Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education Requirement

All Hartwick students must complete two 1-credit skill classes from two different physical education (PHED) courses in order to graduate. Those PHED courses worth two credits cannot satisfy the requirement alone. 

Students are urged to complete the requirement prior to the senior year. The department offers many 1-credit skill courses and athletic participation situations which may be combined in a variety of ways to meet this requirement. No course may be repeated for credit.

Participation in any traditional season of an intercollegiate sport may be used to fulfill one credit. A multi-sport student may only use one team sport credit; the other credit must come from the approved dance theatre courses or an additional activity course. Students may receive physical education credit for participation in a course or related sport, but not both.

These combinations cannot together satisfy the requirement:

  • PHED 147 Tennis & PHED 423 Tennis Team
  • PHED 149 Volleyball & 428 Volleyball Team
  • PHED 160 Horsemanship & PHED 425 Equestrian Team
  • PHED 110 Swimming or 210 Advanced Swimming & PHED 422 Swim Team
  • PHED 312 Water Safety Instructor & PHED 315 Lifeguarding

One Theatre Arts class from the following courses may count toward the skill-course requirement: THEA 110, 111, 112, 115, 212, 312.  The second skill-course requirement must come from intercollegiate participation or a PHED course.


Coaching Certification Requirements

Hartwick College seeks to educate and train students who are interested in pursuing a profession in coaching. The curriculum is based on the New York regulations of the Commissioner of Education Section 135.4(c)(7)(i)(c) and Section 135.5 of the State Education Department.

The courses are designed to meet the New York State requirements for interscholastic athletic teams and will also prepare students to coach in a variety of scenarios (other state high schools, youth leagues, college, etc.).

Coaching Certification Requirements

  • PE 202 Theory and Techniques of Coaching 3 credits
  • PE 203 The Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education 3 credits
  • PE 302 Sports Health 3 credits
  • PHED 164 Responding to Emergencies and
    Community CPR 1 credit

Additional Requirements

New York State requires all applicants for teaching, coaching, counseling and administrative certification (provisional and permanent) to have taken a certified course in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting and be fingerprinted. The full New York State requirements can be found online at the NYSED website.

Students seeking to teach outside the state of New York should research the coaching qualifications required for that specific state.

Physical Education Courses

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