North Central College - Naperville, IL

Physical Education

Teaching Physical Education: K-12 Certification Program

If you like the idea of helping young people develop skills, habits and attitudes that promote health and fitness, you might consider teaching physical education as a profession. Our undergraduate K-12 certification program will prepare you to teach at the elementary, middle or secondary school level.

You’ll take courses with a strong education background as well as courses focused on a broad spectrum of quality physical education instruction. Next, you’ll have opportunities to apply what you learned in the classroom in school practicum assignments where you’ll integrate and practice your skills through field experiences.

Our faculty members work with you throughout your teaching experiences and, when you’re ready to student teach, guide you in refining your teaching techniques at some of the nation’s top public schools. Our faculty have vast experience in K-12 settings and are committed to the serious study of education and promoting professional classroom standards.

Program distinctions

  • completed within four years
  • because of North Central’s prime location in Naperville, you’ll have opportunities to secure positions in some of the Midwest’s premier and highest paying school districts
  • minors are available in coaching, teaching health education or wellness
  • approved by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and Illinois State Board of Education

Minors are also options that you might want to consider.
A minor in Teaching Health Education provides the option of teaching health in elementary or secondary schools and is also a good choice if you are interested in the nutrition field. In addition, our Wellness minor takes a holistic approach to wellness and activity planning. Is coaching in your future? Then consider a coaching minor that includes an internship with the age group that you want to work with in the future. If you are a fitness enthusiast, with a passion for working with students, a physical education minor might be just right for you!

Health & P.E. Programs

The Department of Health and Physical Education is home to majors in

and to minors in