The department of physical education provides courses to meet the needs of students
interested in coaching, or who are pursuing a middle school or secondary endorsement
in physical education.
Students interested in exercise science and fitness related professions may also wish
to pursue this program.
The Physical Education minor is designed:
a) To provide students with skills, attitudes, and knowledge concerning sports and
human movement for enjoyment now and in later years.
b) To provide experiences and activities for fostering and appreciating good health
and physical fitness.
c) 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.
The College of Liberal Arts
*1) Theory and Practice of Physical Education 201
*2) Theory and Practice of Physical Education 202
*3) Administration of Athletic and Physical Education Programs 320
*4) Kinesiology 325
*5) Physiology of Physical Education 330
*6) 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.