About the Program

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What is Physical Education-DAPE?

The Physical Education-DAPE major prepares teacher candidates to effectively teach PK-12 students, with and without disabilities, about physical literacy to ensure these students have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

The Physical Education-DAPE major is the only undergraduate major in Minnesota and the upper Midwest to provide dual teacher licensure leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The curriculum offers physical education and DAPE content courses and pedagogy courses that provide teacher candidates opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge to design and implement physical education and DAPE lessons. The physical education and DAPE faculty utilize active learning strategies, small group collaboration, and project-based learning.

Who is it for?

Ideal candidates for the Physical Education-DAPE major should:

  • Exhibit a positive attitude and the growth mindset
  • Be a life-long learner who realizes learning doesn’t stop at graduation
  • Have a passion for working with students with varying abilities
  • Be creative and open to trying new things
  • Be hard-working and responsible
  • Desire to live a health-enhancing and physically active lifestyle

Where is it offered?

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education-DAPE major is offered in full on Minnesota State University, Mankato’s main campus in Mankato, Minnesota. Teacher candidates will participate in field experiences in the K-12 public schools in the surrounding area and learn in our state-of-the art facilities.

How Do I Apply?

Those interested in majoring in Physical Education-DAPE will need to first be accepted to and enroll at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Once enrolled, our advising team and faculty can help get you on track for this in-demand major.

I Have Questions - Who Should I Contact?

We would love to connect with you! Please reach out to Ben Schwamberger, Ph.D. with any questions you may have.

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