Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Physical Education

Do you enjoy working with people?
Do topics like exercise, nutrition, the brain, psychology, and physiology peak your curiosity?
Are you interested in empowering people to be well and to experience positive health outcomes?

If you answered yes, then the Physical Education program could be the major for you!

While studying for a career in physical education, the student will develop skills, knowledge and techniques required of contemporary physical educators. The development and continued well-being of the human body also lies within the domain of physical education.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Physical Education is to facilitate the teaching of physical education concepts, the development of skills, and the provision of opportunities for students to become physically educated persons who respect and value wellness and lifelong learning. This is achieved through the study and application of human movement principles via coursework and experiences related to physical activity, exercise and sport.

McKendree’s Physical Education program is NCATE accreditted.

2014-2015 Program Catalog

Major Tracks

Physical Education

Students seeking teacher education certification must complete the requirements for both the Illinois Initial Secondary (Type 09) and the Initial Special K-12 (Type 10) certificates. You must also take and pass the physical education content area test. Non-teaching majors must complete the required physical education coursework and are encouraged to complete an internship in a physical education related setting.


•   Physical Education endorsement

•   Health Education endorsement

•   Drivers Education endorsement

Related Minors

•   Physical Education (24 credits)

•   Coaching (19 credits)

•   Sports Performance (31 credits)

•   Health & Wellness (24 credits)


With interest in wellness and recreation at its peak, you’ll have a variety of career options, such as:

•   Teaching K-12 Physical Education

•   Fitness Instructor

•   Coaching

•   Clinic Instructor

•   Camp Administrator

•   Athletic Director

•   Personal Trainer

•   Strength and Conditioning Training (CSES)

•   YMCA Administrator/Director

•   YMCA Instructor

•   Youth Community Program Coordinator

Meet the Faculty

Harry StathamHarry M. Statham, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Melvin Price Convocation Center (MPCC) 1st Floor
(618) 537-6871

Deanne RiessDeanne Riess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Education
Clark Hall 202B
(618) 537-6983


Scott ColbyScott Colby

Instructor of Physical Education
Clark Lower Level (LL) 6
(618) 537-6933