Majoring in Physical Education
With a degree in Physical Education, you’ll go on to teach and coach students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.
Classes for Physical Education Majors
This Physical Education degree program, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, will prepare you for initial certification in New York State pre-K through 12th grade PE.
You will learn how to effectively instruct and assess in PE and best practices in coaching for youth and scholastic sports.
In the third and fourth years, our program utilizes a Professional Development School model, where faculty work with public school partners to prepare future teachers.
Students gain clinical experience during methods courses to train as teachers and to build a professional network.
You’ll 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 PE, with eight credits earned from this area. This emphasizes the growing need of inclusive practices within schools.
Sage maintains an articulation agreement with Hudson Valley Community College to simplify enrollment for transfer students with an associate degree in Physical Education.
Another partnership between Sage and East Greenbush Central School District allows students in grades 9-12 to earn up to 30 college credits. Graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education or a bachelor’s degree Physical Education from Russell Sage College in just three years, saving time and money.
“We offer Physical Education majors the opportunity to learn from a board-certified behavior analyst, which gives you that extra edge …”
Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Physical Education Major Spotlights
“My love for Physical Education started at community college, when I was a Health and Wellness major,” says Holly Feit. …
“The professors here get to know you really well. They want to make sure that you’re successful.”
It’s hard to imagine a student who would be more at home in a Physical Education Department than Bailey Martin. …
Careers with a Physical Education Degree
Physical Education majors go on to teach PE and coach sports in schools and private clubs in New York and surrounding states. They have also become athletics directors, district superintendents and personal trainers.
A degree in Physical Education prepared these Sage graduates for success.
“Physical Education gives me the opportunity to teach students how to live a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle,” said Daniel Bentley …
Amy Monroe-Langworthy is superintendent of the Warrensburg Central School District in New York’s southern Adirondack region. She earned her bachelor’s …
When ZaQuan Irby first arrived at Sage, after completing his associate degree, he couldn’t believe the relationships Sage professors had …
Kelly Brock, Ph.D.
Back in high school, Professor Kelly Brock, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, was constantly on the move and involved in many different …
Graduate Studies with a Physical Education Degree
Russell Sage College’s M.S. in Sport Science: Coaching & Mental Performance and M.S. in School Health Education is the next step for many Physical Education majors and a pathway to professional licensure.