Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Physical Education major offered through the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (HNES). We invite you to keep reading to learn more about the physical education teacher education major. 

The physical education teacher education (PETE) program provides students with skills and techniques necessary to begin a successful career teaching K-12 physical education.  The program is aligned with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) PETE Standards.  The PETE major studies both the art and science of human movement, which includes classes in elementary, middle, and high school professional physical education activities; motor learning, physiology, and the psychology of human movement; the art of teaching and motivating students; and an appreciation of the individual differences of all people. Following the successful completion of required coursework, the physical education student will be placed in authentic capstone experiences.  These experiences allow the student to integrate the various curricular components and best practices along with actual student teaching in a K-12 setting.  

Our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology. Physical education majors at NDSU are taught how to use and apply the latest technology including heart rate monitors and pedometers in activity settings.  Students are also trained to use the TriFIT computer-based health-management system which allows for exercise evaluation, nutrition evaluation, and health-risk assessments.  Finally, students will use video cameras and computer software to analyze sport skills, improve teaching effectiveness, ensure K-12 student accountability, and enhance personal reflection. 

In addition to preparation for effective teaching, physical education graduates are qualified  to coach, and work at YMCAs, health spas, community/recreation centers, or private sport clubs. 

We look forward to meeting you and hope that you will make NDSU your future home.  Please feel free to contact any of the faculty listed below for additional information regarding the physical education major.


Jenny Linker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Physical Education and Health Education, Leadership in Physical Education and Sport
(701) 231-8676


Joe Deutsch, Ph.D.
Professor, Physical Education Pedagogy
(701) 231-5687

Bradford Strand, Ph.D.
(701) 231-9718

Justin Pieterick, MS
Lecturer, Health Education
(701) 231-9613

If you are seeking information regarding any of the HNES undergraduate programs that you cannot find on our website or have specific questions about our undergraduate programs, please contact Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor for HNES, by phone (701) 231-9848 or via e-mail at robert.a.dirk@ndsu.edu .

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