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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. 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, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Physical Education Studies degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to prepare you for baccalaureate studies in Physical Education by building a solid liberal arts foundation.

The Program

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Physical Education Studies is suitable for students whose goals include coaching, teaching, sports management, and overall fitness and wellness careers. The program introduces you to the field of Physical Education and provides background knowledge and skills that are important to Physical Education professionals, with courses ranging from health, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and psychology to required liberal arts courses.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student 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

Students in this program are introduced to a high school physical education curriculum and 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 a part of your experience in Physical Education Studies.

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. Finger Lakes alumni are currently 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 our 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 Faculty

The physical education studies program is composed of faculty who all hold advanced degrees in health and physical education. Beside extensive coaching and teaching experience at various levels the faculty also possess 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.