Associate in Arts (691)
This program prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution’s catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Individualized articulation sheets are available in the Student Services Center for some transfer universities.
Work and Employment
Kinesiology and physical education graduates pursue careers as teachers, coaches, and fitness leadership. The growing awareness of the benefits of fitness may result in growth in the number of jobs available.
Kinesiology and physical education teacher licensure majors should confer with an academic advisor to select their area of specialization. General education and major field requirements vary significantly by transfer institution. Some students elect to minor in physical education and major in an academic area in demand by schools. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for program admission at most universities and passage of a basic skills test (TAP, ACT plus writing, SAT).
Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354.
Illinois Teacher Certification
The State Board of Education has adopted a standards-based approach to teaching and learning. All education majors will be required to satisfy the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and specific content standards. These standards define teacher knowledge and performance expectations. Prospective teachers will be required to complete certification assessments based on the standards and indicators. Students are encouraged to maintain a portfolio of course projects/papers while at SVCC. For more information: www.isbe.net. The state of Illinois provides special teacher certification, grades K-12, in this area.
Criminal History Check Policy
Illinois law requires Illinois school boards to conduct a criminal background investigation on applicants for employment. This law also prohibits the employment of a person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit any one or more of a number of offenses. At present, offenses include first degree murder; any Class X felony; juvenile pimping; soliciting for a juvenile prostitute; exploitation of a child; obscenity; child pornography; harmful material; criminal sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual assault; offenses set forth in the Cannabis Control Act; and crimes defined in the Illinois Controlled Substance Act. Employment must be denied whether the offenses and/or conviction occurred inside or outside the state of Illinois.
All students entering the initial observation course must first submit to a criminal background check (CBC). You will be notified by the College of the fees, date, time and location of the finger printing process. In addition, students listed on the Illinois Sex Offenders Registry, Illinois Violent Offender Against Youth Registry and the National Sex Offenders Registry will be denied entrance into these programs.
If any of the above returns with an incident “hit”, you will be notified and need to meet with SVCC faculty/staff who will review your results and review how it might affect your ability to participate in these programs. An adverse decision may be appealed through the institutional academic appeal process.