Matthew Madden, chair
Park Center, Room 1126
School of Professional Studies
Helena Baert, JoEllen Bailey, Rebecca Bryan, Colleen Buchanan, Tim Davis, John Foley, Tom Fuchs, Kate Hovey, Cathy MacDonald, Lynn Couturier MacDonald, Matthew Madden, Diana Niland, Erica Pratt, Tom Quinn, Helene Schmid, Amanda Tepfer, Jeff Walkuski, Virginia Wright
For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.
Bachelor of Science in Education in Physical Education
Adapted Physical Education
Outdoor Adventure Education
The primary purpose of the B.S.Ed. program is teacher preparation for elementary and secondary schools, although graduates enter many other fields such as youth development, personal training, coaching and sports administration, sales, business, real estate, law enforcement and the military. Our graduates have developed communication, collaboration, organizational and leadership skills that can be applied in any career setting. The program includes theory, teaching methods courses, activity courses and fieldwork experiences.
- Study abroad, including study in Germany and Federation University, Australia
- Student teaching at the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Early field experiences in schools
- Professional development opportunities through the Alliance of Physical Education Majors (APEM)
- SUNY Cortland hosts the annual NYSAHPERD North/South Central Zone Conference
- Outdoor education at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake
- Specialized indoor activity areas including ice arena, Olympic-sized pool, two dance studios, gymnastics gymnasium, four all-purpose gymnasiums, including one with a ropes course/climbing wall, squash/racquetball courts, field house, and activity and movement pedagogy lab
- Specialized outdoor activity areas including 16 tennis courts and a multipurpose athletic complex, including two turf fields suitable for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football, as well as an eight-lane all-weather 400 meter track with multiple runways and pits for jumping events
- Recreational fitness and wellness opportunities in the Student Life Center
- Coaching certification for non-physical education majors
New York state coaching certification for non-physical education majors is offered as a noncredit, Web-based program through the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office, Education Building, Room 1105, 607-753-2824.
Courses offered for the coaching certification include:
- Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics
- Health Sciences Applied to Coaching (Responding to Emergencies/First Aid)
- Theory and Techniques of Coaching
Enrollment in the Major
In order to enter and continue to move through the following professional block sequence (PED 201, 356, EDU 255, 256, 355, 454, 455 and 456), a student must have and must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. Failure to maintain the minimum 2.5 grade point average after entering the professional block sequence will result in being placed in a probationary status within the major. Probationary status is determined by the grade point average earned at the end of each semester. Retroactive grade changes due to repeated course work will not alter probationary or dismissal status in the major. A student will not be allowed to enroll in further professional block courses until the grade point average requirement is met. A student who falls below the 2.5 minimum grade point average for a second semester will be subject to dismissal from the major.
Students may repeat a teaching block course no more than one time.
Students who wish to change their major to physical education will enter a competitive pool for limited slots. Applications are evaluated at the end of the semester after grades are posted.
The state of New York requires a minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Those field experiences may require transportation to schools or after-school programs. When possible, transportation is coordinated among class members.
In addition to academic requirements, physical education majors must demonstrate competent movement performance and a health-enhancing level of fitness, as described in the SHAPE America Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards (2017). Specifically, they must:
- exhibit personal competence in fundamental motor skills as well as skillful performance in a minimum of four physical education content areas of physical activities and movement patterns; and
- achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness throughout the program.
These competencies are embedded in program course work. Students must attain an acceptable level of performance to successfully exit those courses.
Students also are expected to observe professional dress codes when enrolled in the activity courses, teaching labs and field experiences. Requirements are specified in the advisement manual in individual course syllabi.
Note: Two courses required for the major, EDU 256 Seminar for Field Experience and PED 308 Outdoor Adventure Education for Teachers, include on-campus meetings/labs during the semester the student is enrolled in the course(s). However, since the experiential portion of these two courses occurs at off-campus locations after the semester ends, a late grade (LG) is assigned during the grade submission period. Once all requirements for these courses have been completed, LG grades will be converted to letter grades for EDU 256 and PED 308.
Please note that students receiving LG grades for a particular semester will not be eligible for recognition in meeting the requirements for the Dean's List or the President's List. Students who may otherwise be eligible for one, or both of these honors, but are denied such recognition due to the unconventional timing of these courses should contact the department chair's office for intervention on their behalf.
Eligibility for Student Teaching
To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have an overall Cortland grade point average of 2.5. In addition, a student must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite courses, have an accepted portfolio, complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR), Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) and Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshops, and have no grade lower than a C- in PED 201, EDU 255, EDU 256, EDU 355 and PED 356. Students must be eligible at the time of application; if ineligible, they must reapply when eligibility is achieved.
Students who fail to meet the grade point average requirement at the end of the semester prior to student teaching will have their placement cancelled. Winter/summer classes may not be used to improve the grade point average to avoid cancellation of the placement.
- See degree requirements listed in this catalog.
- Liberal Arts Requirements: 60 credit hours.
- In order to enter and continue to move through the following professional block sequence (PED 201, 356, EDU 255, 256, 355, 454, 455 and 456) students must have and must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. Failure to maintain the minimum 2.5 grade point average after entering the professional block sequence will result in students being placed in a probationary status within the major. Students will not be allowed to enroll in further professional block courses until the grade point average requirement is met. Students who fall below the 2.5 minimum grade point average for a second semester will be subject to dismissal from the major.
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