Physical Education

Why Study Physical Education?

Physical activity (along with nutrition) has been recognized by the medical community as the most important preventative to illness and injury that negatively affect both the quality and longevity of one's life. As a physical education teacher you have the unique opportunity to guide young people through developmentally appropriate activities that will instill the knowledge of the benefits of physical activity and teach the skills inherent in the games, contests and activities that will allow them to realize the benefits.

Teaching physical education is a service profession, an area of our economy that has been projected by the Department of Labor for continued and unprecedented growth for the next five years. It is also part of the ever expanding sport and fitness sector, a multi-trillion dollar industry.

Contrary to popular belief employment opportunities are bright. In fact, every graduate from the physical education program at Chicago State University that has sought employment over the past ten years has been gainfully employed.

How Do I Know If Physical Education Is Right For Me?

  • Do you enjoy working with others who are dedicated to serving youth?
  • Would you like to make our world a better place to live?
  • Do you take pride in helping and seeing people succeed?
  • Do you like working with young people in a fun environment?
  • Do you enjoy being physically fit and would you like to help others become fit?
  • Do you enjoy participation and competing in sports and would you like to help others realize this enjoyment?
  • Would you like to contribute to the wellness of others and help them experience more quality in their lives and live longer?
  • Would you like to contribute to a change in another's ability to perform and witness the changes in personality that accompany this?

If these seem like things you would be interested in and you could dedicate yourself to the challenge of preparing for, and making it happen... the undergraduate program in physical education at Chicago State University may be the place for you!

Course of Study

The professional program of study is designed to prepare graduates for a career in teaching physical education K-12 upon completion of the program. Students qualify for an initial Type 03 Certificate and an initial Type 09 High School Certificate, each endorsed in physical education for grades K-9 and 9-12. Students may attach any endorsement (e.g., health, driver's ed).

General Education (40 Hours)
Composition (6 hours)
ENG 12703 cred.Composition I
ENG 12803 cred.Composition II
Foreign Langauge (6 hours): In Sequence
Elective3 cred. 
Elective3 cred. 
Math (3 hours)
MATH 10103 cred.Concepts I
Humanities (6 hours)
CMAT 11303 cred.Basic Speech Commun
Art 21503 cred.Survey Wmn Artists
Physical and Life Sciences (10 hours)
(Must take at least one laboratory course)
BIOL 10803 cred.Biol. Sc. Survey II
ZOOL 20504 cred.Hum.Functional Anatomy
PH S Elective3 cred. 
Social Sciences (9 hours)
POLS 10103 cred.Amer. Nat’l Govt.
PYSC 11003 cred.Intro Pysch
PSYC 20403 cred.Psyc Childhd & Adol
Core Requirements (53 Hours)
HS 15753 cred.First Aid
HS 22003 cred.Personal Health & Wellness
PE 20102 cred.Hist. & Phil of PE
PE 20703 cred.Tech. for PE & Rec Prof.
PE 20801 cred.Nontrad Activities
PE 21301 cred.Tumbling & Gymnastics
PE 21402 cred.Mvmnt. Conc. & Dance
PE 23602 cred.Aquatics for PE and Rec Prof.
PE 23802 cred.Lifetime Sports
PE 23902 cred.Team Sports
PE 25002 cred.Assessment in PE
PE 26102 cred.Principles of Physical Fitness
PE 26112 cred.Principles of Group Exercise
PE 26203 cred.Intro to Exercise
PE 23634 cred.Motor Learning & Development
PE 30103 cred.Applied Biomechanics
PE 40223 cred.Meas. & Eval in PE
PE 30303 cred.Physiology of Exercise
PE 32803 cred.Psycho-Social Aspects of Sports
PE 35202 cred.Curriculum Design in PE
HPR 25003 cred.Organ & Admin of HPER
REC 23003 cred.Outdoor Rec & Team Building
Act Elect1 cred. 

In addition to the core requirements, 34 credit hours of professional education is also required, including courses in Educational Psychology; Physical Education; Reading; Special Education; and Student Teaching, which is 6 credit hours (one semester, full days).

For More Information Contact

Debra Nelson, Director, Undergraduate Physical Education
Department of SEPR, JDC 221
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773.821.2827