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With a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Lindenwood University-Belleville, you’ll learn how to engage children and young adults through physical activity and inspire habits that build a healthy lifestyle.

About Physical Education at Lindenwood University-Belleville

Teachers and coaches have the unique ability to make a difference in the lives of the next generation. Our physical education program gives you the tools you need to succeed in an exciting career in teaching, coaching, or health services.

Physical Education Faculty

As highly trained active or retired school superintendents, principals, and teachers, the education faculty at Lindenwood University-Belleville are dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. Their real world experience influences and directs their teaching style and the concepts you’ll learn from them. You’ll also benefit from their strong connections to local school districts and their continued support and guidance even after graduation.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education

When you major in physical education, you’ll take classes on the psychological and sociological aspects of physical education, physiology of exercise, officiating team sports, and coaching with character. A semester of student teaching will also give you on-the-job experience and introduce you to possible employers and networking contacts.

Successful completion of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s elementary education program qualifies you for entitlement for a Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for Physical Education K-12 issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Accreditation for Lindenwood University-Belleville Education Programs

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The university’s School of Education is also a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

What to do with a Physical Education Degree

The BA in physical education prepares you for a career working with students in grades K-12. Graduates most often find jobs as physical education teachers in elementary, middle, or high school settings. They’re also hired as health instructors, personal trainers, coaches, and fitness specialists.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for elementary, middle, and high school teachers meets the national average of six percent growth rate. The annual median salary for elementary school teachers is $54,550, and for high school teachers, it’s $57,200.

Educators New to Illinois

If you are currently an educator seeking Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), you may be granted an Educator License with Stipulations if your certificate is deficient. Lindenwood University-Belleville offers you four graduate-level courses approved by ISBE to meet these requirements. The courses are available online.

EDS 53000: Introduction and Methods of Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Setting

EDS 50305: Methods of Teaching Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication

EDS 50705: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area

TESOL 54000: TESOL Methods

Contact the Lindenwood University-Belleville Education Department

For more information about the physical education program at Lindenwood University-Belleville, contact the Education Department at (618) 239-6092.



Lindenwood University
2600 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226