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Physical Education A.S.

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An emphasis on professionalism, sportsmanship, health awareness and extracurricular activities.

The Physical Education program at Herkimer College readies you to transfer to a four-year college or university. The curriculum emphasizes professionalism, sportsmanship, health awareness and extracurricular athletics activities.

As a graduate you'll be prepared to:

  • Write and develop a lesson plan
  • Demonstrate and develop leadership skills
  • Analyze individual athletic skills and correct common errors
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of history, rules and strategies
  • Instruct and demonstrate athletic skills

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Students have transferred to colleges and universities such as Syracuse, Penn State, Adelphi, Hofstra, Rhode Island, SUC at Cortland, Ithaca, Springfield and Bowling Green. Students who transfer may then specialize in fields of Education, Sport Science, Fitness, Health and Administration. Past Herkimer students who have obtained their bachelor 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.

Featured Graduate

Olivia TooleyOlivia 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.”

Course Catalog

View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Physical Education A.S.

Job Opportunities

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

Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.

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