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Physical Education Studies

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Employment in the health and physical education field is expected to grow as interest in fitness and health for individuals and special groups increases. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a large number of openings in the field of elementary and secondary school teaching are expected due to a large group of teachers reaching retirement age. The physical education studies degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to prepare you for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in physical education by building a solid liberal arts foundation.

The Program

The A.S. physical education studies degree program is suitable for you if it is your goal to pursue a career in fitness and wellness, coaching, teaching, or sports management. The program introduces you to the field of physical education and provides the background knowledge and skills that are important to physical education professionals. Some of the courses covered in the program include: health, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and psychology.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of physical education, athletics and health as well as their practical applications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of instruction and preparation of curricula in physical education, health and wellness including development and implementation of unit and individual lesson plans.
  • Recognize the diverse career paths and corresponding professional preparation curricula within the field of physical education studies.
  • Identify and apply components of nutrition and physical fitness and life-long wellness.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of anatomical/physiological components of movement for exercise and sport.
  • Analyze care and prevention of injuries in a physically active population; demonstrate knowledge of First Aid, CPR and AED and New York State Teacher's SAVE and Child Abuse training.

The Experience

While enrolled in this program, you will be introduced to a high school physical education curriculum. Additionally, you will receive hands-on teaching experience in local schools.

Field Trips: Trips to sports medicine departments at four-year colleges and universities such as Keuka College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and visits to colleges with athletic training programs such as SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cortland, are all part of your program experience.

The Graduates

Students in this program generally transfer to four-year institutions* such as SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cortland to pursue baccalaureate degrees in physical education. FLCC alumni currently serve as teachers and coaches in school systems throughout New York State including Penn Yan, Newark, South Seneca, Gananda, Fairport, Lyons, Waterloo, and Churchville-Chili High Schools, as well as The Harley School, Allendale Columbia Schools, and in the Rochester School District.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a physical education studies major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the Kiwanis Club/Canandaigua Classic Scholarship in Memory of Denett Pimkowski. For more information on this scholarship, contact the physical education and integrated healthcare department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The faculty members in the physical education studies program hold advanced degrees in health and physical education. The faculty carries extensive coaching and teaching experience at various levels with it to the classroom. In addition, the faculty also possesses a wide array of educational expertise in adaptive physical education, coaching certification, and fitness and wellness. The physical education and integrated health care department also utilizes highly specialized adjunct faculty to teach specific courses that complement the diverse number of course offerings.