The B.A. in Physical Education K-12 Licensure prepares students to be a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. The degree program covers the most up-to-date scientific and pedagogical content knowledge relevant to the daily activities of a physical education teacher. The program combines lecture-based courses with hands-on practical clinical experiences in a variety of diverse setting throughout the program. Based on these quality experiences, students will be able to teach in urban and suburban schools. Finally, the program will allow students to create, communicate and utilize unique ideas in K-12 Physical Education.

The Physical Education K-12 bachelor's degree is accredited by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

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Program Benefits

Students in the program will be able to:

  • interact with faculty who are known for their expertise in physical education pedagogy, motor behavior, fitness, and adapted physical education
  • gain experience in diverse field settings within the Chicago area
  • access laboratory settings and gain experience in exercise science and motor behavior
  • utilize a variety of resources, including faculty, peers, facilites, and equipment

For more information about the program, download the Student Handbook.

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education K-12 Licensure will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

The major in Physical Education K-12 Licensure prepares students to be a certified teacher in the state of Illinois.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education K-12 Licensure and the courses offered toward the degree.

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Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education (HSPE) at (773) 442-5560.

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