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.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

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

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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Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette

The spirit moved civil rights pioneer Bernard LaFayette to end his talk at St. Francis College on February 21, 2017 with a song. From original Freedom Rider with now Congressman John Lewis, to a close confidant and organizer with Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernard LaFayette has spent his lifetime fighting for justice and equality through non-violence.

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New Graduates Celebrate New Year

Valedictorian Christine Muraco '17, Commencement Speaker Evelyn Wolfe, Interim President Timothy Houlihan and the Winter Commencement Class of 2017 made for an amazing day January 9, 2017 as they rang in the new year with almost 100 new graduates of St. Francis College.

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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