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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Health and Physical Education

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This major is a joint program offered by the Departments of Health Science and Human Performance and meets Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) requirements for licensure in both Health Education (5-12) and Physical Education (K-12)

Throughout the nation's history, health and education initiatives have recognized the importance of health and physcial activity instruction in schools.  Health and physical education are key to improved educational achievement for students and improved health in the United States. National and state standards for the preparation of school health and physical educators describe what future teachers should know and be able to do in order to help their students' attain health literacy, be active, and engage in healthy behaviors.  The Health and Physical Education teaching program meets these standards to enable future school health and physical education teachers from Minnesota State Mankato to be critical partners in developing citizens of the future.

Admission Requirements

Health and Physical Education major admission requirements include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  • A "C"  or better in general education MATH

Professional Education admission requirements include:

  • Completion of minimum of 32 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Evidence of registration for MTLE Basic Skills Exam
  • Enrollment in or completion of KSP 220W
  • A "C" or better in ENG 101, and
  • A "C" or better in general education MATH

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a "C" or better in all required general education (except Chemistry) and required courses (except Human Anatomy) in the Health and Physical education major.  Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in the major (required general education and required courses).  A GPA of 2.5 in the major is also required for graduation in Health and Physical Education.

For more information contact: 

Marge Murray-Davis, Ph.D.

Co-Coordinator of Health and Physical Education Program

Coordinator of the School Health Education Program

Department of Health Science

213 Highland Center N

Phone: 507-389-2709