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. 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 the following learning outcomes

  • Upon graduation, students will meet all SUNY General Education Requirements and up to 41 credits in general education.
  • Students will be able to recite and test the five components of fitness.
  • Students will 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. 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 agreements with SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport that provide a seamless transition for JCC students to these highly regarded physical education programs. 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 2014)
Credit Hours
Humanities (15 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
STA 151: Public Speaking 3
Art Elective        3
Music Elective 3
Mathematics and Science (11 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 3
BIO 203: Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 204: Anatomy and Physiology 4
Social Science (12 Credit Hours)  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology    3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
HIS 111 or HIS 112 3
HIS 150 or HIS 151 3
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
PED 146: Racket Sports  1
PED 191: Adventure Activities .5
PED 184 or PED 192 Fitness Related Activity  1
Team/Individual PE Activities and/or Athletic Team Participation 2.5
Liberal Arts Electives

Students should check with their academic advisors for appropriate course selection.
It is suggested that students take ART 115 and MUS 150 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.


For More Information

Jeffrey Wiley, Director of Athletics, Physical Education

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522