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Physical Education major
Why Study Physical Education?

The opportunity to instill the value of exercise and sport—which is known to benefit our mental and physical health—has grown increasingly critical as our nation faces mounting public health challenges. You will gain a scientific foundation in human movement and be prepared to become a teacher or coach, providing leadership in educational and recreational settings to help others develop athletic skills and healthy behaviors that will last a lifetime.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

Our program offers the scientific training and professional development you will need for a career as a teacher or coach. With an emphasis on serving diverse populations while learning together with North Park students of different cultural backgrounds, we teach physical education curriculum development and methods that you will be able to apply in a classroom, community recreation club, or private athletic facility.

Careers In Physical Education

Physical education majors attain leadership positions in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, park districts, and other recreational settings, working as teachers, coaches, athletic directors, and park district leaders, among others.

Alumni Careers
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • High School Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Athletic Apparel Entrepreneur
  • Park District Administrator
Alumni Profile

Being a part of North Park’s diverse community and taking full advantage of living in Chicago prepared Andra Hjelm Dalton C‘06 to work as a physical education teacher with colleagues and students from different backgrounds.

Read about Andra’s experience.

Andra Dalton, Physical Education alumnus
Meet the Faculty

For more than 34 years, Tony Quinn has turned physical education majors into skilled teachers who share knowledge with their students and go on to achieve leadership roles in the field.

Learn more about Tony Quinn and the physical education faculty.

Anthony Quinn
Teacher Certification/Practicum Experiences

Students who want to teach physical education in elementary or secondary schools will complete the K–12 certification education sequence through North Park’s School of Education. Advisors from both the PE major and School of Education will make sure you are on track for the requirements you need—including student teaching experience in a Chicago public school, a private school, and a suburban school—to graduate ready to teach as a fully-qualified educator.

Learn more about the courses and requirements for physical education and K-12 certification.