Physical Education

Major Requirements

Major: Physical Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specific by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Physical Education Requirements
ENGL 358Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
HNES 217Personal and Community Health (May satisfy general education category w) *3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
Teaching Speciality Requirements
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
or PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
HNES 110Introduction to Health and Physical Education *3
HNES 254Curriculum, Standards and Assessment in Physical Education *3
HNES 255Professional Preparation in Middle School Physical Education *3
HNES 256Professional Preparation in High School Physical Education *3
HNES 257Professional Preparation in Elementary School Activities3
HNES 301Motor Learning and Performance *3
HNES 336Methods Of Coaching *3
HNES 350Fitness Education Activities and Materials *3
HNES 353Adapted Physical Education *3
HNES 367Principles of Conditioning *3
HNES 461Administrative and Social Aspects of Physical Education and Athletics *3
College Requirement
HD&E 320Professional Issues1
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (PE)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits80

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required to stay in full standing in the program, for placement in student teaching, and to exit from the program.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the professional education requirements, as well as passing the Exit Portfolio, are required to exit the program.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 6 credits of Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year in a modern foreign language are required. See School of Education for admission requirements.