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Physical Education

Syracuse University’s Physical Education major prepares students for teaching physical education grades K-12 in public and private schools. With specialized training in teaching methods and "in school" field experiences, the program's small class sizes allow teacher candidates to develop strong relationships with their professors and peers. Syracuse University Physical Education students develop skills and knowledge of multicultural methods and practices in urban and inclusive physical education settings that reflect an ever-changing world.

What is Physical Education?

Physical Education involves teaching Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve children the performance and understanding of basic motor skills, games, and lifelong fitness activities as well as the social and personal skills related to participating in physical activities. Physical Educators at all levels are responsible for addressing these skills on a continuum of ability levels to include meeting the needs of children with disabilities.

Why Study Physical Education at Syracuse University?

  • Small class sizes that provide a high degree of personal support and “hands-on” teaching
  • Experience (100+ hours) in schools prior to student teaching, starting spring of the first year
  • A focus on “Success for All Children” with particular emphasis on urban, inclusive, and multicultural settings
  • Nationally visible faculty members who model and collaborate on “best practices” with local schools and community groups

What courses will I take?

  • Liberal Arts and Science, Humanities, Writing, Statistics, Technology
  • Structural Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Biomechanics, Nutrition
  • Methods of Teaching Elementary, Secondary and Adapted Physical Education
  • Assessment & Curriculum, Teaching with Technology, Perspectives in Disabilities
  • Physical Fitness, Team sports, Aquatics, Dance, Adventure, Gymnastics, Ind/Dual Sports
  • View the Physical Education 4-year course planning grid.

What can I do with a Physical Education degree?

  • Students are prepared for a New York State initial certification in K-12 physical education
  • Students are prepared for reciprocity with other states
  • Teach and lead youth sports, fitness and physical activity programs
  • Students are prepared for coaching grades 7-12 in the state of New York

Advanced degrees can lead to director of physical education, adapted physical education, athletic director, or college-level coaching and teaching.

Contact information: Dr. Luis Columna, lcolumna@syr.edu or Michael Norris, mlnorris@syr.edu
820 Comstock Ave/Women's Bldg. Room 201, Syracuse, NY 13244
315-443-9699