Physical Education Studies

Physical Education Studies

Being a Physical Education major gives you the opportunity to teach and influence others on how to improve one's quality of life through physical activity. Share your enthusiasm for health, fitness, and sport with others.

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Physical Education Studies program can be completed online?

  • Physical Education Studies AS (50% or more can be completed online)
  • Physical Education Studies AAS (50% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

Physical Education Student writing on clipboardGCC's Physical Education Studies program is strong due to its blend of liberal arts and science as well as an introduction to Physical Education theory.

This program also allows you to transfer and complete a Bachelor's Degree in a specific Physical Education area of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to earn coaching certification for New York State Non-Certified Physical Education Teachers.


Career Opportunities

The most rewarding aspect of being a part of Health and Physical Education is being able to make a difference in an individual's life, and on a larger scale, the country's well-being. Some of the major issues facing our country concern weight and health. Selecting a career in a fitness and health-related field gives you the opportunity to make a difference.

  • Adaptive PE Specialist
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Aquatics Director
  • Athletic Coach Nutritionist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Dietitian
  • College Health/PE Instructor/Professor
  • Early Childhood Motor Skills Instructor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • Health/PE Teacher
  • Human Kinetics Specialist
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Umpire/Referee

Certification Opportunities

  • Adult, Infant, Child CPR
  • AED Essentials
  • Child Abuse Mandated Reporter
  • DASA
  • Lifeguarding
  • NYS Coaching certification
  • Responding to Emergencies
  • SAVE
  • Water Safety Instruction

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Canisius College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY Cortland

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.