May 19, 2019  

Kinesiology and Physical Education

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Associate in Arts (691)

This program prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or physical education.

The kinesiology major is a broad-based degree that prepares individuals to work in a variety of health, wellness and sport performance settings. The undergraduate curriculum can also prepare students for graduate school in exercise physiology, physical therapy, sport and exercise psychology, and sport management.

To teach physical education in Illinois public schools (grades K-12), teachers must be licensed by the State of Illinois. Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended course does not guarantee admission. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), dependent on the transfer school requirements, and the passage of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or equivalent ACT plus Writing or SAT score are required for program admission.

Information regarding Illinois standards for Professional Educator License is available on the Illinois State Board of Education Website at

General education and major field requirements vary significantly by intended transfer institution. 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 for some universities are available in Academic Advising.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354.

Criminal History Check Policy

Illinois law requires Illinois school boards to conduct a criminal background investigation on applicants for employment in educaton. 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.

Students who perform classroom observations through coursework at Sauk Valley Community College may be required by the selected school/site to undergo a criminal background check prior to placement. Students may be denied at any observation site based on the results of that check.

Students who feel their criminal background may exclude them from observation or employment should seek counseling with SVCC faculty or advising staff early in their program to determine how it may affect their participation and eligibility.

Suggested Program

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • *Math 3 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • **PED Activity 2 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16

  • Major Field/Electives 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 65


*Transfer institution will determine most appropriate mathematics course(s).

**A maximum of 66 hours plus 4 hours of activity classes can be transferred to most four-year schools.


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