Physical Education

Physical fitness and sports are big parts of college life for many students. They can also be key to leading a successful and healthy life. Learning to exercise regularly and the teamwork and strategy from sports are important for your education.

In addition to taking a coaching certification to get you eligible to take the American Sport Education Program certification, which allows you to coach in Illinois schools, you can take classes in First Aid, volleyball, soccer, yoga, baseball, golf, and more.

Oakton College's Physical Education department provides you with the chance to pursue your own physical fitness while earning credit hours. We utilize the most up-to-date research and contemporary teaching strategies to ensure total body fitness and lifelong learning.

A variety of our fitness and wellness courses take advantage of our well-equipped Fitness Center supervised by qualified professors and instructors. Other classes focus on physical education theory and the practice of sports skills. Some courses are designed for students who prefer an online approach or those whose schedule does not allow for traditional class meetings.

We also offer a number of classes that provide a starting point and a wealth of useful knowledge if you are interested in pursuing a career as a physical educator, coach, or physical therapist assistant. Recent Physical Education department students have gone to careers in teaching, coaching, recreation, and some medical fields.

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

There are many benefits of physical education in schools. When students get physical education, they can:

  • Increase their level of physical activity.
  • Improve their grades and standardized test scores.
  • Stay on-task in the classroom.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Potential Careers

  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Recreation
  • Some medical fields

Enrolling at Oakton College can save you thousands of dollars and help you earn more over the course of your career. Our tuition is among the lowest in the region, and we offer many ways to bring your costs down even more.

99 percent of Oakton students graduate without debt.

To help you get there, you can apply for a scholarship, which you don’t have to pay back. We award $12 million in scholarships annually. Financial Aid includes grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance that can reduce your costs of attending college.

We offer payment options that give you control over how you pay. Pay all at once or spread your payments over the course of the semester.

Learn more about your options for paying for your education

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Your first step before you begin your studies is filling out an admission application and completing your enrollment process.

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Meet Your Faculty

Get to know our knowledgeable and energetic Physical Education faculty.

Michael Graves, Chair
Professor of Physical Education
B.S. Chicago State University
M.S. West Virginia University
Ed.D. West Virginia University
Office: Room 1340, Des Plaines

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