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If you want to teach physical education and/or coach in elementary and secondary schools, this major is for you! You will obtain initial New York State teaching and coaching certification for kindergarten through grade 12. 

Program Highlights


You will complete student teaching and observe in classrooms.


This minor is built into the physical education curriculum.


You will have the opportunity to attend and potentially present at conferences - a great experience to add to your portfolio!

What Will I Learn?

You will learn a variety of physical education methods, preparing you with a well-rounded foundation. You will take courses in professional education and general education. You will also observe physical education teaching in the classroom before you complete a student teaching field experience.


Where Can It Take Me?

Student Teaching Placements

  • Spencerport
  • Brockport
  • Churchville-Chili
  • Penfield
  • Webster
  • Brighton
  • Wheatland-Chili
  • Rush-Henrietta
  • Brighton
  • Hilton
  • Gates-Chili


  • Physical Education Teacher
  • High School Coach
  • Athletic Director

Grad Schools

  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Canisius College
  • Hofstra University
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  • Queens College
  • Adelphi University
  • Ithaca College

Who Will I Meet?

Elaine Gregory, Ph.D.,

Dr. Gregory taught elementary and secondary physical education and health for seven years on Long Island, where she also coached girls soccer, basketball, and softball. She spent twenty years at Syracuse University. Dr. Gregory was brought to Roberts to create and implement the physical education program here.
Dr. Gregory loves to read and sew and ride her bike on the canal bike paths. She used to spend summers driving dump trucks for her family’s gravel business, but has since retired her CDL license. Read more about Dr. Elaine Gregory!

Dakota Lutz, Physical Education Major

I have a relationship with my professors, friends, and faculty that others would see as a family. In these last few years I have broken out of my shell, attained skills that I will use for a lifetime, attended conferences and events that boosted my confidence, and had other experiences that made me ready to teach our youth. I thank my school, professors, and friends here at Roberts Wesleyan College for that experience. I now have two homes in western New York, one in Avon and the other here at Roberts.


The Jay B. Nash Award is given to two physical education majors in New York State each year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. This is a prestigious honor and Roberts Wesleyan College is proud to have had three winners in the past three years.

Alumni Success

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Vanessa Smith

Physical Education Teacher
Wayland Cohocton Middle School

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Kayleigh Denney

Physical Education & Health Teacher
HFM PTECH in Johnstown, NY

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Shane Cole

Assistant JV Football Coach & Head Coach Modified Wrestling, Head Coach JV Lacrosse
Rush Henrietta, Avon/Livonia

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Cassley Jackowski

Head Women's Lacrosse Coach & Games Operation Coordinator
Houghton College

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Nathan Rarick

Long term Substitute at Cayuga Heights Elementary
& Modified Basketball Coach
Depew, NY

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Alyssa Elwood

Health Teacher
& Girls and Boys Soccer Coach
& Girls Basketball Coach

Raleigh, North Carolina

Take Your Next Step

Get More Information

Hastings Center for Academics - 585.594.6138 - gregory_elaine@roberts.edu