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Develop, teach and promote fitness and wellness programs.

Students learn to use exercise, sport, games, and dance in age-appropriate programs for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students gain the skills necessary to work with individuals and diverse groups in a variety of settings such as schools, community health centers, hospitals, recreation centers, and the workplace.

  • This program leads to New York State initial certification for teaching in grades K–12. The plan of study includes teacher preparation and the study of teaching in the gymnasium, the classroom, or both.
  • Students may specialize as coaches, teachers, or adapted physical educators. A teaching practicum and field experience are required.

Dual Certification Degree
While students may prefer to specialize in physical education, the department does offer a dual certification program in health and physical education. Students who choose to complete the dual certification must fulfill the required course work in physical education, as well as additional course work in health education.

» View the B.S. in Physical Education plan of study

» View the B.S.in Physical and Health Education: Dual Certification plan of study


Minors in Health Education and Physical Education

Students have an opportunity to select minors in health education, sport management, exercise science, or physical education. Each minor requires 18–21 credits in a specific area of study that has been established with the help of an adviser.


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