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B.S. in Physical Education

B.S. in Physical EducationCombine your passion for fitness and sports with your desire to work with children. As a physical education teacher you will instruct school-age children on healthy living, exercise, physical fitness and team spirit. Nearly all schools in New York State, from kindergarten through high school, employ physical education teachers. A well-designed health and physical activity program can have a lasting impact on a child's life.

LIU Post’s 129-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education will teach you how to develop and implement a developmentally appropriate activity program that enhances motor skills, physical fitness and the acquisition of movement-related knowledge. You will learn techniques to improve children’s motor development and fitness, and help them practice fundamental movement patterns, specialized skills, and lifetime movement activities. You will learn how to develop lessons and activities for various ages and ability levels.

Courses cover curriculum design, skill development, student performance evaluations, human biology and basic first aid. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to field experience at local school districts. This program offers an excellent foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and prepares you for Initial Certification to teach Kindergarten through Grade 12.

The degree program is accredited by TEAC, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying that the program of study is exemplary in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education also offers an optional Sports Medicine Design Specialization to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience to design, develop and teach an “Introduction to Sports Medicine” program in a high school setting.

Program Goals

  • To produce qualified, caring and competent educators to meet the health and physical educational needs of a diverse society
  • To provide educational experiences that promote fitness, health and skill proficiency for the K-12 school curriculum
  • To prepare students with the knowledge and skills to sit for the New York State Teacher Certification Exam, and qualify to teach physical education on the elementary, middle and high school levels
  • To provide the greatest versatility for a wide range of employment opportunities, including coaching, sports officiating, teaching, physical training and recreational programming