Physical Education PreK-12 (BS)

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

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
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)

SHAPE America National Standards

Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

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.

Effective Fall 2018 

Physical Education PreK-12 BS


I. Physical Education Content Knowledge Courses


A. 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 Sports Skills 
PE215Basics of Motor Development and Motor Learning 
PE350Principles and Foundations of Physical Education 

B. Group II

PE353Physical Activity for Special Populations 
PE358Physiology of Exercise 
PE361Sport Psychology and Coaching 
PE363Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 
PE452Cardiovascular Fitness 

II. Physical Education Skills courses

Team Sports
Choose 4 Credits from the following 
PE186Team Sports Officiating 
Choose 1 Credit from the following 
PE173Folk and Social Dance 
PE176Modern Dance I 
PE183African Dance 
PE184Latin Dance 
PE185Hip Hop 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 
Choose 1 Credit from the Following 
PE182Swimming for Non-Swimmers 
PE284Skin and Scuba Diving 
PE285Senior Life Saving 
PE287Water Safety Instructor 


BIO281Human Structure and Function 
BIO120Principles of Inheritance and Human Reproduction 
BIO140Human Biology 
Proof of a valid First Aid/CPR certification should be presented to the department at least three months prior to graduation. 

III. Teacher Education Requirements

Students should consult the Admission and Progression Policy for additional requirements. Students should meet with an Education advisor each semester to select classes that meet all requirements. 

A. Required Core Curriculum Courses

At least one Foreign Language course 

B. Support Courses

ENG126English Composition II: Writing About Literature 
PHIL202Evolution of Major Ideas and Issues in Education 
SOC202Evolution of Major Ideas and Issues in Education 
MATH111Introduction to Statistics and Probability 
EDUC230Teaching with Multimedia Technology 
EDUC280Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers 

C. Professional Sequence

EDUC268Bilingual and English Language Learner (ELL) Education 
EDUC283Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms 
EDUC285Introduction to Special Education 
EDUC340Literacy Instruction inside Middle and Secondary Schools 
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 

D. Student Teaching

EDUC403Capstone Clinical Experience & Seminar for Health Education or Physical Education, Grades K-6 
EDUC404Capstone Clinical Experience & Seminar for Health Education or Physical Education, Grades 7-12 
Credit Totals 
Total Program credits93 
Total Core Curriculum credits27 
Total free elective credits
Total credits for the BS in Physical Education120 


  1. PE 358 has a prerequisite of BIO 281, and BIO 281 has a prerequisite of BIO 120 or BIO 140.
  2. Foreign Language is a NYS requirement and may also be taken toward fulfillment of the College Option Core: Foreign Language requirement. Students may be required to take a second Foreign Language course to complete the Core requirement.
  3. Students won't be allowed to continue to take courses in Professional Sequence without a GPA of 3.0 in the Support Courses block.
  4. ENG 126 also fulfills the Required Core: English Composition requirement.
  5. EDUC 340 may also be taken toward fulfillment of the College Option Core: Writing Intensive requirement.
  6. MATH 111 also fulfills the Required Core: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

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