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Students interested in becoming licensed to teach physical education at the elementary, middle or high school level must complete all the Rockford University requirements, physical education core requirements, a minor in secondary education, and additional general education requirements toward a Professional Educator’s License (PEL).
In addition, to receive a Professional Educator’s License (PEL) in Illinois, students must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Content test, and the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) as required by the state of Illinois. Additional information including testing dates, registration information, and study guides are available at the IL Licensure Testing Systems website at www.icts.nesinc.com.
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For information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).
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A wide range of career opportunities exists for graduates in physical education.
Students pursuing the exercise science track are introduced to careers in medical science, sport medicine, and personal training fields. Students will gain an understanding of how the body reacts to exercise and how to improve function and ability in others. Exercise science could be a springboard for graduate programs such as athletic training and sports medicine.
Students who pursue teaching licensure have found employment at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in and around the region. Rockford University enjoys a strong reputation for its teacher preparation program.
Students who pursue sport management have found employment opportunities with professional and semi-professional sports organizations, park districts, youth groups, recreational centers, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, fitness centers, and wellness clubs.
In addition, graduates in both programs of study are well prepared to pursue graduate studies. Many graduates have received graduate assistantships from universities around the region and country.
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The Department of Physical Education offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees with an emphasis in exercise science, teaching, or sport management. In addition, the Department of Physical Education offers minors in coaching, exercise science, health, and sport management. The program of study is focused on the art and science of human movement and sport, which includes these elements:
Major and Tracks/Concentrations:
Course Descriptions and Requirements
Rockford University’s Physical Education department offers students the opportunity to major in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science, sport management, or teaching.
More information in the Academic Catalog.
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At Rockford University, we understand the importance of physical activity in everyone’s life. So did our alumna, Jane Addams. From creating the country’s first playground at her social settlement Hull-House in Chicago to serving on the executive board of the National Playground Association, she paved the way for bringing physical activity into people’s everyday lives.
Our physical education program prepares competent students to excel in the fields of exercise science, sport management, and teaching. Physical Education majors choose between three tracks: exercise science, sport management, or teaching. Students pursuing exercise science are able to apply science concepts in a variety of exercise science professions and earn a Health minor. Students seeking sport management apply business concepts and principles in a sport setting and earn a Business minor. Students exploring teacher licensure are prepared to teach physical education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and earn a K-12 Education minor. Physical Education majors are engaged in authentic learning experiences and interdisciplinary coursework throughout their program of study which includes clinical settings and internships. If you are interested in studying exercise science, sport management, or teaching physical education, consider joining the physical education team.
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