Develop the Next Generation.
Teach and coach students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.
This program, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, will prepare you for initial certification in New York State K-12 Physical Education. Graduates go on to teach Physical Education and coach interscholastic sports in a wide variety of schools in New York and surrounding states — as well as in private clubs.
Our faculty are a blend of full-time college professors and adjuncts who have a breadth and depth of experience. Our adjunct faculty have backgrounds in public school teaching and administration. Some are current teachers and others have recently retired from teaching and administration throughout the Capital District.
In the third and fourth years, the program utilizes a Professional Development School model, where faculty work very closely with public school partners in the preparation of our teachers. Students gain clinical experience during methods courses to train them as teachers and to build their professional network.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience early on within this program through field experiences and culminating with student-teaching placements — and in doing so, network with area school district administrators, coaches and physical educators.
Small class sizes ensure that you’re not just a number.
This program also puts an emphasis on adapted physical education, with eight credits earned from this area. This emphasizes the growing need of inclusive practices within schools.
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You can go on to pursue what comes next — whether that’s a graduate degree or a career in the field. This degree has a main focus on teacher preparation, but there are a wealth of positions to apply your training in.
With this degree, you can work in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the public, private and charter schools as a teacher, coach and physical educator. You can also pursue adapted physical education, coaching private club teams and private health companies, as well as careers in the fitness industry.
This undergraduate degree will prepare you for an M.S. in School Health Education Degree, which is a pathway to professional licensure.