2012-2013 Student Catalog 
    May 25, 2024  
2012-2013 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education Studies, AS

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:            5299.30
SUNY Code:             1485
Major Code:             PED

The Career

This two-year program is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for transfer to a baccalaureate program for fields such as teacher preparation (physical education and/or health studies), athletic training, coaching and exercise science. In addition, through the context of the Science & Health Education Division, we offer a three-credit hour Personal Trainer course with the option of sitting for the certification exam through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF).

The NCCC Approach

Performance course work includes classes in aquatics, dance, goal sports, net and wall sports, outdoor activities, personal performance activities, target sports, striking and fielding sports. Knowledge and skill acquisition stressing theory and practice to develop competencies and proficiencies will be stressed. The life science component of either anatomy and physiology or human biology prepares students for baccalaureate-level required sciences. In addition, students will complete requirements in the humanities, arts & media, social sciences, mathematics and computer technology, providing a general education component to prepare them for life experiences in a changing society. Through the advisement process faculty will work individually with students to assist in course selection based upon transfer interest.


Students admitted in September and January.

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

Dual Admissions & Articulation Agreements

Canisius College (Dual admissions)
Sage College of Albany (Articulation only)
SUNY College at Brockport (Articulation only)
SUNY College at Cortland (Articulation only)

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Prepare students for transfer into a teacher preparation program at a four-year institution.
  • Facilitate the completion of 10 of 10 General Education Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will:

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained by successful completion of physical education activity coursework.
  • Complete the SAVE workshop.
  • Complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting seminar and recognize and report signs of abuse.
  • Incorporate the New York State Teaching Standards into daily lesson plans.
  • Complete a satisfactory teaching portfolio.
  • Complete 30 hours of physical education field placement hours required by the State Education Department.

Program Requirements (PED)

  1. A total of at least 62 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Biology/Kinesiology/Health and Physical Education: A minimum of 32 credit hours to include:
    BIO 117 - Human Biology 
    HPE 225 - Kinesiology/Exercise & Sport 
    BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
    HPE 225 - Kinesiology/Exercise & Sport 
    BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
    BIO 214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  AND

    AND the following with one of the three options above:
    HED 201 - Healthful Living 
    HPE 136 - Foundations of Physical Education 
    HPE 212 - Motor Behavior 
    HPE 213L - Motor Behavior Lab 
    ___  ___    HED/HPE/PED electives
  3. Humanities and Arts: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    ENG 101 - Writing I *
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 
    ___  ___    Arts elective to be chosen to meet the Arts (AR) General Education  Requirement
    ___  ___    Language or Speech elective by advisement
  4. Liberal Arts Elective: A minimum of 6 credit hours to be chosen to meet two of the following General Education  Requirements:
    ___  ___   Humanities (H) AND if not already met, one of the following:
    ___  ___   American History (AW), Language (FL), Other World Civilization (OW) or Western Civilization (WC)
  5. Mathematics/Physical Science: A minimum of 6 credit hours selected through advisement.*
    CIS 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications 
    MAT 164 - Introduction to Statistics 
  6. Social Science: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
    PSY 110 - Introduction to Psychology 
    ___  ___   Social Science elective to be chosen to meet one of the following unmet General Education  Requirements: American History (AH), Other World Civilization (OW) or Western Civilization (WC)


Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16/17

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16/18


 * Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

 ** Brockport—Select 2 of the following performance courses: PED 178-Softball, PED 164-Beginning Karate, (PED 195-Power Volleyball or PED 168-Racquetball), (PED 126-Archery or PED 140-Golf).

*** Canisius recommends MAT 164, Introduction to Statistics; however, MAT 114, Mathematics for Liberal Arts, will be accepted.  Although a 1 credit hour HPE/PED elective will fulfill NCCC degree requirements, Canisius highly recommends completing a 3 credit HPE or HED elective.  See your advisor for more details.

Cortland—PED 142-Physical Fitness, PED 164-Beginning Karate, SPE 102-Public Speaking

+ SPE 101, Speech Communication—Brockport
   PHI 169, Philosophy of Religion—Canisius
SPE 102, Public Speaking—Cortland


Housed within the Athletics Building, is a state of-the-art Health Education Center (HEC). A 2,500 square foot fitness center includes the latest Cybex equipment and a number of the most popular cardiovascular machines currently on the market. In addition, NCCC Athletics facility houses an Olympic-sized pool, two gymnasiums, dance studio, racquetball and squash courts.

The NCCC Athletics & Intramural/Recreation Department is comprised of 11 athletic teams and numerous intramural and recreation programs and events. Our technology, enhancing the professional development of our students, is exemplary. Wireless computers, heart rate monitors, Tri-Fit technology and Dartfish technology are integrated into all classes offered through the Division.

The Personal Trainer course provides in-depth, hands-on training that can lead to a national certification as a personal trainer. If interested, students can take credit courses to expand the Adventure Education component of the degree program.

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

Dolce-Valvo Scholarship 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study