Physical Education Department - SUNY Cortland

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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News

Nation’s Top Health Agency Taps Professor as Expert

The CDC relies on Diane Craft, a professor of physical education, as its subject matter expert for early childhood physical activity.

Alumni Association to Honor Seven Graduates

Three distinguished alumni, a young alumna and three outstanding volunteers will be honored.

Honorary Degrees Recognize Two Careers that Changed Lives

Karen Collier Flewelling ’64 and Richard J. Pollack ‘77 will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement on May 14.

Alumni Assist in MLK Day Events

Every day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Florida retiree Barbara Southwick '68.

SIMS Lab Provides Outlet for Children with Sensory Disorders

Approximately 40 local families already take advantage of the vibrant learning space located in Park Center.

Clubs/Societies

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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