Course Descriptions — Physical Education

Required Courses

PED1210 Strength Training 1 semester hour

This course is designed to improve health and fitness through training of the whole body. Training of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems using the three energy systems of the body will be addressed. Students will be exposed to method­ology of training that will include exercise: mode or type, frequency, intensity, volume, proper periodization and programming.

PED1600 Career Exploration in Coaching and Youth Sport Development 2 semester hours

This course will expose students to career opportunities in coaching and youth sport development at all levels (private, public, club, professional, collegiate, etc). An exploration of coaches’ associations, sport-specific associations, and professional licensing bodies will occur that will enhance student understanding and development in the field of coaching and youth sport development. Additionally, students will be introduced to the field of coaching through practical experience. Students will invest 75 hours in an approved site, working in an assisting capacity with a variety of coaching experiences.

Prerequisites: Students must pass a certified criminal background check and TB test (cost incurred by student).

PED2300 Coaching Principles and Techniques 4 semester hours

This course addresses the fundamentals of coaching techniques, including coach-player, coach-institution and coach-community relationships. Students study the American Sport Educa­tion Program (ASEP) materials to be eligible to sit for the ASEP Coaching Prin­ciples and Sport First Aid certification exams. This ASEP coaching certification is required to be able to coach in Illinois.


PED2330 Officiating Team Sports
2 semester hours

This course addresses the responsibilities and techniques of the official in high school sports. Sports cov­ered will depend upon the term it is offered (i.e., fall: football, volleyball soccer; spring: basketball, baseball and softball.) The course is directed toward the achievement of an Illi­nois High School Association certification.

PED2340 Sports Statistics 1 semester hour

This course prepares students for recognizing, identifying, and accurately reporting sport statistics during a live game, for the major sports of baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball. Students will become familiar with paperwork associated with NCAA score reporting forms and newspaper box scores.

PED2500 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and Illness 4 semester hours

This course addresses the recognition, first aid, prevention and care of acute injuries. This course is designed to provide fitness professionals and coaches a basic knowledge and understanding of injury prevention and acute injury care. Emphasis will be on understanding the care and prevention of athletic injuries and basic concepts of athletic training. Open to non-athletic training majors only. This course requires a lab fee.

PED3480 Sport Psychology 4 semester hours

Sport psychology is a field of study in which the principles of psychology are applied in a sports setting. These principles are often applied to enhance the ath­letic performance of teams and individuals. It also focuses on the study of per­sonal and social factors responsible for the development of citizenship, sport behavior and personality.

Electives: 3 semester hours

PED2080 First Aid/CPR 1 semester hour

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and treat injuries effectively and safely. The course will follow the guidelines estab­lished for first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. Throughout the course, students will gain knowledge and confidence in their skills by participating in practice scenarios. Upon successful completion, students who qualify will be cer­tified in lay person first aid, adult CPR/AED, child CPR/AED and infant CPR.

PED2354 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Baseball 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach baseball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2355 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Basketball 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach basketball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2364 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Football 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach football. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2365 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Golf 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach golf. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2374 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Lacrosse 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach lacrosse. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2375 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Soccer 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach soccer. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2384 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Softball 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach softball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2385 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Tennis 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach tennis. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2394 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Track/Field/Cross-Country 1 semester hour 

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach track/field/cross-country. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2395 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Volleyball 1 semester hour

This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach volleyball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.