Why Choose Physical Education?
Certification & Accreditation
Manhattan’s physical education program is approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). It leads to New York State teaching certification in physical education K-12, allowing you to be a P.E. teacher in primary or secondary schools.
The professional curriculum in the physical education major, combined with courses in liberal arts and sciences, is designed to prepare teachers and leaders for elementary and secondary schools. You will learn about the scientific principles of human movement, as well as how to become an effective teacher.
In addition to your coursework, all physical education majors must complete a total of 100 hours of fieldwork in K-12 schools, which can include serving as a teacher’s assistant, as well as planning and presenting physical activities to students. After you finish your fieldwork, you will complete an additional 60 full-time days of supervised student teaching prior to graduation.
The Manhattan College campus and our local community provide numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, including:
Manhattan College Games: Each spring, the Kinesiology Department and its honor society, Phi Epsilon Kappa, host a day of physical activities for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center: Students can help provide recreational programming for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Manhattan College Fitness Center: The campus fitness center provides work-study opportunities reserved for physical education students to work as fitness attendants and personal trainers in the JasperFit program.