Physical education professionals strive to develop in individuals the lifelong athletic skills and awareness that will promote healthy lifestyles and physical fitness. Enthusiasm and patience, tact, good communications and organizational skills are a must. Those with a love of applied athletic skills and a passion for teaching may find the perfect career path in the Physical Education program at Concordia University Chicago. Bachelor's degree programs can prepare students to become elementary or secondary teachers, fitness instructors, athletic coaches or athletic directors.
Physical education majors mostly go on to careers in education. This degree will prepare you to work with secondary-level students ranging from sixth through twelfth grade and elementary through secondary-level students ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
As part of your course requirements, you will take a student teaching semester, which place you in one of many city, suburban, public and private schools throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
General Course Information
You are required to take courses focusing on the different areas of activity, theory, science and pedagogy. Activity courses cover fitness and wellness, weight training and cardiovascular activities, as well as the pedagogy of these activities. You will take a theory course introducing you to the principles and perspectives of human performance.
As for required science courses, you will take anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, physical science and growth and development. In addition, you will take pedagogy courses in water safety, fitness activities, curriculum, technology and more. Also, you will take a variety of teaching methods courses.
Because of CUC’s location, there are numerous opportunities for students to learn in both public and private schools, and in special education and multicultural settings throughout metro Chicago and its nearby suburbs. You will have the opportunity to work with diverse populations once you begin your observation and student teaching coursework.