Physical Education

Degrees Granted
BS, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City, NY

Earn a degree from our top-ranking physical education program, learning to teach and advocate for fitness and wellness.

Why Earn Your BS in Physical Education?

Learn to use exercise, sports, games, and dance in age-appropriate programs for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. After earning your teaching certification, you can focus on improving the health of individuals and communities as a physical education teacher, health teacher, or coach, or pursue graduate study in related fields, such as health education.

Why Major in Physical Education at Adelphi?

  • Receive personalized attention in a small class setting, learning from distinguished faculty who are committed to your success.
  • Gain hands-on experience teaching diverse populations how to adopt and value an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Graduate ready to earn your New York state teacher certification for physical education for grades Pre-K through 12.

The Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS) is a vibrant, energized place to gather for sports and activities.


* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our undergraduate and graduate students have jobs or are continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

I owe all of my success to the professors I had at Adelphi University. They genuinely care about their students and put them in the best situations to excel. I could not have asked for a better experience, and I am forever grateful for the relationships I have made along the way.

Jacqueline Williams ’16 Physical education teacher, Manhasset Union Free School District, Long Island

Accelerated Degree and Minor Options

Take your degree in physical education to the next level with our accelerated degree option or explore your options by pairing a minor in physical education with another area of interest.

Minor in Physical Education

Get a taste of what our program is all about with a physical education minor. To minor in physical education, you are required to take 21 credits and a specific plan of study approved by faculty in the physical education program.

4+1: BS in Physical Education/MA in Health Education

Earn two degrees in just five years and land your dream teaching career with expertise in improving the health of individuals and communities.

Adelphi’s 4+1 pathway is the perfect option for aspiring educators who want a clear, efficient and affordable path to certification. You will graduate with a BS in Physical Education after four years, then spend one additional year earning your MA in Health Education—this is one year less than if you were to earn each degree separately.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Hands-on experience is a major part of the physical education teaching program at Adelphi. As part of your student teaching requirement, you will be placed in a school district for student teaching and practicum experiences throughout Long Island and New York City schools where you will spend eight weeks in a K–6 setting and eight weeks in a 7–12 setting, full time, five days per week.

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

Awards & Recognition

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Woodruff Hall 166

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