The Physical Education program will prepare you to pursue a career in teaching Physical Education in schools for grades pre-K through high school. Graduates earn the Bachelor of Science degree and are prepared for K-12 school licensure process.
Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 110 hours of daytime field experiences in schools. These school-based clinical hours are completed in conjunction with methodology courses. In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 10 weeks in full-time student teaching during their last quarter in the program.
The program includes five distinctive features: 1) Becoming a teacher is viewed as a developmental process continuing at least through the first year of teaching; 2) Multiculturalism is infused throughout the curriculum; 3) Field experiences are an integral part of the curriculum; 4) Students are exposed to a variety of educational theories; 5) The program includes a research component as a basis for further professional development.
The program in K-12 education prepares students to teach children in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private elementary and high schools. In all cases, appropriate field experience plays an integral role.
Students should meet early and regularly with their advisor to design and monitor their program of study.
Please make sure you consult the Liberal Studies Requirements, Major Requirements, Concentration Requirements, and College Core Requirements for full degree requirements.
Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsement in Physical Education (kindergarten-grade 12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.