NDSU’s health and physical education programs are structured to allow students to earn a double major in both areas within the typical four-year timeframe. This gives students a broader expertise and creates more job opportunities following graduation.
Beginning their freshman year, students have opportunities to observe and volunteer in classrooms and school activities in the area. Alaina Driscoll, a sophomore from St. Croix Falls, Wisc., said this integrated classroom and experiential learning approach has been one of the most valuable parts of her education.
“The opportunity to work with students and observe in actual classes gives me experience in the workforce before student teaching and helps confirm my passion for teaching,” Driscoll said. “Staff and faculty also help set students up for success by creating an atmosphere that fosters growth through interactive lessons.”
The programs emphasize a student-centered approach to teaching. Students work closely with each other to learn how to evaluate and assess needs and plan and implement curriculum.
“We go through the program with our core group and have been able to establish great connections and make lifelong friends,” Driscoll said. “All the professors know the students by name, and they go out of their way to help us.”
With the double major in health and physical education, graduates can teach K-12 or pursue positions in recreation, athletic programming and community education. The curriculum also includes a certificate in coaching, creating more opportunities for graduates. Driscoll plans to teach elementary physical education and coach high school track.