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.
- 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!
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 1270||3 cred.||Composition I|
|ENG 1280||3 cred.||Composition II|
|Foreign Langauge (6 hours): In Sequence|
|Elective||3 cred.|| |
|Elective||3 cred.|| |
|Math (3 hours)|
|MATH 1010||3 cred.||Concepts I|
|Humanities (6 hours)|
|CMAT 1130||3 cred.||Basic Speech Commun|
|Art 2150||3 cred.||Survey Wmn Artists|
|Physical and Life Sciences (10 hours)|
(Must take at least one laboratory course)
|BIOL 1080||3 cred.||Biol. Sc. Survey II|
|ZOOL 2050||4 cred.||Hum.Functional Anatomy|
|PH S Elective||3 cred.|| |
|Social Sciences (9 hours)|
|POLS 1010||3 cred.||Amer. Nat’l Govt.|
|PYSC 1100||3 cred.||Intro Pysch|
|PSYC 2040||3 cred.||Psyc Childhd & Adol|
|Core Requirements (53 Hours)|
|HS 1575||3 cred.||First Aid|
|HS 2200||3 cred.||Personal Health & Wellness|
|PE 2010||2 cred.||Hist. & Phil of PE|
|PE 2070||3 cred.||Tech. for PE & Rec Prof.|
|PE 2080||1 cred.||Nontrad Activities|
|PE 2130||1 cred.||Tumbling & Gymnastics|
|PE 2140||2 cred.||Mvmnt. Conc. & Dance|
|PE 2360||2 cred.||Aquatics for PE and Rec Prof.|
|PE 2380||2 cred.||Lifetime Sports|
|PE 2390||2 cred.||Team Sports|
|PE 2500||2 cred.||Assessment in PE|
|PE 2610||2 cred.||Principles of Physical Fitness|
|PE 2611||2 cred.||Principles of Group Exercise|
|PE 2620||3 cred.||Intro to Exercise|
|PE 2363||4 cred.||Motor Learning & Development|
|PE 3010||3 cred.||Applied Biomechanics|
|PE 4022||3 cred.||Meas. & Eval in PE|
|PE 3030||3 cred.||Physiology of Exercise|
|PE 3280||3 cred.||Psycho-Social Aspects of Sports|
|PE 3520||2 cred.||Curriculum Design in PE|
|HPR 2500||3 cred.||Organ & Admin of HPER|
|REC 2300||3 cred.||Outdoor Rec & Team Building|
|Act Elect||1 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).
Debra Nelson, Director, Undergraduate Physical Education
Department of SEPR, JDC 221
Chicago, IL 60628