B.S. in Physical Education
Sage College of Albany (SCA) offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE). The curriculum prepares students for NYS teacher certification in K-12 Physical Education. Transfer students eligible for associate degrees in Physical Education may apply for admission into the upper division of the program. Sage also offers a 30-credit, 4+1 Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Education for students who have completed the B.S. degree in Physical Education and are eligible for NYS certification. Requirements for admission include a minimum GPA of 2.75. Interested students should consult their advisor for further information.
The mission of the Esteves School of Education is to prepare highly effective educators, school counselors, and school leaders who believe in full inclusion, who value diversity, who are reflective, and who are knowledgeable about best practices. Therefore, we ask Sage educators, counselors, and leaders to consider two essential questions throughout their studies and field experiences: Who am I in the lives of those with whom I work? Who am I in the life of my educational community? We expect all Sage candidates to demonstrate leadership and create optimal educational outcomes for all learners.
The motto, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” informs the educational purpose of The Sage Colleges, where the common effort is to translate learning into action and application, within a framework that recognizes the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities. In the School of Education, this motto is extended to form the basis for our programs.
Conceptual Framework: An underlying structure in a professional education unit that gives conceptual meanings through an articulated rationale to the unit’s operation, and provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, faculty scholarship and service, and unit accountability.
T-BIRDS - the key concepts of the conceptual framework:
- Technology: a vehicle for learners to acquire information, practice skills, use higher order thinking skills, and participate in collaborative projects.
- Best Practices: the pedagogical knowledge, skills and practices that have been shown through research and evaluation to be effective and/or efficient and that candidates use to teach all learners.
- Inclusion and Diversity: the ability to collaborative and team with other professionals in developing and implementing strategies to accommodate diverse learners; the ability to develop solutions that will enhance the learning experiences of all children; and, the ability of candidates to be aware of and sensitive to diversity issues and to use culturally and socially responsive pedagogy.
- Reflection: the ability to reflect and assess one’s own effectiveness, and to systematically make adjustments to improve and strengthen areas needing attention.
- Dispositions: the demonstration of respect for learner differences, commitment to own personal growth, and engagement in short and long-term planning.
- Service Learning: the strategies that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich children’s learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
These elements are interrelated and integrated to prepare teacher candidates to assume roles as reflective facilitators of learning, combining knowledge and skills to exemplify those qualities and dispositions that characterize effective teachers.
School of Education Attendance Policy
While individual instructors may approach attendance and participation in varied ways in their grading policies, students in the School of Education should be aware that missing 1/4 or more of class sessions MAY result in AUTOMATIC class failure. Class content and participation are vital to meeting the objectives of School of Education courses.
Required Major Courses
- PED 110 - Movement Concepts in Physical Education
- PED 219 - Teaching Movement Concepts
- PED 225 - Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
- PED 300 - Adventure/Cooperative Activities
- PED 303 - Tactics & Skills in Invasion & Target Games
- PED 304 - Tactics & Skills in Net/Wall & Fielding/Scoring Activities
- PED 305 - Rhythms/Dance
- PED 308 - Educational Gymnastics
- PED 310 - Measurement and Eval in PED
- PED 311 - Teaching PED K-6
- PED 312 - Teaching PED in Sec School
- PED 320 - Instruct Strategies for Students w/ Dev. Disabil.
- PED 322 - Instruct Strategies for students w/Orthopedic & Sens Disabil.
- PED 350 - Sport Psychology
- PED 355 - Motor Learning
- PED 401 - Fitness & Skill Assessment Competency
- PED 407 - Phys Educ Student Teaching K-12
- PED 409 - Coaching Theory and Practice
- PED 420 - Organ and Adm of PED Programs
- BIO 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II
- EDU 201 - Education and Society
- EDU 206 - Educational Psychology
- Foreign Language course, 3 credits
- HED 541 - Nutrition & Physical Fitness
- HSC 215 - Health/Wellness Across Lifespan
- HUM 113 - HS III:Language and Human Experience
- PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 202 - Human Development
- SCI 306 - Kinesiology
- SCI 310 - Exercise Physiology
- Rep & Ident Child Abuse workshop, 0 cr
- Safe Schools Violence Prevention workshop, 0 cr
[Advisement Note: PED 248/PED 248L Anatomy & Physiology for PE Teachers and BIO 134 Human Biology may be substituted for BIO 201/BIO 202 requirement for physical education students. Completion of BIO 201 and BIO 202 strongly recommended for students interested in a future career or further study in athletics training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine or other health professions.]
Physical Education Student Teaching Notes
Before enrolling in PED 407 Physical Education Student Teaching K-12, students must meet the following requirements:
- A grade of “C-” or better in all PED Core courses with the exception of, PED 303 and 304, must have a grade of B- in these two courses.
- Achieve and maintain the healthy zones in aerobic capacity (pacer test or mile run), muscular strength and endurance (curl-up), flexibility (sit & reach), and upper body strength and endurance (push-up & modified push-up) as measured by Fitnessgram. Candidates must score at the Acceptable level for four areas listed prior to exiting from the program. Fitness measures will be required in PED 225, SCI 310, PED 401, and if applicable, PED 407. ***
- Demonstrate competence in selected game categories as measured by a grade B- or higher in PED 303 and 304.***
- Complete an application for student teaching (PED 407) and submit to the School of Education department office.
***Accommodations will be made for teacher candidates with documented physical disabilities.
Additional Physical Education Program Requirements
- The School of Education requires all students to subscribe to Live Text, an electronic portfolio system.
- Students must acheive a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher to be eligible for graduation.