Physical Education (K-12) and Health (5-12) - Dual Licensure Program

‌This program prepares students for dual licensure in the areas of physical education (K-12) and Health (5-12). 

Physical Education: Teachers in this area help learners in grades K-12 learn the basic skills of activities that can lead to physical fitness throughout their lives. In addition, these teachers help them understand the value of physical activity and fitness as an element of overall health management.

Health Education: Teachers in health education help learners (5-12) develop psychomotor skills, understand how the human body works, and build and maintain good health overall. In addition, teachers in health encourage healthy behaviors in children and youth who may feel invincible, while helping their learners see their responsibility in the choices they make.

What you can earn

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms

 License & MA

License: 27+

MA:        33+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
PHED 302   Physical Education Methods for Elementary
PHED 304   Physical Education Methods for Middle/Secondary
TEGR 543   Field Experience III: Curriculum and Instruction
TEGR 585   Reading for the 5-12 Teacher
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

Full Course Catalog with Descriptions


Find current course offerings

Physical Education and Health Education Content Requirements
HLTH 250   Personal Health and Wellness (4)
HLTH 285   Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco (2)
HLTH 341   Health Education: 5-12 Curriculum Assessment & Administration (4)
HLTH 345   Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4)
HLTH 462   Human Sexuality Education (4)
PHED 105   Water Safety and Lifeguard Training (0)
PHED 110   Technical Skills for Team Sports (2)
PHED 111   Technical Skills for Individual Sports (2)
PHED 202   Physical Education Curriculum and Administration (2)
PHED 208   Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
PHED 300   Motor Development (2)
PHED 351   Teaching Students with Special Needs (2)
EXSC 332   Exercise Physiology (4)


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our .
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.