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Physical Education Programs-Basic Overview

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Physical Education – Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed)

This undergraduate major program is designed to prepare preservice physical education teachers to be scholarly, highly skilled, reflective practitioners able to meet the needs of students with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and special abilities in all grades. The program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the preservice teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative physical education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards in schools. Successful completion of all program requirements will lead to the University’s recommendation for Initial Certification in physical education.

Physical Education – Master of Science (M.S.)

This program is designed to prepare individuals without previous professional education to meet New York state initial teacher certification in grades preschool through 12 physical education. This is a comprehensive program providing course work and field experiences across a variety of school settings. Graduates from this program are eligible for professional certification after two years of successful teaching experience and an approved mentoring relationship as described by the New York State Education Department Regulations.

5 Year Dual Degree Program in Physical Education and Health

The dual degree program in Health and Physical Education is a 155-credit program that leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physical Education & Health  and a Master of Science (M.S.)  in Health & Physical Education as well as New York State Certification to teach both PK – 12 Health and Physical Education. Dual certification in health and physical education  is the preferred credential for many school districts looking to hire either health or physical education teachers.