The mission of the Associate in Science Physical Education Studies Program is to provide students with a solid foundation of learning experiences which will enable them to seamlessly transfer into a four-year program pursuing a degree in Physical Education. The curriculum accomplishes this task by providing a unique set of courses which were written incorporating the Society of Health and Physical Educator (SHAPE) Standards as a guide. These specialty Physical Education Studies courses are then merged with a strong base of courses designed to meet SUNY General Education requirements. Finally, students learn first-hand about their career path by shadowing professional educators engaged in the field in Western New York schools. Taken together, this coordination of learning and experiences will prepare students for success at four-year institutions in the physical education specialty area.
After graduation from SUNY Erie, a student in this career field can pursue a bachelor's degree program that will allow him/her to take the NYS Teacher Certification Exam and Content Specialty Exam for "NYS Initial Teacher Certification" certificate or pursue out of state opportunities.
Department members work hard to establish and maintain articulation agreements and relationships with physical education programs at four-year colleges. This not only benefits our students in a seamless transfer, but the collaboration allows for cutting edge curriculum. SUNY Erie graduates in physical education, excel amongst their peers at their chosen four-year physical education programs, and ultimately compete for a career as a Physical Education teacher.
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