Physical Education, Associate in Arts



Program Code: 0210


The Physical Education pathway begins your preparation to teach physical education to K-12 students. Physical Education teachers are also required to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and obtain a Professional Educators License with a Physical Education endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Get started now by earning your associate degree from City Colleges, transfer to a four-year teacher certification program as a junior, and start a career in Physical Education.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Physical Education. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

For information regarding teaching, licensure and certification requirements for the State of Illinois, please visit It is important to note that students must pass Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) test, or have 22 composite ACT score and minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion, or have a composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language for entrance into four-year College of Education institutions. 

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 118 General Education Math 1 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
EDUC 101 Introduction To Education 2 3
HEALTH 250 Health Education 2 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Human Biology 1
or Introduction to Anatomy And Physiology
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
Select one of the following: 2
Intro to Physical Education 2
Physical Education course 2
Physical Education course 2 2
Semester 3
History of American People To 1865 1
or History of American People From 1865
EDUC 102
Using Technology in The Class 2
or Students With Disabilities in School
ANTHRO 202 Cultural Anthropology 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
Intro to Diversity/Ethnic Studies (HD) 1
Humanities course (HD) 1
BIOLOGY 107 Nutrition-Consumer Education 2 3
Semester 4
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
POL SCI 201 The National Government 1 3
EDUC 203 Educational Psychology 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ethics 1
Fine Arts & Humanties course 1
Physical Sciences course 1 3
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.