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Physical Education (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education prepares students for NYS teacher certification in K-12 Physical Education. The teacher licensure program is fully accredited by CAEP. Sage also offers 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.

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 Russell Sage College, 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.

Academic Standards

  • Admission: admission to physical education program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher.
  • Graduation: cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher and a major GPA of 2.750 or higher is required for graduation.
  • The School of Education requires all students to subscribe to Live Text, an electronic portfolio system.

Program Requirements : 95 credits

EDU 201 Education and Society : 3 credits
EDU 206 Educational Psychology : 3 credits
HED 541 Nutrition & Physical Fitness : 3 credits
PED 110 Intro to Phys Educ, Recr & Sports Prof : 3 credits
PED 215 Fitness Activities in PE : .5 credit
PED 217 Current Trends in PE : .5 credit
PED 225 Concepts of Fitness & Wellness : 3 credits
PED 240 Sport Medicine : 3 credits
PED 303 Tactics & Skills Invasion & Target Games : 3 credits
PED 304 Tactics & Skills Net/Wall & Fielding/Scoring : 3 credits
PED 305 Rhythms/Dance : .5 credit
PED 308 Educational Gymnastics : .5 credit
PED 310 Measurement and Eval in PED : 3 credits
PED 311 Teaching PED K-6 : 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/Ortho & Sens Dis : 4 credits
PED 330 Cooperative Games : 1 credit
PED 350 Sport Psychology : 3 credits
PED 355 Motor Learning : 3 credits
PED 407 Phys Educ Student Teaching K-12 : 12 credits
PED 409 Coaching Theory and Practice : 2 credits
PED 420 Organization and Admin of PED Programs : 3 credits
PED 430 Diversity Service Learning : 2 credits

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 credits
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 credits
One Foreign Language course : 3 credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 credits
PSY 202 Human Development : 3 credits
SCI 306 Kinesiology : 4 credits
SCI 310 Exercise Physiology : 4 credits

Rep & Ident Child Abuse workshop : 0 credit
Safe Schools Violence Prevention workshop : 0 credit
DASA/School Bullying workshop : 0 credit

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.

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.

Degree Completion Notes
Total credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.750
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
Completion of all required General Education  coursework

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1 - Fall: 15 credits
EDU 201 (3 credits)
PED 110 (3 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
RSC 101 (3 credits)
WRT 101 (3 credits)

Year 1 - Spring: 15 credits
Foreign Lang course (3 credits)
PED 225 (3 credits)
PED 240 (3 credits)
PSY 202 (3 credits)
WRT 201 (3 credits)

Year 2 - Fall: 16 credits
BIO 201/BIO 201L (4 credits)
PED 300 (2 credits)
PED 308 (1 credit)
PED 350 (3 credits)
General Education course (3 credits)
RSC 201 (3 credits)

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

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

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

Year 4 - Fall: 15 credits
PED 312 (4 credits)
PED 420 (3 credits)
PED 401 (2 credits)
RSC 301 (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)