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The physical education teacher education (PETE) program provides opportunities for students to become critical thinkers, creative planners and effective practitioners.

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The Physical Education Program

To be successful in the field, a physical education student must like to work with people, be adequately skilled in physical activities, have a commitment to fitness and be interested in the physical, biological and social sciences.

The PETE program emphasizes teaching and provides students with skills and techniques necessary to begin a successful career in K-12 physical education. The PETE program is aligned with the National Standards Guidelines for Physical Education Teacher Education. The courses are strategically structured to be sequential in nature.

Students initially take courses through the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (HNES) and complete their degree requirements through the School of Education (SOE). Students are admitted upon meeting the criteria established by the SOE. Completing the degree requirements for a physical education degree in the SOE prepares a graduate to become certified to teach physical education from kindergarten through grade 12.

Students majoring in physical education will be studying the art and science of human movement, which includes classes in elementary, middle and high school 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.

Students must earn a grade of B or better in all core physical education courses and must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to stay in full-standing in the program.

A graduate leaves prepared to teach in a professional manner, while demonstrating exemplary ethical behavior and displaying current best practices. Graduates are expected to be positive role models for K-12 students in the area of physical education, physical activity and sports.

Technology in Physical Education

Physical education majors at North Dakota State University are taught how to use and apply heart rate monitors and pedometers in activity settings. The TriFIT computer-based health management system allows for exercise evaluation, nutrition evaluation and health-risk assessments. Students will use video cameras and computer software to analyze sport skills and improve teaching effectiveness, K-12 student accountability and personal reflection.

Double Major

It is recommended that physical education majors obtain a degree enhancement through licensing, certification or a double major. The physical education curriculum has been structured to allow PETE students to obtain a health education major during the same four year time frame. The acquisition of additional credentials helps to prepare future professionals, giving them a broader area of expertise and making them more marketable. For further information about school health education, please refer to the Health Education Fact Sheet.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in physical education find career opportunities teaching in public or private educational settings, coaching within the community, athletic programs including coaching at higher education institutions, community sports positions with parks and recreation facilities, and/or local organizations like the YMCA. If interested in coaching at higher education institutions, students are encouraged to maintain a 3.0 GPA to enhance their possibility for acceptance into graduate school to pursue the necessary master’s degree required to coach at this level.

Physical Education Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Freshman

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

HNES 110 Introduction to Health and Physical Education*

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

HNES 255 Professional Preparation in Middle School
     Physical Education*

3

PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology with Lab

4

Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning

3

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology

3

 

16

 

16

Sophomore

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

EDUC 321 Introduction to Teaching

3

EDUC 322 Educational Psychology

3

HNES 100111, or 217 Concepts of Fitness & Wellness,
     Wellness, or Personal and Community Health*

2-3

PSYC 250 or HDFS 230 Developmental Psychology or Life
     Span Development

3

HNES 211 Successful Coaching

1

HNES 257 Professional Preparation in Elementary School
     Activities

3

HNES 254 Curriculum, Standards and Assessment in
     Physical Education*

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

HNES 256 Professional Preparation in High School Physical
     Education*

3

Elective

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

Apply to the School of Education

 

Complete Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam

 

 

 

15-16

 

15

Junior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ENGL 358 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

3

EDUC 451 (PE Section) Instructional Planning, Methods
     and Assessment

3

HNES 301 Motor Learning and Performance*

3

EDUC 489 Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds

3

HNES 336 Methods of Coaching*

3

HNES 350 Fitness Education Activities and Materials*

3

HNES 367 Principles of Conditioning*

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

 

15

Senior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

EDUC 481 (PE) Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I

3

EDUC 485 Student Teaching Seminar

1

EDUC 486 Classroom Management for Diverse Learners

3

EDUC 487 Student Teaching

9

HD&E 320 Professional Issues

1

EDUC 488 Applied Student Teaching

3

HNES 461 Administrative and Social Aspects of Physical
     Education and Athletics*

3

 

Elective - As needed to reach 122 credits.

7

 

Apply for Student Teaching

 

 

Complete Praxis PLT Exam

 

 

Complete Praxis II Content Exam

 

 

 

17

 

13

Total Credits: 122-123

*

 Students must earn a "B" or better in all courses identified with an asterisk (*).

**

Global Perspectives and Diversity requirements can be obtained through careful selection of electives, Humanities & Fine Arts, and/or Science & Technology categories

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information

Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9848
Email: Robert.A.Dirk@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/education/teacher_education

or

Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
North Dakota State University
Dept #2620, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-5687
Email: Joe.Deutsch@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hnes

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