Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

In the Physical Education bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary, you will develop the knowledge and skills to teach at the elementary and/or secondary education levels and become licensed to teach PE. Integrating a liberal arts curriculum with professional preparation, the Physical Education program offers hands-on classroom experience prior to student teaching, including numerous opportunities to peer teach in professional activities classes, practicum, and methods classes. We strongly encourage all PE students to complete an additional major and/or minor to enhance their career placement opportunities. Within the Physical Education bachelor’s degree program are health education and coaching minors.

The undergraduate Physical Education program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. Graduates of the Physical Education program will be eligible for the North Dakota Educator's Professional License to teach in grades K-12.

Physical Education Program Highlights

Earn your bachelor’s degree in physical education in an accredited program at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation. In the Physical Education bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary, you will have many unique, hands-on learning experiences that will enrich your education and your career:

  • Participate in supervised teaching situations in local schools from sophomore year through graduation, which help you to gain the confidence and skills to be a successful teacher.
  • Gain skills for both professional and personal growth in a PE curriculum firmly grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values. 
  • Take part in an educational leadership conference as well as the Emerging Leaders Academy, a four-year program in educational leadership.
  • Participate in mentoring and collaborative research activities with full-time faculty with K-12 teaching experience.
  • Get involved in local and regional professional organizations as either a participant or presenter.

"Being given the opportunity to start a physical education club and be one of the University of Mary student representatives for the physical education state board have been wonderful experiences. These opportunities have given me a chance to grow as an educator as well as connect with professionals already out in the field. "

Nicholas Keller, Physical Education major, 2015

The Physical Education Bachelor of Science program includes courses that cover a broad range of topics in education, athletics, teaching methods and strategies.

ENG 121; COM 110; PSY 205; BIO 101; BIO 207 or PED 207; MAT 103 or above; EXS 336; ATH 238; HPS 206; EDU 200 or 202, 295, 301, 310, 320, 367, 401, 411, 421, 423, 432-01, 432-02; PED 105, 157, 159, 221, 222, 235, 267, 303, 305, 313, 339, 360, 401; and ALU 499.


Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Program Advisors: Dr. Patricia Raube-Keller

For more information about the Physical Education program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical education, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: