Professionalism, sportsmanship, health awareness, and extracurricular activities.

The Physical Education program at Herkimer College prepares you to develop lesson plans, analyze athletic skills and correct errors, instruct and demonstrate athletic skills, and more. You will develop your leadership skills, and upon completion of the program you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your bachelor's degree.

Graduates have transferred to colleges and universities such as Syracuse, Penn State, Adelphi, Hofstra, Rhode Island, SUC at Cortland, Ithaca, Springfield, and Bowling Green. Upon transfer you may specialize in fields of Education, Sport Science, Fitness, Health, and Administration. Past Herkimer students who have obtained their bachelor's degree in Physical Education are now employed as full-time teachers, coaches, and administrators at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels throughout New York State and beyond.


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience.

Cost Of Attendance

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Career opportunities await

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Health Education Teacher
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Recreation Officer
  • Sports Coach
  • Recreation Therapist

Olivia Tooley enjoys everything about her job.  As the Athletic Director for Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School in Utica, NY, Tooley is responsible for the daily functioning of teams, student-athletes, and coaches.  In addition to schedule, budget and policy duties, she coaches the Girls Varsity Basketball and Softball teams.

“The challenge is what motivates me and the student-athletes are what inspire me,” Tooley says.  “My dream has always been to become an Athletic Director, so I am very fortunate to have this job and work in a great environment with supportive staff and administration.”

Tooley was a member of the first Herkimer Softball team to go the NJCAA Softball World Series, and made lifelong friends from the experience.  She remembers her time at Herkimer College fondly.  “Herkimer played a huge role in my readiness for a four-year school and the working world.  The Physical Education instructors were experienced and took great pride in teaching, which inspired me to continue my degree.”


 "The athletics department has always over achieved with the long winning history and achievements. I really enjoy the family environment of the college where everybody knows each other and gets along with each other. It is really nice to work and teach at Herkimer College."