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Physical Education Teacher Education (B.S.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Help youths become active, fit and healthy.

A child’s health sets a course for their entire life. The prevalence of childhood obesity is currently predicted to double by 2030 and schools are in desperate need of physical education specialists who can engage children and adolescents in healthy patterns. This program prepares you to become a certified PK-12 physical education teacher. You will learn to improve the fitness and health of students, as well as faculty and staff, through games, sports and other physical activities. Courses explore the teaching and evaluation of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy physical activity and sports.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Work well with children of all ages.
  • Are patient and creative.
  • Have strong leadership skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Physical education teacher
  • Park and recreation coordinator
  • Coach
  • Substitute teacher

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts
  • Colorado school districts
  • Chicago School District

Internship Opportunities

  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • School recess/lunch supervisor
  • Substitute teaching

Clubs and Organizations

  • SHAPE South Dakota
  • SHAPE America
  • SDHSAA or other state coaching associations
  • PETE JACKS Student Majors Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.