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Physical Education Studies, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5299.30
Curriculum Code: 1485
Campus Location: City, North, South, Distance

Business and Public Service Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations:  Physical Education/Athletic Participation or interest.


Program Description

The mission of the Associate in Science Physical Education Studies Program is to provide students with a solid foundation of learning experiences which will enable them to seamlessly transfer into a four-year program pursuing a degree in Physical Education. The curriculum accomplishes this task by providing a unique set of courses which were written incorporating the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards for Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers. These specialty Physical Education Studies courses are then merged with a strong base of courses designed to meet SUNY General Education requirements. Finally, students learn first-hand about their career path by shadowing professional educators engaged in the field in Western New York schools. Taken together, this coordination of learning and experiences will lead to solid transfer opportunities at four-year institutions in the physical education specialty area.

After graduation from SUNY Erie, a student in this career field can pursue a bachelor's degree program that will allow him/her to graduate with a teaching certification in physical education.

The Health, Wellness and Physical Education Studies (HWPES) Department offers many health, physical education, therapeutic recreation and recreation courses on all three SUNY Erie campuses. This allows students to experience a wide variety of course offerings tailored to their specific career goals.

As the site for the 1993 World University Games, SUNY Erie has world-class athletic facilities. The administration at SUNY Erie has seen fit to support  the HWPES department with the financial resources necessary to acquire cutting edge physical education equipment for our student's use. This allows our students to learn and practice on state of the art technology and equipment that they will be expected to use when they enter the workforce.

For more information, (716) 851-1745 or e-mail

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Science degree in Physical Education Studies the student will:

  • be able to understand and apply scientific and theoretical concepts specific to Physical Education;
  • understand and demonstrate standards of practice of Physical Education in a professional manner;
  • demonstrate use of current methods, skills and technology in Physical Education; and
  • be able to identify and perform the duties and responsibilities of the Physical Education professional.

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your adviser for details.


Total Degree Credits: 62

First Year / Fall Semester Credit Hours: 15

First Year / Spring Semester Credit Hours: 17.0

Second Year / Fall Semester Credit Hours: 16.0

Second Year / Spring Semester Credit Hours: 14

  • PE 265 - Physical Education Practicum II Credit Hours: 2 (Note 2)
  • Humanities Elective from SUNY Gen. Ed. Humanities List Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology Elective from SUNY list of PS Social Sciences Electives Credit Hours: 3
  • (3) PE Activity Electives Credit Hours: 3 (Note 1)
  • PE Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 5)


  1. It is strongly recommended that students complete  PE 289 (Lifeguarding), PE 290 (Lifeguarding Instructor), RE 104 (Aquatics), and PE 295 (Water Safety Instructor) as electives where possible.
  2. PE Elective by advisement acceptable.
  3. Or higher MT course (4 Credit Hours).
  4. Or Open College (Transferable) Elective.
  5. Select from PE 103 (Sports Officiating), PE 105 (Sports Through Media), PE 111 (History of Sport in the United States), PE 120 (Social Psychology of Sport), or PE 225 (Introduction to Coaching Sports).

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