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Physical Education (B.S.)

B.S. in Physical Education

Russell Sage College (RSC) 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. 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 3.000.  The teacher licensure program is fully accredited by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Conceptual Framework

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: 97 Credits

EDU 201 Education and Society : 3 credits [L]
EDU 206 Educational Psychology : 3 credits [L]
HED 541 Nutrition & Physical Fitness : 3 credits
PED 110 Movement Concepts in Physical Education : 3 credits
PED 219 Skill Themes/Concepts NASPE Standards : 3 credits
PED 225 Concepts of Fitness and Wellness : 3 credits
PED 300 Adventure/Cooperative Activities : 1 credit
PED 303 Tactics & Skills in Invasion & Target Games : 3 credits
PED 304 Tactics & Skills in Net/Wall & Fielding/Scoring Activities : 3 credits
PED 305 Rhythms/Dance : 1 credit
PED 308 Educational Gymnastics : 1 credit
PED 310 Measurement and Eval in PED : 3 credits
PED 311 Teaching PED in Elem School : 3 credits
PED 312 Teaching PED in Sec School : 4 credits
PED 320 Instruct Strategies for Students w/ Dev. Disabil. : 4 credits
PED 322 Instruct Strategies for Students w/Orthopaedic & Sens Dis : 4 credits
PED 350 Sport Psychology : 3 credits [L]
PED 355 Motor Learning : 3 credits [L]
PED 407 Phys Educ Student Teaching K-12 : 12 credits
PED 409 Coaching Theory and Practice : 2 credits
PED 420 Organ and Admin of PED Programs : 3 credits
PED 430 Diversity Service Learning : 2 credits

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 credits [L]
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 credits [L]
Foreign Language course : 3 credits [L]
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 credits [L]
PSYC 202 Human Development : 3 credits or PSY 208 Developmental Science : 4 credits [L]
SCI 306 Kinesiology : 4 credits [L]
SCI 310 Exercise Physiology : 4 credits [L]

Rep & Ident Child Abuse workshop : 0 credit
Safe Schools Violence Prevention workshop : 0 credit


General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses

Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 15 Credits

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Elective : 3 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (from discipline other than PSY) : 3 Credits

Total Credits Required for Degree: 123

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.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher

***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 achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 or higher to be eligible for graduation.

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1 - Fall: 14.5 credits
WLD 101 and WLD 101L (4 credits)
General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
PED 225 (3 credits)
SST 111 or SST 121 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 1 - Spring: 16-17.5
WLD 201 and WLD 201L (4 credits)
General Education Breadth Requirements (6 credits)
PED 110 (3 credits)
Foreign Lang- ASL 101 recommended (3 credits)
SST 112 (students who took SST 111)

Year 2 - Fall: 16 credits
BIO 201 (4 credits)
EDU 201 (3 credits)
PED 300 (2 credits)
PED 308 (1 credit)
PED 350 (3 credits)
PSY 202 (3 credits)

Year 2 - Spring: 16 credits
BIO 202 (4 credits)
EDU 206 (3 credits)
PED 219 (3 credits)
PED 305 (1 credits)
PED 409 (2 credits)
General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)

Year 3 - Fall: 17 credits
PED 320 (4 credits)
PED 355 (3 credits)
PED 303 (3 credits)
PED 310 (3 credits) 
SCI 310/310L  (4 credits)

Year 3 -Spring: 15 credits
PED 311 (4 credits)
PED 322 (4 credits)
SCI 306/306L  (4 credits)
PED 304 (3 credits)

Year 4 - Fall: 15 credits
PED 312 (4 credits)
PED 420 (3 credits)
PED 401 (2 credits)
WLD 401 (3 credits)
HED 541 (3 credits)
Workshop Safe Schools Violence Prevention
Workshop Rep & Ident Child Abuse

Year 4 - Spring: 12 credits
PED 407 (12 credits)