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 National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards for Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers. 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 lead to solid transfer opportunities 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 graduate with a teaching certification in physical education.
The Health, Wellness and Physical Education Studies (HWPES) Department offers many health, physical education, therapeutic recreation and recreation courses on all three SUNY Erie campuses. This allows students to experience a wide variety of course offerings tailored to their specific career goals.
As the site for the 1993 World University Games, SUNY Erie has world-class athletic facilities. The administration at SUNY Erie has seen fit to support the HWPES department with the financial resources necessary to acquire cutting edge physical education equipment for our student's use. This allows our students to learn and practice on state of the art technology and equipment that they will be expected to use when they enter the workforce.
For more information, (716) 851-1745 or e-mail HWPES@ecc.edu.