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Physical Education

Make the World a Healthier Place

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.

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.

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

Courses and Program Info

About the department

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.

Faculty

Marina Gair

Marina Gair

Department Chairperson, Associate 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

NYU's Dr. John Sexton to Address St. Francis College as Keynote Speaker at this Year's Charter Day Convocation

John Sexton, Ph.D., President Emeritus of New York University, will address the St. Francis College community on April 26th, as keynote speaker at the Charter Day convocation, the college's annual ceremony to present students, faculty, staff and community partners with awards and scholarships reflecting their achievements over the past year.

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