Degrees & Certificates
You can move your career into a new direction when you study physical education or kinesiology.
Fitness has always been a priority for schools, so physical education teachers and professionals have a clear career path. Thanks to increased efforts around physical activity, demand for personal trainers and fitness professionals is on the rise — in fact, jobs in this field regularly rank highly on annual hot job lists.
Waubonsee helps you get started in this exciting industry with our associate degree in physical education and certificate program in kinesiology, preparing you to work with school students or clients to develop and implement individual health and exercise curricula or programs.
Studying Physical Education and Kinesiology at Waubonsee
Classes are held in Waubonsee's state-of-the-art Fieldhouse, opened in 2015 and designed to link classroom content and athletic settings.
Students explore biomechanics, exercise physiology, anatomy, nutrition, sports physiology and more, and can collaborate across Waubonsee departments including Massage Therapy, Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology.
Graduates are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion.
Students on the kinesiology track are encouraged to complete an internship to gain field experience, develop skills and network with professionals in the field. There are also opportunities to become certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Working in Physical Education and Kinesiology
Helping improve the health of individuals is a rewarding career, and the range of work available to physical education and kinesiology majors is broad.
Trainers and coaches promote strength and conditioning; fitness instructors lead group or personal exercise; specialists develop active wellness initiatives for companies.
A physical education or health professional with one of these degrees or certificates can also find opportunities in sports medicine, hospitals and other settings where people strive to improve their health.
View information on costs, financing options and program length in weeks for our Kinesiology Certifcate.