Physical Education

Preparing you for a rewarding career teaching physical education to K-12 students

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School of Education

Physical Education

As a student in our B.S.Ed. Physical Education program, you’ll learn scientific and fitness principles, pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), and curriculum development from our diverse and experienced faculty.

Coursework within the major falls into three categories:

  • Physical education methodology
  • General teacher preparation
  • Exercise science

Physical education methodology courses train prospective teachers to promote physical literacy and are specific to the gymnasium.

Teacher preparation and physical education methods coursework, which are required for teacher licensure, prepare you for Praxis content exams and application for teacher licensure in South Dakota.

Students who graduate from this program will also have the strong science background necessary to be an exceptional physical educator, including coursework in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior.




This major prepares you to teach physical education in a K-12 setting, but also translates well to employment opportunities outside of education, such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, fitness centers, and recreation programs. NSU teacher candidates have a 95 percent career placement rate after graduation.  

Here, you’ll receive assistance with career planning from their academic advisor and other HPE faculty.

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


Physical education majors complete a semester of student teaching before graduation. We'll work closely with you and our connections to find internships and field experiences suitable to your interests.


School of Education scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. For details, please call the School of Education at 605-626-2415.    


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