Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Physical Education and Health (grades 5-12)

Majoring in Physical Education and Health Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective physical education (K-12) or health (5-12) teacher and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 57 to 61 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the physical education and health curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Education - Physical Education and Health (grades 5-12) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades 5 through 12 health. Students have an opportunity to blend theory and practice through a series of content courses, methods courses, field experiences, and clinical practice. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Eric LaMott Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Michael Walcheski Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Chairperson of Department of Human Services, Professor of Psychology and Family Science

Dr. Walcheski is a nationally recognized expert in Family Science who conducts presentations and professional training sessions at academic conferences and education seminars.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Dr. Cheryl Chatman Ed.D Executive Vice President, Dean of Diversity, Professor of Education

Dr. Chatman works with the president and campus to help provide a climate necessary for institutional excellence, and serves as a link between and among the campus and community.

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice, plus take content courses in the exercise science department. Because we design our physical education and health education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching in health education in grades 5-12 within private or public elementary and secondary schools.

  • Public School Health Teacher
  • Private School Health Teacher

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