Mayville State University is recognized throughout the region for preparing quality teachers. This B.S.Ed. in Physical Education program is available online and will prepare you for a career in teaching. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to seek K-12 certification. 


Mayville State University offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Education in Physical Education. While most of the classes are offered by Mayville State University as asynchronous, online classes, there are a minimum number of activity-based program course requirements that will need to be met in an alternate format to include:

  • Local assessment and testing for application for Prior Learning Assessment (HPER 210 First Aid & CPR and HPER 219 Lifeguard Training)
  • Collaborative online course enrollment with Dickinson State University
  • Completing an approved course for transfer from a local community college or four-year college or university
  • Teaching field experiences, practicums, and student teaching in local, approved school districts

A minor is required with this program.  Online minors include: mathematics/mathematics education, biology, sociology, business administration, accounting, English/English education, Library Media and Information Science, and more. 

Physical Education majors must complete 30 credits of Essential Studies courses. The following Essential Studies courses require a minimum grade of "C": COMM 110ENGL 110ENGL 120 or ENGL 125GEOG 103MATH 103; and PSYC 111. Additional requirements to the major include (BIOL 111, BIOL 111L, or BIOL 150BIOL 150L), BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, HPER 100, and HPER 210. These courses are the pre-requisites to the major.

Students with a previously earned bachelor’s degree must complete the degree prerequisites, core requirements, and have 30 credits earned from Mayville State. A minor is not required. 


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours. 


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $337.25 per credit for tuition and fees (2023-2024), regardless of a student's state of residency. Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice. Financial aid is available in the form of grants and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.


You’ll have an opportunity to make the most of your field experience and student teaching experience. Mayville State works with experienced and highly qualified cooperating teachers who will provide you with a positive learning environment and mentor your professional growth.


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement. Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota. As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science, Composite Social Science). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine the state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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B.S.Ed. in Physical Education Factsheet

For more information or an unofficial transcript review, please contact:

Cali DeMarce
Online Enrollment Coordinator - LRSC (Lake Region State College Office 119)
Phone: 701-662-1587