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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education


Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is designed for students who plan to teach physical education at the elementary, intermediate or secondary level.

What will I study?

The physical education major takes courses linking current educational theories and research to real-world, contemporary experiences in K-12 schools. Our graduates are prepared to help diverse learners develop the skills, habits and attitudes necessary to promote lifelong health and wellness. A minor or endorsement in a second teaching area is recommended. Students should refer to the undergraduate catalog for a listing of all programs available.


  • Health Education - Many physical education majors complete a minor in health education.

What are some interesting classes I might take?

  • Physical Education for Children
  • Current Issues in Physical Education and Sport
  • Physical Activity across the Lifespan
  • Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Exercise and Physical Activity

What hands-on learning opportunities are available?

  • The College of Education offers the Educate program, giving students a classroom immersion experience locally, in the U.S., or globally.
  • Physical education/teacher education majors are required to student teach at both the elementary and the secondary levels. These varied settings provide a rich and diverse 16-week student teaching experience.

What can I do with this degree?

Upon graduation, students are qualified to apply for Illinois licensure and are eligible to teach in public and private schools, kindergarten through 12th grade.

High School Teacher Occupational Outlook
Middle School Teacher Occupational Outlook
Elementary School Teacher Occupational Outlook

What's the next step?

Request more information or apply!