Physical Education (All Grades), B.S.

School of Education

Program Overview

In this program, you will take courses in anatomy and physiology, which emphasize health and human movement, while also practicing teaching physical activities and fitness. Our program will help you navigate the urban school environment and New York City’s diverse student populations. Our graduates make up a large percentage of New York City’s P–12 physical education teachers. After graduation, you will be ready to step confidently into a classroom.

Physical Education (All Grades), B.S.

Where You'll Go

After completing this bachelor’s degree program, you will become a skilled physical education teacher, well versed in research, theory, and practice. You will be qualified for employment in the schools of New York City and to receive New York State initial teacher certification.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

Undergraduate physical education teacher education candidates are required to take courses in the following areas: skills and practice teaching physical activities and fitness, teaching methods, foundations of education, and anatomy and physiology classes that emphasize health and human movement. In the senior year, students complete comprehensive field experiences and in the final semester must complete student teaching with experiences across grade levels. Community partnerships with local schools and other organizations support our students developing the knowledge and proficiencies needed to work with New York City’s diverse student populations.

Graduates of our program make up a large percentage of New York City’s P–12 physical education teachers.

Major Requirements (71 Credits)

Secondary Education Pedagogical Core

Secondary Education 2001 or Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education 2001. Secondary Education 2002 or Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education 2002. Secondary Education 3401. Secondary Education 3456.

Physical Education Content and Pedagogy

Secondary Education 30013010302030303040305030603080310531103290329534024004420044144415
Kinesiology 4412 taken prior to fall 2020 is accepted as fulfilling the equivalent SEED courses. Kinesiology 300132903295, and 4200W taken prior to fall 2022 are accepted as fulfilling the equivalent SEED courses.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Students must have a GPA of 2.70 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Students must have a B- in both Secondary Education 2001 and 2002 and a GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to continue to Secondary Education 3401, and/or Secondary Education 3402, and/or Secondary Education 3456.

To take Secondary Education 310531103080, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, a B- or better in both Secondary Education 3401 and 3402, and/or permission of the head of the program.

To take Secondary Education 4414 and 4415, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the head of the program.

Adolescence education (grades 7–12) and special subject programs are writing intensive.

This program qualifies students to apply for New York State initial certification in physical education for all grades (P–12).

All students accepted to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Fingerprint verification is required for work in New York City Department of Education schools if you already have fingerprint records or not. Follow these instructions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Candidates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of their basic science core, including concepts of exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning and development related to the performance and analysis of skillful movement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical constructs of the science core, and learning and development along with an understanding of historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of physical education.
  • Know how to attain and maintain personal levels of health-related fitness and competence in a variety of physical activities and movement patterns.
  • Know how to design short- and long-term developmentally appropriate lesson and unit plans that support the diverse learning needs of all students and address fitness, motor competence, and a variety of sport and physical activities.
  • Know how to develop and implement content specific, progressive, and sequential instruction that leads to active and fair learning experiences for all students while maintaining a safe teaching/learning environment with maximum academic learning time for all students
  • Know how to create and provide effective demonstrations, explanations, instructional cues, and feedback to support student learning.
  • Know how to select or develop appropriate assessments that accurately measure the achievement of all students’ instructional settings.
  • Know how to use assessment results and reflective practice to inform instruction, and maintain high standards for themselves and their students.

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Internships and Employers

As a student in the School of Education, you will complete internships in public and/or private schools throughout the New York City region. The internship is a 14-week, full-time, supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a childhood education teacher.

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