Discover your passion with Physical Education at BHSU.

BHSU Physical Education Program

The Physical Education Major at BHSU focuses on understanding how the human body moves in order to help others develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to live active, healthy lifestyles.

Well qualified faculty help students develop performance and teaching skills needed to create, teach and assess physical education lessons in any grade from kindergarten through grade twelve. Graduates are well prepared for classrooms.

Why earn a physical education degree from BHSU?

  • Study in the state-of-the-art Young Center facility
  • Live your passion for an active lifestyle that allows you to be outdoors in the Black Hills
  • Share your experiences in play, games, sports, and adventure activities
  • Positively impact the lives of youth
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Physical Education Major

Required Core - 47 semester hours

  • HLTH 251 - First Aid & CPR
  • HLTH 420 - K-12 Methods of Health Instruction
    or
  • HLTH 321 - K-8 Methods of Teaching Health
  • One of the following Coaching Methods
    • PE 470 - Coaching Basketball
    • PE 469 - Coaching Baseball/Softball
    • PE 471 - Coaching Football
    • PE 473 - Coaching Track & Field/Cross Country
    • PE 474 - Coaching Wrestling
    • PE 475 - Coaching Volleyball
  • HLTH 422 - Nutrition
  • PE 121 - Intermediate Swimming (level 4)
  • PE 180 - Foundations of HPER
  • PE 181 - Fundamentals of Elementary PE & 181L Lab
  • PE 201 - Professional Preparation: Gymnastics
  • PE 204 - Professional Preparation: Rhythm & Dance
  • PE 250 - Human Anatomy & Physiology & 250L Lab
  • PE 263 - Physical Education Outdoors
  • PE 341 - Curriculum Development & Evaluation
  • PE 352 - Adapted Physical Education
  • PE 353 - Kinesiology & 353L Lab
  • PE 354 - Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries & 354L Lab
  • PE 363 - Skills Concepts & 363L Lab
  • PE 364 - Skills Concepts II & 364L Lab
  • PE 481 - Methods & Evaluation

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 2 EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 - Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 3 EPSY 302 - Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • 3 SPED 100 - Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 21 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 - Computer-Based Technology & Learning
  • EDFN 375 - Methods of Technology Integration
  • EDFN 440 - Classroom Management
  • SEED 450 - 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • SEED 495 - Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • EDFN 475 - Human Relations

Athletic Coaching Minor

Minor Requirements - 25 semester hours

  • HLTH 422 - Nutrition
  • PE 250 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • PE 250L - Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
  • PE 350 - Exercise Physiology
  • PE 353 - Kinesiology
  • PE 354 - Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • PE 454 - Biomechanics

Take one of the following coaching methods

    • PE 470 - Coaching Basketball
    • PE 471 - Coaching Football
    • PE 473 - Coaching Track & Field/Cross Country
    • PE 474 - Coaching Wrestling
    • PE 475 - Coaching Volleyball

Take two of the following courses

    • PE 440 - Organization & Administration of HPER/A
      or
    • PE 453 - Sport Psychology
      or
    • an additional coaching method from above

Physical Education Minor

Minor Requirements - 25 semester hours

  • HLTH 251 - First Aid & CPR
  • PE 180 - Foundations of HPER
  • PE 181 - Fundamentals of Elementary PE
  • PE 181L - Fundamentals of Elementary PE Lab
  • PE 201 - Professional Preparation: Gymnastics
  • PE 250 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • PE 250L - Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
  • PE 341 - Curriculum Development & Evaluation
  • PE 352 - Adapted Physical Education
    or
  • PE 204 - Professional Preparation: Rythm & Dance
    and
  • PE 121 - Intermediate Swimming (level 4)
  • PE 363 - Skills Concepts
  • PE 363L - Skills Concepts Lab
  • PE 481 - PE Methods & Evaluation

Health Minor

Minor Requirements - 18 semester hours

  • HLTH 110 - Health Concepts
  • HLTH 201 - ATOD Prevention Education
  • HLTH 251 - First Aid & CPR
  • HLTH 370 - Stress Management
  • HLTH 410 - Current Issues in Health
  • HLTH 420 - K-12 Methods of Health Instruction
  • HLTH 422 - Nutrition


Get Real World Experience:
A Physical Education degree from BHSU provides a plethora of practical experiences.  Additionally, BHSU students receive field experiences at three different times during their education:  the pre-admission teaching practicum (EDFN 395), the pre-student teaching practicum (SEED 495), and the semester of student teaching (SEED 444).  Each of these experiences enables you to provide input regarding placement, but we will create the school-site opportunity for you!

Get Involved on and off Campus:
  • Lunch PALS program at West Elementary (physical activity during lunch recess)
  • The programs Jump Rope for Heart, Ropes Course Day, and Fitness Fun days are available at local public schools.
  • Many of our students are either coaching at local middle schools and high schools or  are athletes at BHSU

    Contact us today to learn more!

 

 

Facilities at BHSU

BHSU provides state-of-the art facilities, including an indoor and outdoor track, competitive-sized pool, an extensive fitness room with a variety of cardiovascular machines, free weights and weight machines, a large gymnasium, a mirrored dance room, as well as a low ropes course, all of which are available for class use and personal use.  Come join the class of extraordinary people working to achieve, maintain and teach a healthy living style to the future of our nation and make a difference.

Career Opportunities

Physical Education majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Teaching K-12 Physical Education
  • Working for Boys and Girls Clubs or recreation centers
  • Managing City Recreation Programs
  • Coaching
  • Working in Recreation Retail