Physical Education Teacher Education Major

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The PETE major leads to "initial certification" to teach physical education in grades PreK-12 in New York State.The major also certifies candidates to coach in NYS. To obtain "professional certification" students must earn a master’s degree within five years of initial certification. Depending on how students meet requirements in General Education, and the PETE major it may take more than 120 credits to complete this program. Careful advisement is important for timely graduation.

What can I do with a physical education teacher education major?

Admission to the Program

Students who pursue the PETE major can declare their intent to major at admission to the College. Acceptance into the major requires all of the following:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher at Brockport
  • Completion of 45 college credits prior to enrollment in PEP 441 Instructional Planning in Physical Education
  • Transfer students not meeting seamless transfer will be required to take one full-time semester of Brockport coursework prior to enrollment in PEP 441 and obtain a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Students who successfully complete these requirements are admitted to the physical education teacher education major and are eligible to take PEP 441.

Transfer students meeting the seamless transfer agreement are admitted upon acceptance.

Program Requirements

Students in the physical education teacher education major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete its requirements.

Required Academic Core Courses (23 credits)

Students can take these courses as intents prior to admission to the major.

  • BIO221 Anatomy and Physiology
  • PES305 Significance of Physical Activity
  • PES326 Kinetics
  • PES335 Physiological Basis of Exercise and Sport
  • PES413 Motor Development
  • PES439 Motor Learning
  • PES3XX/4XX Elective(Recommended PES 396 Women in Sport – also meets Contemporary Issues and Gender and Women’s Studies)

Required Professional Sequence (41 credits)

Full-time students typically complete the professional sequence in four semesters as follows:

  • Block 3:
    • PEP301 Fitness Education for Teachers
    • PEP310 Curriculum Models
    • PEP442 Secondary Methods
  • Block 4 (Student Teaching)
    • PEP476 Seminar in Student Teaching
    • PEP487 Elementary Student Teaching
    • PEP488 Secondary Student Teaching


  1. PEP 441, PEP 442 and PEP 444 include a field experience that requires a separate application.
  2. PEP 445 and PEP 483 also require a field experience.
  3. Prior to Student Teaching, students must complete all the following:
    1. at least 108 credits prior to student teaching
    2. all General Education requirements
    3. completion of all other physical education major requirements
    4. 2.0 GPA in the physical education major (transfer courses do not count in GPA calculation)
    5. a grade of "C" or higher in all professional methods courses
    6. a grade of "C" or higher in all activity/skill courses
    7. a grade of "C" or higher in all professional electives
    8. participation in the health-related physical fitness test
    9. a student teaching application
    10. an overall Brockport GPA of 2.5 or higher
    11. a current, state-approved First Aid (including AED training) and CPR certification

Required Cognate Course (1 credit)

  • PRO370 Health and Drug Education for Teacher Candidates

Requried Activity/Skill Courses (13 credits)

  • PES 201 Rhythms and Dance
  • PES 202 Adventure Challenge
  • PES 206 Educational Gymnastics
  • PES215 Teaching Aquatics
  • PES 225 Group Fitness Activities
  • PES 227 Outdoor Education Activities
  • PES 228 Team Sport Activities

Electives (5 credits)

  • PEP351 Coaching Sports
  • PEP363 Administration of Physical Education and Sport
  • PEP3XX Coaching Clinic
  • PEP379 Athletic Training for the Teacher Coach
  • PEP481 Instructional Strategies
  • PEP482 Adapted Activity
  • PEP489 Adapted Physical Activity Practica: Low Incidence
  • PEP399 Independent Study
  • PEP499 Independent Study

Adapted Physical Education Concentration (optional)

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) Concentration provides additional preparation for PETE majors to work with students with disabilities in a variety of settings from inclusive to self-contained. PETE majors may also select courses in the concentration to fulfill elective requirements. Those pursuing the concentration are more able to meet the needs of students with disabilities in physical education and many go on to pursue graduate work in APE.


Students accepted into the PETE major may pursue the concentration in APE.

Concentration Requirements

The concentration is completed in conjunction with the PETE major and ranges in credits from 9-12 credits. Students completing at least 50% of their student teaching experience working with children with disabilities complete 9 credits. In lieu of the student teaching requirement, students may chose to take PEP 485 Practicum in APE for 12 credits. Coursework in adapted physical education also fulfills the required 5 credit elective pool in PETE major.

Core Prerequisites/Corequisites

  • PSH110 Principles of Psychology
  • PES445 Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education Required Courses

  • PEP481 Instructional Strategies
  • PEP482 Adapted Activity
  • Choose from
    • PEP 486 Physical Education for Children with Sensory Impairments Or
    • PEP489 Adapted Physical Activity Practica: Low Incidence

Remaining credits for the degree are determined by working with their academic advisor.


Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office.