Hofstra's Physical Education programs are designed to provide rich learning experiences that will enable students to become highly skilled scholar-practitioners. This is a comprehensive program providing coursework and field experiences across a variety of school settings. Learn from internationally recognized and respected faculty members who are committed to your success. Gain hands-on experience through fieldwork in a variety of settings. Benefit from state-of-the-art campus facilities and resources of a Division I Athletics Department.
Careers and Skills
Physical Education involves teaching Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve children the performance and understanding of basic motor skills, games, and lifelong fitness activities as well as the social and personal skills related to participating in physical activities. Physical Educators at all levels are responsible for addressing these skills on a continuum of ability levels to include meeting the needs of children with disabilities.
- Elementary physical educators usually teach levels PreK-5. The competency of basic locomotor and non-locomotor movements in various forms and patterns is the focus at the elementary level. For example, an elementary curriculum will include instruction in psychomotor skills such as running, walking, hopping, jumping, kicking, throwing, and striking.
- The middle school physical education teacher typically works with grades 6-8. They are responsible for the future development of motor and non-locomotor movements through an array of varied organized individual and team activities. Social skills are stressed in the middle school curriculum.
- Secondary physical education (grades 9-12) stresses participation in lifelong activities such as aerobics, rock climbing, hiking, biking, jogging, and functional training. The high school curriculum encourages students to become proficient in activities that can be experienced over a lifetime. Some schools offer a wellness curriculum for their students that emphasize a holistic approach to wellness. This curriculum may include classes in first aid, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and nutrition in addition to sport and movement activities. Physical educators with additional training in Adapted Physical Education are responsible for ensuring that children with disabilities (preK-age 21) receive quality physical education services as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA, 2004).
Meet Our Program Director
Dr. Nancy Halliday
Dr. Nancy Halliday received her Ph.D. from the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance at Temple University. Dr. Halliday taught for 16 years and chaired the Physical Education Department at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York prior to coming to Hofstra University. Dr. Halliday also has an extensive background in camping, with more than 20 years of experience as a resident camp director. Dr. Halliday's scholarly work includes publications and presentations related to developmentally appropriate activity for children, outdoor leisure and adventure activities, motor learning, risk management and activity safety, and leadership and administration. Dr. Halliday has served on the state and local levels as leisure/adventure section president and is a reviewer and adjudicator for NASPE/NCATE undergraduate program accreditation portfolios.