To inquire about this program:
Admission Office | 312-362-8300​

The Physical Education (P.E.) program will prepare you to pursue a career in P.E. or in the sports and fitness management industry. As a P.E. major, you will choose to concentrate in either teaching or sports and fitness management.

The teaching concentration will prepare you to teach P.E. at both elementary and secondary schools. You will learn theoretical principles of education, teaching techniques and curriculum development. You will also participate in field experiences in local schools and student teach in order to gain hands-on experience.

The sports and fitness management concentration will prepare you to work in both small business and large corporate settings in a variety of positions, from personal trainer to business owner. You will learn business fundamentals, exercise theories and teaching techniques. You will also complete an internship with a fitness or recreation center to gain real-world experience in the industry.

Depending on your concentration, you may take courses in:

  • Adolescent and adult growth and development
  • Athletic injuries
  • Biology
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Kinesiology
  • Management of sports and P.E.
  • Managerial concepts and practices
  • Methods: P.E. in elementary and secondary schools
  • Personal and community health
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Principles of marketing

Internship Possibilities

  • Allstate Corporate Fitness
  • Chicago Athletic Clubs
  • Chicago Bandits
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Force
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Fitness Formula Club
  • Lakeshore Athletic Clubs
  • Midtown Tennis Club
  • Ray Meyer Fitness Center
  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • YMCA



What can you do with this degree?

  • Athletic coaching
  • Education
  • Fitness programming
  • Marketing
  • Outdoor education
  • Personal training
  • Recreation center management
  • Sports events planning