Program Description

video_graphic.jpgThis program with its recommended minor in Developmental Adapted Physical Education and/or Coaching will prepare you for a career in teaching and coaching. Mayville State is respected throughout our region for preparing quality teachers. With your major in Physical Education, you'll be eligible to seek K-12 certification, and you can tailor your Coaching minor to emphasize the sports that interest you most.

Student's Quote

"I believe strongly that the HPER division at Mayville State University has prepared me for a long and happy career in teaching Physical Education. This program maintained its consistency of workload and variability of classes the whole way through my four years at the university. It is my belief that the many educators of the HPER program engage and interact with the students in a manner that allows each student the equal opportunity to succeed in the classroom. I want to encourage anyone interested in the program to take this opportunity and graduate from Mayville State University with a degree from the HPER division. I did and personally I could not be happier!" - Geoff Sutton, Physical Education graduate


Lifelong Preparation - Mayville State Education programs are designed to prepare you for lifelong success. You'll learn about how children learn and develop and how to use different teaching strategies, motivational techniques and communication tools that will help to make you the best teacher you can be.

Classroom Experience - You'll have an opportunity to make the most of your student teaching experience. Mayville State works with experienced and highly qualified cooperating teachers who will provide you a positive learning environment and mentor your professional growth.

Variability - Mayville State's physical education major offers you the flexibility to choose from a variety of minors, including Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE). Public schools across the country are searching for teachers who can work with special needs students. The DAPE minor will provide you with the background and practical experience you will need to provide quality physical education experiences for students with special education needs.

Career Opportunities

  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Education
  • Coaching

Physical Education Majors

Physical Education Minors


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science Education, Composite Social Science Education). 

Professional Licensure/Certification links and resources:

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either the Enrollment Center (Misti Wuori,, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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