Physical Education, BS

Central to Influencing Healthy Activity.

Students in Central’s Physical Education for Teacher Certification Program will become qualified physical educators for elementary and secondary schools in Connecticut. Students are provided with a variety of classroom learning experiences as well as experiential learning opportunities with partner school districts.

Candidates learn up-to-date teaching techniques and apply them in authentic school environments. Emphasis is placed on integration of cross-curricular teaching, technology, and teaching strategies to improve physical literacy.

Program Features

  • Students have the option of cross endorsement in Health Education
  • Courses taught by highly qualified and skilled faculty with PK-12 teaching experience
  • Hands-on learning through field experiences in courses throughout the program
  • Dynamic faculty who are directly involved and serve with state, regional and national organizations
  • Community engagement and service-learning opportunities
  • Student involvement in professional organizations and research
  • Experience working with students with disabilities in physical education and movement settings
  • Individualized attention from course instructors through small class sizes



The physical education teacher preparation program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Dr. Tan Leng Goh
Associate Professor
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall, 1802

Academic Department

Physical Education & Human Performance

I chose the undergrad PE program at CCSU because I felt like I was in control of my education. I really appreciate how the professors see me as a whole student and mold me to be the best version of myself. I love coming to class every day and knowing that I’m learning alongside of people who will be life-long colleagues and friends.

Belle Magna ’24

Did You Know?

The physical education teacher preparation program reflects the School of Education and Professional Studies conceptual framework as well as the SHAPE America National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The ability to plan developmentally appropriate physical education lessons.
  2. The ability to plan developmentally appropriate units of instruction in physical education.
  3. The ability to implement developmentally appropriate units of instruction in physical education.
  4. The ability to demonstrate effective teaching strategies in the public school setting at the elementary and secondary levels.