Physical Education

Physical Education

Program Overview

Whether you're considering a teaching career or have set your sights on a job in recreation or sports management, public relations or in the allied health field, we have a program to fit your needs.

Teacher Certification programs
Non-teaching programs
Admission Criteria

Teacher Certification Programs

Physical education majors may choose between two certification programs:

  • Physical Education and Health - Certifies graduates to teach health and physical education to children in kindergarten through high school, and qualifies them for a New York State coaching license.
  • Physical Education - Certifies graduates to teach physical education in grades K through 12 and qualifies them for a New York State coaching license.

All students participate in continuous and extensive clinical and laboratory experiences at Canisius and in the public schools. They do in-school observations, micro teaching with peers, teacher assisting, and small-group instruction. 

Both programs end with a student teaching experience in the P-12 schools. Each student teacher is given the opportunity to take on the role of a full-time teacher in elementary, middle school and high school classrooms and gymnasium settings. 

Non-Teaching Programs

Physical Education majors who wish to pursue a career other than teaching may major in physical education sport studies. 

  • Students in the physical education sports studies program can also choose a sports psychology minor or sport administration concentration.

The sports psychology minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sports, physical activity, exercise and health psychology, and coaching. It prepares students for a variety of professional careers in coaching, sports psychology, or graduate school.

The sport administration concentration prepares students for positions in recreation or management of sports or fitness facilities. Students will also find opportunities in sports marketing, public relations and promotion.

Admissions Criteria

Students in the teacher certification programs must complete and attain a 2.5 overall GPA and a C or above in all major courses before they will be permitted to student teach.