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Physical Education [PEM] (Major)

This major in the Physical Education Department prepares students to become physical education teachers in grades K-12. Concentrations in adapted physical education and outdoor adventure education are available to interested students.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education in Physical Education and satisfactory performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, students may apply for initial New York state teaching certification in the field of physical education.

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: Minimum of 60 credit hours

General Education Courses (21 cr. hr.)
Liberal Arts Electives (14 cr. hr.)

  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
B. Professional Block: 28 credit hours (2.5 grade point average required)

To be accepted into the B.S.Ed. program, students must process a teacher education application and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

  • EDU 255 - Basics of Effective Instruction in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 256 - Seminar for Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 355 - The Physical Education Curriculum: Planning and Practice (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 454 - Pre-Student Teaching Conference in Physical Education (.5 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 455 - Student Teaching Seminar in Physical Education (.5 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 456 - Student Teaching in Physical Education (14 cr. hr.)
  • PED 201 - Motor Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 356 - Adapted Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
C. Professional Education: 10-11 credit hours
  • EDU 470 - Foundations of Education in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
    Select either
  • EXS 230 - Foundations of Coaching: Principles and Theories (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PED 4XX Coaching Clinic (2 cr. hr.)
  • Select from various individual and/or team sport coaching clinics: PED 404-418.
D. Physical Education Theory: 25 credit hours
  • EXS 197 - History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 101 - Introduction to Contemporary Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 308 - Outdoor Adventure Education for Teachers (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 382 - School-Based Fitness Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 434 - Statistics and Assessment in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
Select from the following

The following courses count towards liberal arts hours.

  • EXS 287 - Social Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 290 - Social Problems and Issues in Sport and Exercise (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 345 - Sport and Society (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 346 - Sport Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 367 - Exercise Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 410 - Ethics in Sport (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 420 - History of Physical Activity and Sport in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
E. Physical Education Activities: 12 credit hours required

15 credit-hour maximum

In addition to the 11 courses listed below, students must complete one credit hour of activity elective(s).

  • PED 180 - Team Sport Methods (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 189 - Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 253 - Inclusive Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 257 - Lifetime Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 282 - Health-Related Physical Fitness (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 283 - Racquet Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 381 - Sport Models in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 384 - Self-Defense (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 385 - Gymnastics Activities for School Settings (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 388 - Rhythms and Dance (1 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 128
Other Requirements

Note: Specific information regarding requirements (state examinations, identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment, alcohol and drug abuse education, school antiviolence education and foreign language requirements) for New York State teaching certification can be found here.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Example of the B.S.Ed. in Physical Education over four years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15-16

GE courses (6 cr. hr.)

  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 197 - History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 101 - Introduction to Contemporary Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16

GE courses (7 cr. hr.)

  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PED 180 - Team Sport Methods (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 189 - Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 17

GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
EXS option: EXS 287 or 290 or 345 or 346 or 367 or 410 or 420 (3 cr. hr.)

  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 282 - Health-Related Physical Fitness (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 283 - Racquet Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 284 - Self Defense and Martial Arts (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 17

GE courses (6 cr. hr.)

  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 201 - Motor Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 253 - Inclusive Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 257 - Lifetime Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15

GE course (3 cr. hr.)
PED Activity elective (1 cr. hr.)

  • EDU 255 - Basics of Effective Instruction in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 256 - Seminar for Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 384 - Self-Defense (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 434 - Statistics and Assessment in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17

GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
Coaching elective: EXS 230, or any of the PED 404-PED 418 Coaching Clinics (2-3 cr. hr.)

  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 356 - Adapted Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 381 - Sport Models in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 388 - Rhythms and Dance (1 cr. hr.)
Summer Total credit hours: 3
  • PED 308 - Outdoor Adventure Education for Teachers (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15.5
  • EDU 355 - The Physical Education Curriculum: Planning and Practice (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 454 - Pre-Student Teaching Conference in Physical Education (.5 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 470 - Foundations of Education in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
  • PED 382 - School-Based Fitness Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 385 - Gymnastics Activities for School Settings (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 14.5
  • EDU 455 - Student Teaching Seminar in Physical Education (.5 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 456 - Student Teaching in Physical Education (14 cr. hr.)