2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Health and Physical Education, BS (Not Admitting Students)

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*Note: The School of Education is not admitting students for the Health and Physical Education program.


For Intra-University Transfers:
School of Education, Office of Academic and Student Services, https://soe.syr.edu/students/academic-services/.
Sharon Dotger, Faculty Director of Teacher Education and Undergraduate Studies, 315-443-9138, sdotger@syr.edu
Ja Youn Kwon, jkwon02@syr.edu

Syracuse University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Health and Physical Education meets the academic requirements for New York State initial certification, in both Health AND Physical Education, therefore providing graduates with two New York State teaching certifications (all grades in Health Education and all grades in Physical Education) as well as teacher certification in states with reciprocal agreements. The New York Physical Education certification also qualifies teacher candidates to coach any sport in any school (7-12) in the state of New York.

The degree program emphasizes teaching methods that encourage all children to embrace a physically active and healthy lifestyle with a focus on urban and inclusive settings. The unique location of Syracuse University and the diversity of the surrounding community provide numerous authentic field experiences in urban and suburban settings alike starting in the first year. The School of Education affords its teacher candidates the advantages of resources found only at a major research university, and are enhanced with a strong liberal arts core. Our small class sizes allow teacher candidates to develop strong, personal relationships with their professors, advisors, and peers.

Teacher candidates spend a minimum of 25 hours in the public schools each academic year, culminating with full time student teaching experiences in both health education and physical education in private and public school settings, meeting the time requirements for both as mandated by the NYSED.

The Dual Certification in Health and Physical Education will require a minimum of 136 credits hours and requires teacher candidates to attain a 3.0 GPA by senior year student teaching. Student teaching requirements also include successful completion of the Child Health and Life Safety Seminar and CPR/AED and First Aid certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

 1. Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students

2. Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and plan instruction that ensures growth and achievement for all students

3. Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards

4. Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports achievement and growth

5. Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction

6. Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning

7. Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional growth

Program Requirements

Foreign Language

One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English (including American Sign Language), or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study. If Language requirement has been met, a 3-credit liberal arts elective must be taken in its place.

Professional Courses

Activity Courses (10 credits total)

Required Activity Courses:

Aquatics (choose 2 credits)

Open Elective (Any course - 3 credits)

Additional Notes

  • *CPR/AED/FA certification must be valid during student teaching
  • *WSI certification recommended prior to student teaching

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