Physical Education at NIU
Bachelor of Science in Education

Start students on the path to health and wellness.

When someone develops healthy habits when they're young, it impacts their entire life. You can help students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn the importance of health and wellness by majoring in physical education. It's a rewarding way to share your love of being active while promoting students’ social and emotional development.

I wanted to study physical education because I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I love to be active. Being a physical education teacher allows me to be active and do what I love.

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What Can I Do With a Physical Education Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to teach students in public and private elementary, intermediate and secondary schools in Illinois.

The healthy habits you help develop in your students can have a positive effect on their families and communities, as well.

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Career Potential for NIU Physical Education Majors

Median annual wage:


Top industries:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Government

Top skills:

  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Instructing
  • Learning strategies
  • Reading comprehension

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O-Net Online, 2023

What to Expect as a Physical Education Major at NIU

Our program focuses on more than physical activity. You’ll also learn about social and emotional development and the cognitive and behavioral changes students experience. You’ll have opportunities to participate in teaching experiences at elementary and secondary levels.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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First-year Students

High School GPA

3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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