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Physical Education, A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5299.30)

The purpose of this A.S. program is to prepare students to transfer into a baccalaureate-level study in Physical Education. This program is designed prepare students to be effective communicators and leaders in teaching or coaching environments; and also to introduce students to the background and basic concepts of physical education and sports. Accordingly, this curriculum provides a foundation that will advance future educators’ mastery of content. The curriculum meets requirements to provide the lower division coursework to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirements. The Physical Education A.S. program is a transfer degree, designed to be the first two years of a 4+ year education. This program is intended for students who plan to transfer to another college or university, perhaps continuing through a graduate degree or higher.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Physical Education program with an A. S. degree will:

  • Meet all SUNY General Education Requirements and up to 41 credits in general education.
  • Be able to recite and test the five components of fitness.
  • Be able to recite the seven dimensions of wellness.

Career Opportunities

This Physical Education, A.S. degree program is a transfer degree, designed to be the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, leading to a career as a physical education or health education teacher, fitness instructor, athletics coach or recreational therapist and also can lead to careers in sport science, exercise physiology or athletic training.  According to US Department of Labor statistics, the overall employment for teachers at any level will grow as fast as the average for all occupations over the next ten years, with more opportunities in states that are growing in population, and in cities as opposed to rural areas.

Career placement immediately following completion of the associate’s degree is also an option. A graduate with the associate’s degree, combined with other appropriate certifications, may find employment at state or city parks and recreation departments, resorts with activities or fitness facilities, wellness centers, YMCA’s and fitness centers or become a personal trainer, youth coach or fitness equipment salesperson. These jobs may be seasonal and may pay at or slightly above minimum wage.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport. Students can also transfer to out of state schools or private colleges and universities such as Pennsylvania State, Springfield College, Salisbury State University, Slippery Rock University, Canisius College, United States Sports Academy and University of South Carolina.


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2016)
Credit Hours
Physical Education Requirements (17 Credit Hours)  
PED 201: Introduction to Physical Education 3
PED 202: Sports in Society       3
HEA 101: Personal and Community Health 3
HEA 110: Responding to Emergencies 3
Team/Individual PE Activities and/or Athletic Team Participation 5
English Requirements (6 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Humanities Requirements (3 Credit Hours)
STA 151: Public Speaking 3
Social Sciences Requirements (6 Credit Hours)  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
Math and Science Requirements (11 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics
     or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
BIO 106:  Human Biology
     or BIO 111: General Biology 1
     or BIO 131: Principles of Biology 1
BIO 221: Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
     or BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology 1
     or BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology 2
General Education Requirements (12 Credit Hours)  
American History
HIS 150: American History to 1877
     or HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present
Western Civilization
HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1
     or HIS 112: History of western Civilization 2
Art Elective* 3
Music Elective* 3
Free Electives 6

Students should check with their academic advisors for appropriate course selection.
It is suggested that students take ART 115, MUS 150 and BIO 252 for SUNY Cortland.
Students must select one of each Western Civilization AND American History.
Students will receive (1) credit for being a member of an intercollegiate sports team per season.

* Chosen from the SUNY General Education Course List


For More Information

Mark Streiff, Chair of Physical Education Department

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522