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 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

Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.

To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.

Transfer opportunities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Canisius College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Cortland