Program Description


Physical education is the instruction of motor skills, games, and lifelong physical fitness. Physical education in K-12 schools also includes the teaching of social and personal skills related to participating in a lifetime of physical activity.

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 program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a top mark of distinction for teacher preparation programs.

The Curriculum

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.

About Manhattan College

Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Lasallian mission drives our focus on quality education for all and service to our neighbors in need. Our picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan. Manhattan College offers more than 100 programs in six distinct schools — a complexity not usually found in an institution with only 4,000 students.