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Health & Physical Education Teacher Education (K-12)

Our program helps you realize your potential as a teacher and pass on your passion for sports and physical fitness. With small class sizes, state-of-the-art technology, and significant opportunities to work with educators and students in the community, you’ll acquire the skills needed to deliver optimum learning experiences in changing classroom environments.
Work with the latest technology

Work with our on-campus technology to analyze technical performances, monitor breath-by-breath gas analysis and oxygen consumption, test anaerobic power, and track every movement with a 3D movement analysis device.


Cultivate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding you need to be an effective teacher in today’s schools by enrolling in the Teacher Education Program at University of Jamestown.

The program is approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).

Admission to Teacher Education

Candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most education courses. Typically, candidates apply for admission to the program while enrolled in EDUC 201: Introduction to Teaching.

To apply, candidates must complete the application form and submit it to the Teacher Education Department by November 1 for spring admission or April 1 for fall admission. Applications are not reviewed during the summer.



Title (credits)
Educ 100 Praxis Preparation (0)
Math 102 Intermediate Algebra (3)
Or higher level
KNS 111 Beginning Swimming (1)
KNS 182 Intro to Kinesiology (2)
KNS 183 Personal Health & Wellness (3)
Educ 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
Psyc 203 Developmental Psychology (3)
KNS 207/208 Beginning or Intermediate Weight Training (1)
KNS 215/216 Social Dance I or II (1)
KNS 217 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
KNS 218 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
KNS 240 Nutrition & Wellness (2)
Educ 253 Applied Cognitive Theories (3)
KNS 260 Technology Integration in PE, Health, & Fitness (3)
KNS 261 Methods & Activities for Teaching Elementary PE (3)
KNS 262 Middle School Activities & Materials (3)
KNS 263 High School Activities & Materials (3)
KNS 264 Teaching Fitness Education (2)


Title (credits)
Educ 303 Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (3)
KNS 305 Curriculum, Standards, & Assessment of PE (3)
Educ 306 Multicultural Education (3)
KNS 309 Basic Biomechanics (3)
KNS 311 Motor Learning and Development (3)
KNS 346 Adaptive Physical Education (2)
KNS 360 Methods in Health Education (3)

KNS 361 Methods in Physical Education (4)(includes field exp.)

Psyc 373 Human Sexuality (3)
KNS 385 Sports First Aid & Injury Care (3)

Educ 398 TED Seminar I (1)
Educ 399 TED Seminar II (1)
KNS 402 Exercise Physiology (3)
KNS 404 Exercise Physiology Lab (1)
Educ 498 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
Educ 499 Student Teaching (12)

Total Semester Credits Required: 91

Satisfactory Progression in Teacher Education

In addition to successfully completing each of the required courses, candidates must meet certain programmatic requirements—including satisfactory performances on Praxis exams, key assessments, dispositional attributes, and field experiences.

Praxis Exams

The state of North Dakota requires passing scores on a series of three ETS Praxis exams. The first exam (Core Academic Skills for Educators) has three components—reading, writing, and mathematics. Candidates will complete this exam prior to admission into Teacher Education.

Candidates will also take Praxis II content exams in their subject area (e.g. Math, P.E., English) and Praxis II pedagogy exams (PLT) in their licensure level (e.g. elementary, secondary). For information about specific exam codes, required scores for passing, and registration information, visit the ETS website.

Candidates are required to complete the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching. The Praxis II: PLT exam must be taken prior to the completion of student teaching. While candidates are required to complete both the Praxis II Content and PLT exams to complete the program, passing scores are not required for graduation. Passing scores are, however, required to attain licensure in North Dakota.

Field Experiences

Pursuant to Century Code 67.1-02-02-02.1, all teacher education candidates must have classroom-related experiences prior to student teaching. At UJ, these experiences occur early and throughout the Teacher Education program. Candidates must complete at least 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Expectations of candidates in field experiences increase incrementally with each semester in the program. Additionally, field experiences occur in a variety of settings to allow candidates the opportunity to interact with a variety of P-12 students and experience diversity across school environments.

Student Teaching

The final stage of the Teacher Education program is a semester-long student teaching experience in an accredited classroom of the candidate’s licensure area. Application for student teaching must be made one semester before the student teaching semester

Chris Mahoney
Chris Mahoney, MS
Department Chair
Assistant Professor
701-252-3467 ext. 5564
    Jeff Stotts
    Jeffrey Stotts, Ed.D.
    Department Chair
    Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
    701-252-3467 ext. 5995
    Committed to helping you succeed — both in and out of the classroom.

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