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Associate in Science in Physical Education

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0899

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Physical Education?

The program curriculum parallels the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year college or university and will also serve as a preparation for careers such as the following: teacher of health and physical education, recreation director, private fitness center administrator, and personal trainer/coach.

If I major in Physical Education, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. ECC grants the associate’s degree and you can complete the next two years at an upper-level institution to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a wide variety of physical skills and techniques of activities;
  • Demonstrate first aid skills and techniques needed in emergency situations;
  • Develop personal, positive philosophies of healthy living and physical education that are consistent with expected professional standards and are based on reflective thinking about their learning;
  • Identify and discuss several career options available to a degreed physical educator; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘fitness and health’ terminology in written and/oral form.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(17 – 18 credits)

HLT 101 Healthful Living (3 credits)
PHE 101 Introduction to Physical Education (2 credits)
PHE 115 First Aid and Safety (2 credits)
PHE 119 Concepts in Physical Education (2 credits)
Physical Education elective (PHE course) (one 1- or 2-credit course)
Choose any seven activity electives (PHE courses) (seven 1-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(12 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
Social Science elective – choose any course designated ANT, CJI, EDU, POL, PSY, REL, or SOC (one 3-credit course)
Literature elective – choose any 200-level ENG course (one 3-credit course)
History elective – choose the HST course needed to complete the history sequence (one 3-credit course)

Total Credits Required for Degree: 62 – 63

 

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PHE 101 Introduction to Physical Education (2 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
PHE 119 Concepts in Physical Education (2 credits)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)

Summer Session
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
HLT 101 Healthful Living (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)
Activity (PHE course) elective (1 credit)

Fourth Semester
PHE 115 First Aid & Safety (2 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
Physical Education elective (1 – 2 credits)
Literature elective (3 credits)
History elective (to complete the history sequence) (3 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.