Kinesiology programs

The diverse curriculum of Northwestern’s kinesiology department not only teaches you principles for healthy living, it also gives you opportunities to apply what you’re learning to help others improve their health and lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle is a strong foundation for building healthy relationships with others—both professionally and personally.

Physical Education Major

A major in physical education is designed primarily to prepare individuals to teach physical education in school settings. Students can receive teaching certification in elementary physical education and/or secondary physical education. See the education department section for the elementary and secondary endorsement requirements.

KIN 180 - Introduction to Kinesiology
KIN 202 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
KIN 206 - Teaching of Sports
KIN 230 - Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
KIN 233 - Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
KIN 250 - Techniques in Resistance Training
KIN 317 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
KIN 318 - Methods of Secondary Physical Education and Health
KIN 338 - Adapted Physical Education
KIN 360 - Sport in Societies
KIN 402 - Assessment in Physical Education
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
Competency requirements:
Pass physical fitness competency examination
Pass swimming competency examination
Choose one
Pass first aid competency with current CPR and first aid certification
KIN 104 - First Aid
Total credits required: 36-37


For students seeking the secondary teaching endorsement KIN206, Teaching of Sports and KIN318, Methods of Secondary Physical Education and Health are required. For students interested in the elementary certification KIN317, Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health is required.

Certification of competency in swimming, first aid and physical fitness must be on file in the registrar’s office prior to the last semester before graduation.