2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education, BS

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Syracuse University’s nationally accredited Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education meets the academic requirements for New York State initial certification for all grades, and teacher certification in states with reciprocal agreements. The New York Physical Education certification also qualifies teacher candidates to coach any sport (7-12) in any school in the state of New York.

The degree program emphasizes teaching methods that encourage all children to embrace a physically active lifestyle with a focus on urban and inclusive settings. The unique location of Syracuse University and the diversity of the surrounding community provide numerous authentic field experiences in urban and suburban settings alike starting in the first year. The School of Education affords its teacher candidates the advantages of resources found only at a major research university. Our undergraduate studies are enhanced with a strong liberal arts core and. Our small class sizes allow teacher candidates to develop strong, personal relationships with their professors, advisors, and peers.

Teacher candidates spend a minimum of 25 hours in the public schools each academic year, culminating with a full-time student teaching semester during which student teachers develop and teach several units of instruction and become involved with the school community. At a minimum, the B.S. in Physical Education can be earned with the satisfactory completion of 120 credits.

The B.S. in Physical Education requires teacher candidates to attain a 2.8 GPA prior to senior year student teaching. Student teaching requirements include successful completion of the Child Health and Life Safety Seminar and CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.

Program Requirements

Foreign Language:

One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English (including American Sign Language), or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study. If Language requirement has been met, a 3-credit liberal arts elective must be taken in its place.

Activity Courses

(10 Credits Total)

Required Activity Courses


*recommend WSI certification prior to student teaching

Open Elective:

Any course (3 credits)


*CPR/AED/FA certification must be valid during student teaching

*WSI certification recommended prior to student teaching

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