Physical Education Minor
The Physical Education minor provides courses to meet the needs of students interested
in coaching, or who are pursuing a middle school or secondary endorsement in physical
Students interested in exercise science and fitness related professions may also wish
to pursue this program.
The Physical Education minor is designed:
- To provide students with skills, attitudes, and knowledge concerning sports and human
movement for enjoyment now and in later years.
- To provide experiences and activities for fostering and appreciating good health and
- To prepare effective coaches and to instill in them professional attitudes and to
offer coursework towards a middle school or secondary endorsement.
Physical Education Minor Sequence
The following courses are recommended for the minor. Those marked with an asterisk
meet minimum requirement.
- Theory and Practice of Physical Education 201*
- Theory and Practice of Physical Education 202*
- Administration of Athletic and Physical Education Programs 320*
- Kinesiology 325*
- Physiology of Physical Education 330*
- Choose one of these three*:
- First Aid and Athletic Training 326
- Achieving Wellness (See Health 300)
- Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 327
Theory courses offered by the department of physical education consist of a variety
of studies relating to the acquisition and teaching of movement skills, to coaching
techniques and theories, to first-aid and safety, and to basic principles of the mechanics
and physiology involved in human movement.
The minor in physical education consists of course primarily designated for persons
desiring to teach and coach the sports most commonly encountered in the public schools,
or for students pursuing a middle school or secondary endorsement in physical education.
Note: Per ISBE requirements, students must first complete the requirements for a teaching
certificate to be eligible to add an endorsement (see Educational Studies for programs and requirements). Students may qualify for the physical education endorsement
by completing a series of at least six courses in physical education and receiving
a passing score on the Illinois State Board physical education content exam (secondary
only). Contact your physical education advisor for more information.
PETH 201 Theory and Practice of Physical Education
Teaching methods and activities and practical class participation in learning various
team sports at the secondary school level.
PETH 202 Theory and Practice of Physical Education
The development of physical education, its history, teaching methods and activities;
practical class participation in learning various individual sport activities at the
secondary school level.
210 Coaching Baseball and Football
Fundamentals of coaching baseball and football including drills, strategies, rules,
211 Coaching Basketball and Track
Fundamentals of coaching basketball including modern offenses and defenses, strategies,
and drills. Coaching track and field events including modern methods in conditioning
216 Coaching Volleyball and Softball
Basic and advanced skills, techniques, tactics, and strategies of competitive softball
and volleyball along with techniques of coaching individual and team play.
290 Introduction to Coaching
The study of basic scientific principles of Biomechanics, Psychology, and Physiology
as they relate to coaching sports skills. Basic discussions regarding scientific training
methods and conditioning, motivational techniques, nutrition, environmental conditions,
and handling the pressures of competition.
Opportunity for field work at community non-profit agencies, alternative school settings,
parks and recreation departments, and camping facilities. Prerequisite: P. E. Theory 201, 290, 320 or consent of Department Chair.
300 (Health) Achieving Wellness: Issues and Choices
An analysis of those factors affecting individual control of health. Students explore
self-care health principles of detecting illness, major threats to health and alternatives
to care. Emphasis is placed on the wide range of options available to each individual,
within and outside the traditional health care system, when making informed decisions
regarding personal health.
320 Organization and Administration of Athletic and Physical Education Programs
The administrative problems involved in organization of the athletic, recreation,
and physical education programs, will cover curriculum design. Practical applications
in intramural sports and athletic organization and management. Recommended: 201 and 202.
PETH 325 Kinesiology
Use of mechanics and muscular action in balance and movement of the human body.
326 First Aid and Athletic Training
Instruction in administering accepted first aid practices in emergencies and accepted
methods for the prevention and corrective treatment of athletic injuries.
327 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning
An application oriented course that provides useful information for students with
a background in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and other exercise sciences. Useful
for those who intend to pursue professional work as a personal trainer or become involved
with exercise prescription. Prerequisite: PE Theory 325, 330, or consent of instructor.
330 Physiology of Physical Education and Athletics
Study of basic scientific principles concerning the physiology of exercise to provide
the student with an understanding of the theories underlying particular training methods.
400 Independent Study
Independent research and study beyond courses offered in any particular area of physical
education. Prerequisite: consent of department chairman.