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Majors/Minors

SUNY Cortland has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation in the field of physical education. We are proud to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a B.S.Ed. as well as a B.S.Ed. with a concentration in adapted physical education. The program also offers special options to study abroad, including study at the Deutsche Sport hochshule in Cologne, Germany and at the University of Ballarat in Australia. Students may also apply to student teach in Australia 

The primary purpose of the B. S. Ed. program is to offer students professional preparation leading to certification to teach physical education K-12 and coach in New York State public schools. This certification is also recognized by other states. The program includes theory, activity courses and student teaching experiences. Students will complete 100 hours of fieldwork prior to student teaching.

Physical Education [PEM]

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.

Program Details for Physical Education [PEM]

Physical Education: Concentration in Adapted Physical Education [PEM_ADPE]

The adapted physical education concentration in the Physical Education Department is designed to provide an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge working with children and adults with disabilities. This program prepares students in both leadership and practical skills needed to provide optimal physical education to all students.

Practical experiences include but are not limited to sports and games, inclusive outdoor education, dance, aquatics and fitness programs designed specifically for the inclusion of persons with disabilities into existing lifetime fitness, recreation and leisure activity.

Career Potential

  • K-12 public school adapted physical education teacher
  • Adapted physical education specialists for hospitals, children's centers and community-based programs
  • Program director for disability sport and swim-based recreation programs
  • District coordinator for adapted physical education services

Program Details for Physical Education: Concentration in Adapted Physical Education [PEM_ADPE]

Physical Education: Concentration in Outdoor Adventure Education [PEM_OAE]

The outdoor adventure education concentration in the physical education major is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in outdoor adventure education appropriate for physical education settings. This program prepares students in adventure models and theory as well as develops leadership and practical skills needed to effectively implement this type of curriculum in schools.

Practical experiences include, but are not limited to, inclusive outdoor education, practicum in adventure activities or outdoor adventure activities for teachers, and several outdoor activity classes.

Career Potential

  • K-12 physical education teacher focusing on outdoor and adventure education
  • Educator at an outdoor center
  • Educator at an environmental center
  • Trip leader for outdoor programs such as Outward Bound and National Outdoor Leadership School

Program Requirements

Students must fulfill all the requirements for the Physical Education [PEM] major. Additional courses required for the outdoor adventure education concentration are listed below.

Program Details for Physical Education: Concentration in Outdoor Adventure Education [PEM_OAE]