Health Enhancement: Health and Physical Education Teaching K-12 Broadfield Major

The Health Enhancement Teacher Preparation program is designed for students who want to become teachers of Health Enhancement (Health and Physical Education) in public schools. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for certification in teaching K-12 Health Enhancement, Physical Education, and/or Health Education in Montana and other states.

Health Enhancement is a comprehensive approach to combining the traditional areas of Health Education and Physical Education. It is a contemporary curriculum where healthy lifestyles and concepts are achieved through skillful movement with an emphasis on physical fitness, healthy lifestyle management skills, and understanding of the total self (physical, intellectual, emotional, and social). In addition to the traditional approach to teaching fundamental movement, skills, games, and dance, this curriculum emphasizes the overall health of the individual as a value in life and enhances critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills of future teachers and their students. Courses within this curriculum represent a combination of content knowledge (health enhancement, health education, and physical education) along with a strong background in pedagogical content knowledge (teaching methods and curriculum). Students majoring in Health Enhancement develop a professional development portfolio based on national beginning teacher standards. The final semester consists of student teaching in two public school placements.

Criteria for Selection and Retention

Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Any student who wishes to enter the Teacher Education Program must complete an "Application for the Teacher Education Program." These forms are available at The plan must be signed by the advisor and the forms turned into the Education Advising Center, 132 Reid Hall. Students should apply to the Teacher Education Program by the end of their sophomore year.

The requirements for admission are:

  1. cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75;
  2. a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses;
  3. approval of the advisor; and
  4. no record of immoral conduct related to the teaching profession nor been judged guilty of a criminal offense as outlined by Section 20-4 110 of the Montana Code Annotated.

Application and approval for student teaching. Certain requirements must be met by all students desiring to student teach. These are:

  1. maintenance of the same standards required for admission into the program including satisfactory clearance on a federal criminal background check;
  2. completion of all required courses;
  3. certification of first aid and CPR; and 4) approval of advisor.

Student teaching is limited to seniors. Application must be made to the Director of Field Placement and Certification no later than the following times:

  • Fall student teaching: by the end of the first week in December of the year prior to student teaching.
  • Spring student teaching: by the end of the second week of April of the year prior to student teaching.

The Praxis II exam in the area of physical education must be successfully passed one semester prior to student teaching.

Recommendation and approval for licensure. The requirements for recommendation by Montana State University for licensure include completion of courses in the Teacher Education Program as outlined in the individual's approved plan; maintenance of the same standards as required for student teaching; and approval of the advisor and the Director of Field Placement and Certification.

Freshman YearCredits
COA 205 - Introduction to Coaching3
DANC 150 - Social Dance1
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking (formerly COM 110US)3
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
HEE 195 - Paraprofessional Experience I1
HEE 306 - Methods of Cond Act3
KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science3
LSCI 121 - Library Research Skills2
M 105Q - Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
University Core and Electives8
Year Total: 33
Sophomore YearCredits
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society3
COA 316 - Football Coaching Theory1
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev3
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2
HEE 305 - Methods of Teaching Mvmt Expl3
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality3
KIN 221 - Hlth Anatomy & Physiology3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
University Core and Electives8
Year Total: 32
Junior YearCredits
COA 256 - Coaching Track and Field2
COA 319 - Volleyball Coaching Theory1
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDU 397 - Methods3
EDU 497 - Methods3
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
HEE 310 - Methods of Adapted HE3
KIN 322 - Kinesiology4
University Core and Electives9
Year Total: 31
Senior YearCredits
COA 317 - Basketball Coaching Theory1
COA 318 - Soccer Coaching Theory1
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-122
EDU 495 - Student Teaching6
EDU 495 - Student Teaching6
HEE 430 - Instrc Design in HE3
HTH 455 - The Ethic of Care3
KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology4
KIN 440R - Sport Psychology3
University Core and Electives3
Year Total: 32
Total Program Credits: 128

Electives (select 7-11 credits from the following courses)

CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
COA 395Practicum:Coaching Application (may be repeated)1
COA 405Advanced Concepts in Coaching3
KIN 270Exercise Prog for Older Adults3
KIN 410Adv Strength Training and Cond3
KIN 415Adv Exercise Test and Prescrip4
NUTR 411Nutrition for Sports/Exercise3
Free electives - Select 6 credits from any University Course6

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.