The NSU physical education bachelor's degree program prepares you for a rewarding career in K-12 physical education.

As a student in our B.S.Ed. Physical Education program, you’ll learn scientific and fitness principles, pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), and curriculum development from our diverse and experienced faculty.


Coursework within the major falls into three categories:

  • Physical education methodology
  • General teacher preparation
  • Exercise science

Physical education methodology courses train prospective teachers to promote physical literacy and are specific to the gymnasium.

Teacher preparation and physical education methods coursework, which are required for teacher licensure, prepare you for Praxis content exams and application for teacher licensure in South Dakota.

Students who graduate from this program will also have the strong science background necessary to be an exceptional physical educator, including coursework in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior.