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Physical Education

Make the World a Healthier Place

Overview

A sound body leads to a sound mind. Becoming a Physical Education teacher is an amazing way to reach thousands of children and help make the world a healthier place.

A sound body leads to a sound mind.

The Physical Education Major is part of the Education Department and boosts a highly successful track record, putting many students on the path for a variety of careers.

Physical Education Majors learn about:

  • Kinesiology,
  • Biomechanics,
  • Psychology of Sport,
  • Motor Learning,
  • Adapted PE

Topics covered include:

  • The study of human movement,
  • Exercise physiology,
  • Legal concepts,
  • Practical teaching skills,
  • and, Assessment of physical education
Many graduates have gone on to earn their New York State Teacher’s Certification in Physical Education and are now teaching in New York City public and private schools as well as across the region. Others pursue careers as personal and team trainers, coaches, sports psychologists and physical therapists.

Faculty

Marina Gair

Marina Gair

Assistant Professor
Education, Honors
Richard Giaquinto

Richard Giaquinto

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor
Education
Peter Leibman

Peter Leibman

Associate Professor
Education
Ricardo Maxwell-Ordain

Ricardo Maxwell-Ordain

Adjunct Professor
Education
John McNamara

John McNamara

Professor
Sports Management, Education
Carl Quigley

Carl Quigley

Adjunct Professor
Education
Debra Reecks-Rodgers

Debra Reecks-Rodgers

Assistant Professor
Education
Gerard Shaw

Gerard Shaw

Associate Professor
Sports Management, Education

News & Events

News

U.S. News & World Report Names SFC to 5 'Best' Lists

While students are still getting used to their new schedule, they received some reaffirming news about the decision they made to attend St. Francis College, as U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis on 5 Best lists for the 2018 year including Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity

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SFC Again Named Best Bang for the Buck

With a new president ready to begin the school year, St. Francis College heads into the Labor Day weekend with an honor from Washington Monthly magazine, named for a second year in a row as a Best Bang for the Buck among colleges in the northeast.

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10th Year Forbes Selects SFC for America's Top Colleges List

Every year Forbes offers prospective college students and their parents a way to find the best colleges for their money, and every year St. Francis College is offered as one of the choices. With the release of the 2017 rankings, St. Francis has now been ranked one of America's Top Colleges all 10 years that Forbes has published the list.

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St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

The goals of the St. Francis Physical Education Program are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Familiar with the New York State Learning Standards in Physical Education.
  • Familiar with current research and practices in Physical Education.
  • Disposed to be reflective, caring learners who strive for excellence in teaching.
  • Models of health and fitness and active, informed citizens who are committed to lifelong learning.
  • Committed to continually increase their knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  • Determined to create a classroom environment where health, fitness, and good sportsmanship are a priority.
  • Effective communicators to learners, parents, and peers.
    Advocates for health, fitness, and integrated learning.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue