B.S. degree program in adolescence education: physical education teacher (all grades)
HEGIS code 0835
NYS SED program code 26746

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Blitzer, Laura Undergraduate Deputy 718-951-5514 4th Fl West Quad laurablitzer @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  


Undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Education candidates are required to take a number of pedagogical courses and a wide range of sport and physical activity courses in addition to theoretical and exercise science classes. In their senior year, they must complete student teaching with experiences at both the elementary school and secondary school levels. In collaboration with the Departments of Secondary Education and Childhood and Special Education, the program is designed in cooperation with the liberal arts and sciences faculties and in consultation with local schools so that our students may develop the knowledge and proficiencies needed to work with New York City's racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse student population. Graduates of our physical education teacher education program are assistant principals in many of the public schools in Brooklyn and make up a large percentage of the faculty in the borough's physical education departments.

Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 to declare a major in Physical Education - Teacher Education. Students must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 to remain a major in the program. Physical Education - Teacher Education majors must have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater in required Department of Kinesiology coursework to graduate. Physical Education Teacher Education majors must also meet all Education requirements to register for Education classes and to be admitted as a Teacher Education candidate. See requirements for details.

Adolescence education (grades 7-12) and special subject programs are writing intensive.

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Degree programs in adolescence education and in special subjects include a major in an appropriate department of the college. Completion of a special subjects program as part of a major in physical education qualifies students for New York State initial certification in special subjects for all grades.
Program Requirements (78 credits)
Kinesiology 1120#, 2500, 3000, 3005, 3010, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3060, 3080@, 3105, 3116, 3150, 3281, 3285, 3290, 3295, 3401, 3402, 4200W, 4250, 4412.

SEED 2001 or CBSE 2001.
SEED 2002 or CBSE 2002.

# Competency in swimming
Competency may be demonstrated by any of the following:
(i) Completion of Kinesiology 1120 Swimming
(ii) Successful completion of the departmental swimming test. Consult the department office for details and dates.
(iii) Current Red Cross certification as a Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor

@Students must complete Kinesiology 3080, Field Experience in Physical Education as early as possible after declaring their major. Must be completed prior to Student Teaching.
Admission requirements and academic standing for Teacher Education
Students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Kinesiology 3401 or 3402 or Secondary Education 2001 and 2002/Childhood and Special Education 2001 and 2002;

an average of 2.75 in Secondary Education 2001 and 2002/Childhood and Special Education 2001 and 2002 is required to continue to Kinesiology 3401 and/or 3402;

to take Kinesiology 4412, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the Chairperson or designee of the Department of Kinesiology.
Department honors
To qualify for honors in Physical Education or Exercise Science, a major must maintain a scholastic index of at least 3.50 in all advanced work in the major; and satisfactorily complete the following: Kinesiology 4900 Directed Research in Kinesiology plus honors work in an advanced elective in the department (course to be determined in consultation with sponsoring faculty member and approved by Chair). In addition, the student must have the recommendation of at least 2 faculty members of the Department and a recommendation from and the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology.