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Physical Education Minor


The Physical Education minor at Saint Xavier University is designed for students interested in adding knowledge and concepts of physical education to their major course of study. Physical Education is the phase of education concerned with the teaching of skills, collaboration and communication with others, understanding cognitive and physical development, examining attitudes and theories in physical activity, and exploring the mechanics of human movement. The primary goal of the physical education program at Saint Xavier University is to enhance the quality of life of our students for lifelong wellness.

Students will gain:

  • A broad theoretical and conceptual foundation of physical education designed to encourage the philosophical, psycho-social, scientific, ethical and legal concepts of the profession.
  • The opportunity to experience and participate in a variety of physical education, health and coaching courses that meet their individual needs.
  • Preparation for careers such as educators, recreational leaders, and coaches with continued study leading to various careers in education administration, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy and public health.
  • Exploration in physical, mental and spiritual health to provide knowledge for instruction in lifelong wellness.

Minor Requirements

Students interested in completing the Physical Education minor in order to earn a subsequent endorsement on their Professional Educator License (PEL) must be majoring in secondary education or currently hold a secondary teaching license in Illinois. Students who elect to minor in physical education must complete 20 hours from the Health Sciences division, choosing from those that carry formal academic credit. Any of the coaching classes or any special topics course from other departments designated appropriate to fulfill the requirement may be taken. Additionally, you will need to earn a passing score on the Illinois State Board physical education (213) content exam. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.