Prof. Sanders teaching dance class

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)

Upon satisfactory completion of all major and minor Physical Education coursework and student teaching, students are eligible for K-12 licensure


Why Physical Education?

  • 1Prepares you to work with students in public, or private, institutions from preschool to high school in the  Physical Education setting.
  • 2Allows you to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills which will impact the students you work with on a day to day basis.  
  • 3Provides hands-on learning and real world experience to prepare you for your future career as a Physical Educator.

Careers in Physical Education

  • Physical Education Teacher

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?


Our Physical Education major is tailored to the needs of each student. Students have the opportunity to take electives in the Exercise Science Department to create their own area of expertise or interest.

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.
  • Exercise Science - prepares students for graduate degrees in various Exercise Sciences disciplines and sub -disciplines.
  • Fitness & Wellness - prepares students for careers in coaching, personal training, as a strength and conditioning coach, fitness coaching, and wellness advising.

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 Exercise Science gives Physical Education students a tremendous amount of practical experience. For example, Physical Education students enrolled in EXS 331: Adaptive Physcial Education course act as aids in physical education classrooms in the local school system. Students also select an activity to implement an instructional adaptation lesson where they teach lessons for student with disabilities including visual impairment, hearing impairment, or loss of limb/ limb control.

Dedication to Excellence

The SJC Department of Exercise Science  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 Exercise Science 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 Exercise Science at SJC consists of faculty who have earned doctoral degrees and have extensive professional experience in various fields of Physical Education.


  • “Teaching Dance in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education”


“Social Dance Basics Returning to Saint Joseph's College”: Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dr. Gary Sanders teaches dance class

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Gary Yeoman '15

Gary Yeoman '15

Major: Physical Education

Minor: Business


"The SJC Physical Education faculty are great role models for me. They don't teach just by the book. Instead, they teach from their personal experiences and are always looking for more accomplishments for me to achieve."

Explore the Core
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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

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

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

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


  • Images of Students


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

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.