Physical Education and Health Education

What is Physical Education?

At Olivet, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education is designed to prepare future educators to teach K-12 physical education (P.E.) and become licensed in the state of Illinois.

Physical Education is a learning process that focuses on knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that are imperative for students to embrace a lifestyle of health and fitness. Through these processes, students learn how to achieve daily physical activity and personalized levels of fitness, develop physical skills and achieve knowledge for living a healthy life.

One of the greatest opportunities to influence the nation’s health and increase physical activity is to become a physical educator. Teachers can have a positive impact on both the quality and quantity of a student’s life as they are taught requisite skills that are needed to adopt a life of health and fitness.

Physical Education Program

Physical education majors will also earn an endorsement in Health Education. Physical Education majors must complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in order to become licensed in the state of Illinois.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Coaching weight training
  • Teaching aquatic skills
  • Adaptive physical education

Field Experience

Students are offered multiple field experiences with professionals at the elementary, middle and high school levels to gain the content knowledge, classroom management skills and hands-on experiences needed to be prepared for their student teaching. Olivet prides itself on the wonderful communal relationships that are provided for all education majors throughout local school districts. During student teaching, each physical education major is provided with the best learning environment possible to advance their skills and succeed in the field of education.


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Possible Careers after Graduation

  • Elementary, middle school or high school P.E. teacher
  • Elementary, middle school or high school health education teacher
  • Certified personal trainer
  • Coach
  • Fitness instructor
  • Adaptive physical education specialist
  • Outdoor educator
  • Aerobics instructor

Possible Continuing Education Careers

  • Education Administrator
  • Athletic Director
  • Assistant Athletic Director
  • Assistant Professor
  • Sports Manager
  • Curriculum Director
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal

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