Health & Physical Education B.A.Sc.

Program Type
Bachelor of Applied Science
Applied Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

We offer 21st-century health and physical education at UMD! Are you passionate about health, wellness, and physical education? 

  • Exercise, nutrition, stress, mental health, personal growth, and safety. 
  • Outdoor pursuits, fitness activities, dance and rhythmic activities, aquatics, individual-performance activities, games and sports, lifetime activities, and working with children

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Health and Physical Education offers cutting-edge health and physical education with early and frequent authentic, hands-on teaching experiences that prepare students to be successful in student teaching, as well as in their future teaching positions.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Early and frequent teaching experiences in K-12 settings
  • Students have various program possibilities at UMD
    • Health and PE 
    • Health, PE, and DAPE minor
    • Physical Education (PE)
    • PE and Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) minor
    • Physical Education Outdoor Education minor (PEOE)
    • Coaching minor
  • Experiences with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Small class sizes allow for more individual attention
  • Faculty challenge students to become knowledgeable, skillful, and effective teachers in a global educational market

Acquired Skills

  • Eligibility for licensure in Physical Education grades K-12 and Health Education grades 5-12 in the state of Minnesota
  • Effective lesson plan creation and implementation with state and national standards
  • Evidence-based assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Integration of technology to enhance student learning and instruction

Program Learning Outcomes (coming 2023-2024)

  • The Student Learning Outcomes for the program will meet the requirements set forth by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). For example, the students will construct lesson plans and apply these lesson plans through their field experience teachings at both the elementary and middle schools, meeting campus SLO #2; construct, integrate, and apply knowledge from instruction and experience.

Career Possibilities

Entry Level:

  • K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher (DAPE and/or Coaching)
  • Fitness Leader
  • Sports & Recreation Director
  • Wellness Coach

Advanced Degree: 

  • Dean of Students
  • Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Superintendent

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data - School Health Education

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data - Physical Education

Admissions and Scholarships

Students working towards becoming licensed health teachers can apply for the Maulius and Mildred Brink Education Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship!

Students in CEHSP are eligible for more than 100 scholarships each academic year, typically totaling $370,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.

Faculty Highlights

  • Actively conduct research
  • Currently or previously licensed in K-12 Health and Physical Education
  • K-12 administrative experience
  • Serve on national, state, and college committees
  • Recipients of national awards in their respective areas of expertise.
  • Recipients of college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service