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About this Program

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and youth?
Do you enjoy sports and physical activities?
Do you want a career with growth opportunities and security?
Do you want a fun work environment with summer flexibility?

If the answer to any of those questions is YES, the K-12 Physical Education program is for YOU!

The Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education prepares students to teach in public or private schools. Course work leads to elementary, secondary and K-12 physical education licensure and health education licensure in Colorado. In addition to the bachelor’s degree program, we offer a licensure-only option for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Many of the classes are experience-based, meaning students are either physically active in our gyms, outdoor athletic facility or are in K-12 schools implementing teaching assignments. Service-learning opportunities are also provided by helping with field days and special events in schools and volunteer coaching opportunities. We prepare our students to teach diverse populations by giving them the opportunity to work and learn in urban, suburban, and rural environments. In addition to preparing students for entry into teaching and coaching positions in grades K-12, this degree provides students the prerequisites for advanced degrees in education, sports administration, and other related disciplines. Health and Physical Educators are making a lasting impact on the future health of America. We take pride in helping students understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Physical Education K-12 Major delivers dynamic courses that prepare you for the real-world job of teaching physical education, while also offering everything that is distinctive about MSU Denver. K-12 physical education students have the following unique opportunities:

  • Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus located in downtown Denver.
  • Benefit from small, interactive classes and full time, supportive faculty and advisors.
  • Improve your knowledge and skill through multiple hands on and clinical experiences.
  • Learn through in-class teaching opportunities and a 16-week student-teaching experience.
  • Take advantage of our extensive community network to help secure your future job.
  • Join the Physical Education Teacher Education Club to build relationships with peers.
  • Graduate with pride from a nationally accredited K-12 physical education program.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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With an undergraduate degree or post baccalaureate physical education teacher licensure, graduates may acquire a full-time position in public, charter or private schools. Business organizations and the U.S. Military also employ physical educators. In addition, our major provides a solid foundation for graduate education and advanced work in physical education and other related fields.

 

Alumni at Work

Districts and Schools that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s Physical Education program include:

Douglas County Public Schools
Denver Public Schools
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Boulder Valley School District
Cherry Creek School District
Jefferson County Public Schools
Platte Canyon Public Schools
Englewood Schools
Littleton Public Schools
St Vrain Valley School District
Weld County School District
Colorado Springs School District

Many of our alumni have gone on to receive Teacher of the Year Awards at the school, district, and state level, as well as National Board Certification.

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver’s teacher Licensure programs are approved by the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Contact the Department of Secondary Education, K-12 Education and Educational Technology

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Location:
West Classroom: 132, 136, 162

Advising Appointments:
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Phone:
(303) 615-1777

Email:
[email protected]

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