Physical Education Department

Our mission is to prepare physical educators who will make a difference in their communities and the lives of their students.

Our outstanding faculty and a wide range of challenging study options are just two of the reasons why SUNY Cortland’s Physical Education Department is one of the best and most highly regarded in the nation. If you’re interested in becoming a physical education teacher, a coach or both, Cortland just may be the perfect choice.

The major encompasses courses on effective teaching and curriculum planning along with as broad a spectrum of sports and fitness activities as you can imagine. You’ll integrate physical education theory with hands-on practice utilizing a range of teaching styles as you complete 100 hours of fieldwork in addition to student teaching. A highlight of your education will be a two week camp at Raquette Lake, Cortland’s historic and stunningly beautiful wilderness retreat in the Adirondacks.

Cortland has one of the largest and most highly respected physical education teacher-education programs in the country. You’ll gain the skills, experience and credentials that pave your way to a rewarding career.

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Try Something New During Healthy Campus Week

Students can win prizes by helping SUNY Cortland prove it's one of the nation's healthiest campuses

Education Leader Stays Loyal to Alma Mater

Orphaned at 9, Peter Kachris '56 said Cortland set him on the right path.

Five Physical Education Student Teachers Commended

The five were honored with Lenore K. Alway and Anthony P. Tesori Awards.

College Joins Select Company in ‘Healthier’ Campus Initiative

SUNY Cortland is one of the earliest campus participants in a growing national movement.

Cortland Adapted PE Expert Presents at the United Nations

Timothy Davis, an associate professor of physical education, spoke at a UN conference on sports and disabilities.


The Alliance of Physical Education Majors at SUNY Cortland promotes physical education as a vital discipline paramount to the total development of healthy individuals. APEM focuses on increasing knowledge, attitude and professionalism of the students and faculty within the major.  It helps provide networks between students, state and national professional organizations, and physical education professionals in the field, provides information workshops, conferences and various other activities and programs to create a stronger community for those involved in the major and promote the goals of SUNY Cortland's Physical Education Program.

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