About the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE) is one of six departments in the College of Education. The department possesses a nationally and internationally renowned faculty serving students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed. Physical Education Teacher Licensure) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Kinesiology and Sport Management. The graduate faculty, comprised of top scholars in their fields, teach and mentor graduate students in programs including a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management, Master of Science in Athletic Training, and Master of Science in Education (M.S.) with specializations in exercise physiology, physical education pedagogy, and sport and exercise psychology.


Our programs are accredited to ensure the highest level of education. We are currently accredited by or a member of:

Global Presence

NIU is a global institution with academic, research and familial ties to a number of countries around the globe. Parallel to these ties, our department also has a strong international presence -- with faculty hailing from (and/or conduct research programs in) countries such as Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Venezuela. As a result, our educational philosophy combines academic and service-based programs that encourage students and faculty to become more aware and more socially responsible citizens of tomorrow's world and work jointly to help solve problems -- both globally and domestically.

To learn more about our global presence, explore the Division of International Affairs, get information about the International Admissions process, International Student and Faculty Office and Study Abroad program.

Just one look and you will quickly discover that we play important roles in fostering and facilitating these international relationships and endeavors.

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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Anderson Hall 221
DeKalb, IL 60115
P: 815-753-1407
F: 815-753-1413

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