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Physical Education Studies, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5299.30
Curriculum Code: 1485.PES
Campus Location: City, North, 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 Society of Health and Physical Educator (SHAPE) Standards as a guide. 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 prepare students for success 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 take the NYS Teacher Certification Exam and Content Specialty Exam for “NYS Initial Teacher Certification” certificate or pursue out of state opportunities.

Department members work hard to establish and maintain articulation agreements and relationships with physical education programs at four-year colleges. This not only benefits our students in a seamless transfer, but the collaboration allows for cutting edge curriculum. SUNY Erie graduates in physical education excel among their peers at their chosen four-year physical education programs, and ultimately compete for a career as a Physical Education teacher.

For more information, call (716) 851-1745 or e-mail Bochynski@ecc.edu  

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

  • Credit Hours: 2 (Note 2)
  • General Education Elective from SUNY GER 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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