have fun while learning fitness and health concepts, lifetime fitness activities, and movement and sports skills. PE teachers who coach school sports often earn additional money for their responsibilities.

Learn with Minot State
General education requirements prepare students to apply to the teacher education program and take Praxis tests. Selected core classes prepare you with teaching methods for lifetime fitness, leisure and recreation, fitness and weight training, sport activity, and adapted physical education. You will also be trained in curriculum planning and assessment, nutrition, kinesiology, physiology of exercise, educational psychology, organization and administration of P.E. and athletics, and assessment of health and skill related components of physical fitness. The professional education sequence prepares you for elementary and secondary methods and activities, technology in teaching, managing the learning environment, and teaching diverse learners.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers earn a median pay of $62,360 per year. 

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your physical education degree

Student teaching
Physical educations majors are required to complete 16 weeks of student teaching. As a student teacher you will be responsible, as much as is appropriate, for the cooperating teacher’s classroom.
Class size
Minot State’s small classroom sizes allow you to experience valuable one-on-one interaction with professors and participate in practical collaboration with your classmates.
Employment outlook
Employment opportunities for physical education graduates are expected to grow as fast as average for most occupations in the coming decade.
Experienced faculty
The Department of Teacher Education and Kinesiology features well-qualified instructors who are sought after for their scholarly expertise and contributions to the community. We provide the academic training and field experience you will need for a career as a physical education teacher.

Teacher education programs at Minot State University are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Minot State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All Minot State programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. If you are seeking a professional license in a state other than North Dakota, learn more about program disclosures and licensure requirements at

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