Program Highlights

A Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Teacher License prepares professionals to teach physical education and coach in a school setting. Millikin offers State of Illinois teaching endorsements in Health Education, Safety and Driver Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language.

Teacher License

To become licensed to teach Physical Education, teacher candidates must complete:

  • Required Exercise Science & Sport coursework for Physical Education
  • University graduation requirements
  • Required Department of Education, professional education core of courses.

Health Endorsement

Millikin Physical Education Teacher Candidates will earn 24 credit hours of specific coursework (12 credit hours 300/400 level) required by the State of Illinois. Candidates must also pass the Health Content Test. You can register online for the Content Test.

Safety and Driver Education Endorsement

Millikin Physical Education Teacher Candidates will earn 24 hours of coursework required to teach Driver Education in the State of Illinois.  See Endorsements section in the left column above for more information.

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Sport Technology Sport organizations and sport media increasingly use technology to communicate, market products and services; assists sport instruction and administer sport and recreation activities.  The course is a survey and introduction of software used by sport organizations. S (ES120)
Practicum Sport Management I The first practicum in a series of four integrative experiences for Sport Management majors is an introductory experiential learning opportunity.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised professional experiences in campus sport and fitness organizations. (ES131)
Intro to Driver's Education The course is the first required course for the Driver Education endorsement and is an introduction to driver education including
driving task analysis. (ES201)
Foundations Health/Fitness/Recreation Exercise science encompasses a growing number of sub-disciplines, each aimed at integrating the unique demands of movement and the basic science associated with the sub-discipline.  The aim of this course is for students to learn the introductory science and basic concepts of exercise, movement and healthy behaviors.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for career preparation in the major sub-disciplines of health, fitness, athletic performance and recreation. (ES206)
Foundations of Sport Mgmt. The course surveys the functional areas of contemporary sport management and the career preparation of professionals in the field.  Students will be introduced to the historical background, unique nature and current issues in sport management. (ES210)
Practicum Sport Management II The second practicum in a series of four integrative experiences for Sport Management majors is an introductory experiential learning opportunity.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised professional experiences in intercollegiate athletics. (ES231)
Intercollegiate Athletics Each seminar will bring unique features to the classroom in the field of sport management. Topics featured include, but are not limited to: event management, behavioral dimensions in the sport culture, ethics in sport management, interpersonal and mass communication, fund raising, sport finance, legal aspects of sport management, leadership, sport law, officiating, special population needs, facility management, and strategic planning and forecasting. Required for Sport Management emphasis. Open to all students. Prerequisite: junior standing. (ES281)
Event and Venue Management This course integrates the various management functions of public assembly facilities and planning sport events.  Students focus on advanced management principles, practices and methods. (ES300)
Driver Education Methods Preparing educators for the classroom portion of driver education in secondary schools is the focus of this course. State mandates, traffic safety requirements, "Rules of the Road" information, and planning for the in-the-car phase of the training will be incorporated. A survey of materials and methods proven to be effective will be included. Required for driver education endorsement. Education majors only.  Prerequisite: ES 201 (ES301)
Sport Skills Instruction This practicum engages Health, Fitness and recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in planning and implementing personal training activities. (ES320)
Community Nutrition This course will examine the role of nutrition in promoting overall health in diverse populations in the community.  Nutrition needs across the lifespan will be explored.  Population-specific community resources and educational tools will be reviewed.  Students will study the financial, sociological, and political aspects of nutrition and community health.  Service learning projects and opportunities are integrated into the course. (ES329)
Practicum in Health Promotions The practicum engages Health, Fitness and Recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in the campus and local community. (ES330)
Sport Management Practicum. III The third practicum in a series of four integrative experiences for Sport Management majors is an introductory experiential learning opportunity.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised professional experiences in intercollegiate athletics. (ES331)
Practicum in Sport Performance This practicum engages Health, Fitness and recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in planning and implementing personal training activities. (ES350)
Practicum in Recreation This practicum engages Health, Fitness and recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in planning and implementing personal training activities. (ES351)
Athletic Training Seminar Passing the Board of Certification (BOC) examination is required in order to practice in the field of Athletic Training in the State of Illinois.  This course is designed to focus on the individual preparation for the BOC by developing strategies that address the critical thinking and testing taking skills needed to successfully pass the examination. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive review for the BOC.  Required for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: Senior status within the Athletic Training Program (ATP). (ES365)
Physical Education Seminar The seminar reviews instructional units for the Physical Education major and prepares students for the physical education state content exam. (ES380)
Sport Marketing Sport Marketing applies marketing principles and techniques to sport including sport events, sport products, ticket sales and sport sponsorship.  Marketing strategies including sales, promotions, public relations and advertising of sport will be emphasized. (ES400)
Physiology of Exercise Lab This lab is designed to facilitate understanding in how the body reacts and adapts to exercise. Attention to the methods and principles of exercise testing is covered in detail. The course includes practical application of principles through laboratory experiences. Importance and purpose, physiological rationale, methodology, analysis and discussion of exercise and the human body are all included. Offered fall semester. Required for Athletic Training and Fitness and Sport majors. Open to all students. Prerequisite: Biology 204 or Biology 206. Co-requistie ES410 (ES411)
Advanced Methods in Driver Ed The Advanced Driver Education course presents laboratory work to prepare for instruction of multiple-car programs, driving simulation and emergency evasive driving. (ES423)
Adaptive Physical Education Studying the diverse and complex nature of the atypical student in the educational environment is the focus of this course.  Creating an atmosphere in the gymnasium that leads to success for all students will be explored. Adapting activities, testing, and skill development for the physically challenged will be included. Offered fall semester.  Required for Physical Education majors. (ES431)
Sport Nutrition This course will look at the interactive nature between nutrition, sport, and sport performance in all athletes and proficiency levels.  Sports nutrition basics, screening and assessment, sports nutrition across the lifespan, and sport-specific nutrition guidelines are reviewed and discussed. (ES440)
Community Nutrition & Fitness Practicum. This course will apply population-specific nutrition and fitness concepts from health-related nutrition, community nutrition, and sports nutrition to create a deliver population-specific health messages to the Decatur Community.  Gaps in knowledge and challenges unique to each of the cohorts will be explored and subsequently integrated into programming for each of the cohorts including children, adolescents, adult, athletes and coaching staff, and the aging population. (ES443)
Athletic Training Administration This course will expose students to materials and techniques designed for the acquisition of higher level Athletic Training skills.  This course is designed to focus on and build skills in organization, administration, and risk management as it pertains to the profession of Athletic Training.  Information regarding professional responsibilities, professional development, regulatory agencies, legal and ethical standards, and evidence based practices will also be addressed.  This class serves as the departmental capstone for Athletic Training majors only. (ES450)
Practicum in Personal Fitness This practicum engages Health, Fitness and recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in planning and implementing personal training activities. (ES460)