Physical Education PreK-12 (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health and Physical Education
HEGIS Number: 0835

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

York College Physical Education PreK-12 Mission Statement

The York College Physical Education PreK-12 Program enables Physical Education Teacher Candidates (PETCs) to utilize content knowledge, content pedagogy, physical skills, and professional dispositions to develop learning environments that support psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains, and include state and national physical education standards. Professional preparation for PETCs is guided by lesson and unit planning and implementation for the classroom/athletic setting that incorporate student diversity, technology, assessment, class management, and reflective practices. Through clinical experiences in New York City schools, PETCs develop competencies that positively impact student learning in the NYC Public Schools (PreK-12)

NASPE Major Standard/ Competency

Standard I:

Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge:

PETCs know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically active individuals.

Standard II:

Skill and Fitness-based Competence:

PETCs are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K-12 Standards.

Standard III:

Planning and Implementation:

PETCs plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning. experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.

Standard IV:

Instructional Delivery and Management:

PETCs use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.

Standard V:

Impact On Student Learning:

PETCs utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

Standard VI


PETCs demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professional.

Students planning to seek New York State teaching certification in Physical Education PreK-12 are required to file an application for admission form in the Teacher Education Program during their sophomore year. The Physical Education Program, prepares candidates with the knowledge and understanding, competencies, and professionalism required for teaching physical education to children and adolescents in grades PreK-12. Candidates completing the Program are eligible to apply for New York State initial certification in Physical Education, Grades PreK-12.

The Instructional Program

The instructional program of Physical Education skills courses is designed to encourage the participation of the individual in regular physical activity throughout his or her life. Physical activity is viewed as an essential part of the life of the liberally educated person. Physiological and psycho-social benefits accrue to the participant. Courses emphasize individualized skill development in a broad range of lifetime sport activities that are fun and educational.

All Physical Education courses are coeducational.


Physical Education PreK-12 BS


Physical Education Content Knowledge Courses

Group I* (Courses listed in Group I must be completed before taking courses from Group II) 
HE210Health Issues for the Physical Educator 
HE314Nutrition and Health 
PE150Fitness for Living 
PE152Instructional Methodologies of Teaching Sprots Skills 
PE215Basics of Motor Development and Motor Learning 
PE350Principles and Foundations of Physical Education 
Group II 
PE353Physical Activity for Special Populations 
PE358Physiology of Exercise 
PE361Sport Psychology and Coaching 
PE363Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 
PE452Cardiovascular Fitness 

Physical Education Skills courses

Team Sports: Choose 4 Credits from the following

Dance: Choose 1 Credit from the following

PE173Folk and Social Dance 
PE176Modern Dance I 
PE183African Dance 
PE278Modern Dance II 

Individual Sports: Choose 4 Credits from the following

PE141Weight Training 
PE154Track and Field 
PE156Gymnastics I 
PE157Gymnastics II 
PE159Self-Defense Activities 
PE271Competitive Tennis 

Outdoor Sports: Choose 1 Credit from the following

PE177Small Boat Sailing 
PE178Outdoor Living: Hiking and Backpacking 
PE279Leadership in Outdoor Living 
PE280Winter Mountaineering 

Aquatics: Choose 1 Credit from the Following

PE182Swimming for Non-Swimmers 
PE284Skin and Scuba Diving 
PE285Senior Life Saving 
PE287Water Safety Instructor 

Education Certification requirements

Foundation Courses32 
EDUC230Teaching with Multimedia Technology 
EDUC280Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers 
EDUC283Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms 
MATH271Topics in Foundational Mathematics# 
Choose One 
SOC202Evolution of Major Ideas and Issues in Education 
PHIL202Evolution of Major Ideas and Issues in Education 

Methods Courses

EDUC340Literacy Instruction inside Middle and Secondary Schools for English Only (EO) and English Language Learners (ELLs) 
EDUC341Elementary & Secondary Curriculum and Methods II: Instruction and Classroom Environments in Physical Education PreK-12 
EDUC395Curriculum and Methods in Subject Specific (K-12) Educations I: Learning Goals and Assessments 

Student Teaching

EDUC448Supervised Teaching, Physical Education, Grades preK-6 
EDUC449Supervised Teaching, Physical Education, Grades 7-12 

** Courses listed in Group I must be completed before taking courses from Group II.

Majors must complete 2 Mathematics courses, MATH 111 and a second Mathematics course selected from MATH 271 or among the Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning courses.

Proof of a valid First Aid/CPR certification should be presented to the department at least three months prior to graduation.