Benedictine's new physical education program promotes healthy lifestyle

Benedictine's new physical education program promotes healthy lifestyle
July 9, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Studies have shown that an active lifestyle is directly related to a longer, healthier life. Physical education contributes to the physical, emotional, mental and social development of the individual, and reflects the Benedictine value of a life lived in balance. The new Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education (P.E.) program at Benedictine University emphasizes the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for daily physical activity. It addresses the significant health problems young people face today in the area of exercise, obesity, nutrition and knowledge of healthful living. Benedictine’s new P.E. program, which will lead to a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Illinois, was approved by the Illinois State Board of Education at its June 18 meeting in Springfield. Students interested in pursuing a P.E. major may enroll for the Fall 2009 semester. P.E.-specific courses will be offered beginning in Fall 2010. Benedictine University’s physical education program is designed for students who want to be on the forefront on new thinking and practices. It is based on PE4Life®, which emphasizes assessment of the individual student and an individualized program of exercise and healthful living designed to develop that student’s physical functioning. Students who major in physical education at Benedictine University follow a four-year plan of liberal arts and education courses. They become grounded in the relevant basic sciences and developmental physical activities. They also learn the sports and coaching skills that are used in schools today. Students benefit from Benedictine’s outstanding reputation in teacher education and the strengths of its programs in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Health. Students have access to one of the premier exercise physiology laboratories in the Midwest in the Human Performance Laboratory in the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science. Throughout the program, students will complete preclinical experiences designed for physical education settings in grades K-12. During their senior year, physical education majors are required to complete a semester of student teaching divided equally between an elementary and secondary environment. A degree in physical education opens the door to a number of exciting and dynamic careers. Graduates can choose a career in recreation, sports coaching, athlete conditioning, corporate fitness and wellness consulting. The degree program can be combined with Benedictine’s minor programs in sports marketing and sports management. Students with a degree in physical education can also pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology or community health. Primarily, however, a degree in physical education prepares a student to become a teacher in an elementary, middle or secondary school environment. For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education program at Benedictine University, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or by e-mail at admissions@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.