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Physical Education Degree



Why a B.S. Degree in Physical Education?

If you enjoy empowering others through exercise, nutrition, and the well-being of the human body, then Physical Education could be the major for you! McKendree’s bachelor’s degree in Physical Education includes interactive coursework in such areas as physiology, human movement, and psychology and equips students with the skills and techniques required of contemporary K-12 physical educators.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Physical Education Major

Housed under the Division of Health Professions, the B.A. in Physical Education prepares students to teach in secondary schools, as well as obtain a K-12 special teaching license in the state of Illinois.

Physical education majors must complete the teacher education certification requirements for both the Initial Secondary Type (Type 09) and the Initial Special K-12 (Physical Education) Certificate Type (Type 10).

Students must also complete professional education requirements listed in the School of Education program, including successful completion of the Teaching Performance Assessment (EDU 499).

2023-2024 Program Catalog





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McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Graduates receive a Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with an endorsement in K-12 physical education

  • Easily combined with other majors, such as education and sports psychology, that set you apart from the competition
  • Exciting internships to prepare you for a career even before you graduate
  • Student clubs and organizations give you the chance to meet others and take part in educational and service projects related to health and wellness




Employment Opportunities

With a widespread interest in wellness and recreation in today’s society, 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




Interesting Courses


  • Principles of Endurance

  • Motor Development

  • Kinesiology



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Wonders of Wellness

  • Fitness Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer (affiliated with the American Cancer Society)

  • Pre-Professional Students in Health Care

  • Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Honor Society)




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