Physical Education

SJC's Physical Education Program is designed to provide students with sound theory and practical application. The curriculum acquaints students with professional skills, techniques, and competencies while attending to their cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development. Students can choose to major in Physical Education with a teaching track or Physical Education with a non-teaching track. 



BS in Physical Education (4 year)


Physical Education Teaching and Physical Education Non-Teaching

Also available as a minor

Secondary education certification is available

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. 

Careers in Physical Education

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Coach
  • Recreation Leader

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Ball State University
  • New York University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
Similar Studies:
  • 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

Hands-on Experience

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. 

Victoria Berenda '15

Victoria Berenda '15

Major: English: Creative Writing 

Minors: Physical Education and Art


Victoria has been an intern for TIME magazine this summer. 

Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.