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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.


Parks Family Outdoor Center closed through June 1

April 21, 2020
Summer academic, alumni and community programs are being rescheduled or cancelled.

Educator introduces tykes to bikes

Jan. 28, 2020
Ben Ferder ’10, M ’15 used bicycles to motivate schoolchildren in Bronx, N.Y.

Cortland named one of nation’s healthiest campuses

Sept. 23, 2019
Partnership for a Healthier America named Cortland one of the 32 healthiest campuses in the country.

Cortland ranked No. 5 nationally for coaching master’s

Aug. 26, 2019
TheBestSchools.org recognized the program for advancing the careers of teachers and coaches.

SUNY Cortland Earns Red Cross Award

March 12, 2019
The College is one of the top providers of safety certifications in upstate New York.


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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