Physical Education Minor


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
Physical Education

Theory Courses

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.

Course Descriptions