Why Physical Education?
- 1Having a degree in Physical Education does not mean you have to become a P.E. teacher. According to The Princeton Review, Physical Education majors also work as coaches, recreational managers, personal trainers, and more.
- 2If you are passionate about sports, physical fitness, or both, studying Physical Education will help you turn your passion into a career.
- 3According to the United States Department of Labor, the need for fitness professionals is expected to increase by 24%, faster than average, by 2020.
Why Study Physical Education at Saint Joseph's College?
Students can major or minor in Physical Education. Our Physical Education major is tailored to the needs of each student. Therefore, we offer two concentrations:
- Physical Education Teaching - designed for those who want to teach Physical Education at an elementary or secondary level and includes majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Education
- Physical Education Non-Teaching - designed for those who are interested in pursuing a career in wellness, fitness, or recreationand prepares students for careers in health club management, wellness management, athletic sales, recreation, and leisure
- Sports Management - prepares students for various positions in sports and fitness organizations, collegiate and high school athletic departments, and sports retailing and marketing
- Athletic Training - prepares students to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries for both athletes and non-athletes
Our Physical Education courses are designed to provide sound theory and practical application in Physical Education. The curriculum acquaints students with professional skills, techniques, and competencies while attending to their cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development. Therefore, the SJC Department of Physical Education gives Physical Education students a tremendous amount of practical experience. For example, Physical Education students act as personal trainers for volunteer participants in PE 327: Physiology of Exercise, a required Physical Education class. Over the course of the semester, each student meets with his or her participant two or three times a week. The student is responsible for helping his or her participant establish fitness goals and designing a program that will help meet those goals.
SJC also offers Physical Education students hands-on opportunities outside of the classroom. For example, many of our Physical Education students work as personal trainers, assistants to athletic trainers, and fitness monitors for the campus wellness program.
Dedication to Excellence
The SJC Department of Physical Education is committed to academic excellence. As a result, Physical Education students are placed in a learning-focused environment, where they are given opportunities to demonstrate their ability to perform and excel within the program. All Physical Education faculty members are committed to excellence and dedicate the time and resources needed to aid in student success.
Faculty and Class Size
The Department of Physical Education at SJC consists of faculty who have earned doctoral degrees and have extensive professional experience in various fields of Physical Education.