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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.


News

Student researchers make the most of summer experience

Aug. 17, 2021
Nine high-achieving students earned a summer undergraduate research fellowship in 2021, helping them pursue full-time scholarly work with a faculty member.

Sophia’s Garden makes philosophers of children

June 29, 2021
Toddlers to teens cultivate ideas they need to understand their world.

Adapted physical activity expert promoted to SUNY’s highest academic rank

June 29, 2021
John Foley was named a Distinguished Professor by the Board of Trustees.

Faculty receive Chancellor’s Awards

June 29, 2021
Two faculty members were honored for their professional achievements.

Men of Color Leadership Summit held

March 9, 2021
Cortland's Male Multicultural Initiative aims to improve the admission and retention of men of color.

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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