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Physical Education teachers need to have an understanding of the content taught throughout the physical education programs from the Pre-Kindergarten  to the secondary school level. DePaul’s program requires that students in the Physical Education licensure program take the courses listed below.  Coursework must be completed before beginning student teaching.  This program leads to eligibility for a Professional Educator License (PEL) for Physical Education in Preschool to grade 12.  Courses are taken at the undergraduate level and do not lead to a degree.

The requirements below are those approved by the Illinois State Board of Education December 2015.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Physical Education Licensure program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed College of Education undergraduate application
  • Application fee ($40)
  • One official transcript from each college and/or university attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employer
  • Resume
  • A brief statement which explains your reasons for wanting to enter the Physical Education licensure program at DePaul and discusses your potential for becoming a teacher.

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
PE 121SWIMMING2
PE 151GYMNASTICS2
PE 213FOLK-SOCIAL DANCE2
Team sport of choice (Choose 2):4
FLAG FOOTBALL
VOLLEYBALL
SOCCER
SOFTBALL
TRACK AND FIELD
BASKETBALL
Individual sport of choice (choose 2):4
AEROBIC CONDITIONING
BEGINNING WEIGHT TRAINING
ADVANCED AEROBIC CONDITIONING
YOGA
TENNIS
GOLF
BIO 201HUMAN ANATOMY4
BIO 202HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
PE 206PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH4
PE 311MOTOR DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFE SPAN4
PE 317PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL4
PE 325LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SETTING4
PE 341HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION4
PE 351KINESIOLOGY4
PE 352PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE4
PE 360EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND MEASUREMENT OF LEARNING4
PE 372METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUC CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION-SECONDARY SCHL4
PE 374ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION4

 Student Teaching: 12 Quarter Hours Required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.

Course Title Quarter Hours
PE 378PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (grade of B- or better required)6
PE 379PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION (grade of B- or better required)6
PE 384PHYSICAL EDUCATION CAPSTONE (grade of C or better required)4
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-credit, non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Physical Education majors must complete the following tests:

  • Physical Education Content Area Test (test #144) – assesses knowledge of health-related physical fitness, movement and skill acquisition, the role of physical education in promoting development, and the physical education program in schools. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

Field Experiences

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate lab settings in conjunction with education courses. Students are required to complete the required field experiences  assigned in each course and must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. Hours previously completed during courses taken for the BS may be counted if verification or documentation can be provided. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.

Important Note

Note that the Physical Education Licensure program listed above does not lead to a degree.