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, core courses.

Health Education 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 (12 credit hours 300/400 level) required to teach Driver Education in the State of Illinois. See Endorsements section in the left column above for more information.

Physical Education 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.

Prevention and Treatment

This is an introductory course emphasizing prevention and treatment of injuries particular to athletics and recreational activities. Rehabilitation procedures are included. Offered fall and spring semester. (ES130)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid

Response, care, and treatment in emergency situations are the primary focuses of this course. Personal and community safety and disaster response will be addressed. CPR certification for workplace and home is included. (ES140)

Personal and Community Health

This is an introductory course surveying topics and issues pertaining to the health/wellness classroom. Developing the wellness concept; physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental, and spiritual well-being are discussed. Offered fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Exercise Science and Sport majors only. (ES160)

Introduction to Safety Education This is a foundation course designed to provide standard information on safety and accident prevention in the school environment, as well as in the workplace and home. Identifying safety hazards and education for proactive rather than reactive responses is a major emphasis. (ES202)
Foundations of Physical Education This course is an introduction to the discipline of exercise science. Study of the history and evolution of Physical Education, current practices in the school environment, and expanded career options in the discipline of exercise science will be discussed. Assessing current practices and fundamental characteristics and expectations of physical education programs will be explored. (ES204)
Kinesiology This course focuses upon the anatomical understanding of the human body, with emphasis on biomechanics, origin, insertion, action, and innervation of the primary muscles used in human movement. (ES310)
Sport Skills Instruction This practicum engages Health, Fitness & 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)
Growth and Motor Development Study of child, adolescent, and adult motor development will be the primary focus. Reference to similarities and differences in motor development through the lifespan of the individual will be emphasized. Secondary considerations of the cognitive, social, and emotional development will be included. (ES325)
Practicum in Group Fitness The practicum engages Health, Fitness & 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 group fitness activities. (ES352)
Physical Education Seminar The seminar reviews instructional units for the Physical Education major and prepares students for the physical education state content exam. (ES380)
Methods in Elementary Physical Education This course is designed to provide current teaching styles and practices for the elementary student. Special emphasis on scope and sequence for learning sport skills, efficient body mechanics, creative movement, and locomotion skills will be included. Development of an ongoing, balanced curriculum for the growing child will be included. Teaching strategies and adaptations for special needs students will be explored. (ES401)
Physiology of Exercise This course 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. (ES410)
Physiology of Exercise Lab Taken in conjunction with ES410. For the lab part of this course, students will gain knowledge of the acute and chronic changes that physiologically occur in the body in response to exercise through demonstration and laboratory experiences. Course and lab cannot be taken independent of one another. (ES411)
Secondary Curriculum Development of PE Curriculum theory and design applicable to the physical education classroom are the major focus areas of this course. Scope and sequence within the curricular format of fitness development, individual, dual and team sports and recreational activities will be highlighted. Integrating physical education goals and philosophy will be emphasized. (ES425)
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. (ES431)