Physical Education Program

In recent years, careers in physical education have become more specialized. Students interested in physical education or related fields find numerous career opportunities in teaching, coaching, management, marketing, finance, health promotion, rehabilitation, recreation and wellness/fitness. Most of these positions require a bachelor's degree, and some require special certifications or advanced study. Teaching, coaching and administrative positions are available in schools and colleges. Agencies that provide preventative exercise programs include health clubs, corporate centers, commercial agencies, and community organizations such as recreation departments and YMCAs.

Rehabilitative exercise programs are usually conducted in health-related settings such as hospitals, clinics and sports medicine facilities. Wellness programs are growing in popularity. Exercise prescription, smoking cessation, stress management, healthy eating and weight control are popular program areas.

Coursework in exercise physiology, health, psychology and business increase the potential for opportunities in the physical education field.

The College of DuPage Physical Education program enables students to build the foundation for and receive credit toward a baccalaureate degree. Courses numbered 1101 to 1932 emphasize physical fitness, individual sport skills, team sport skills, lifetime sport skills and non-traditional courses. Courses above the 2200 level are designed to prepare the physical education student for a transfer program and/or a career in physical education.

The athletic program at College of DuPage includes one of the largest offering of men's and women's sports of any community college in the United States. Each year, several College of DuPage sports teams are nationally ranked and qualify for national competition. 

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework. 

Degree and Certificate Information

Faculty Advisors

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Deb DiMatteo
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 121Q, (630) 942-2629

Earl Reed
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 121R, (630) 942-2426

Gail Tait
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 121L, (630) 942-2587

Jane Vatchev
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 121M, (630) 942-3329

LuAnn Zimmick
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 121K, (630) 942-2362

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331.

Gainful Employment Information

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3+1 Program

COD and Concordia University 3+1 Degree Program in Sports & Recreation Mgmt.