Physical Education/Teacher Education M.S.

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Do you enjoy teaching children about physical activity? Our master’s degree in Physical Education Teacher Education (PE/TE) prepares you to research data about teaching and learning. The program consists of graduate courses, graduate teaching, and practical experiences. You will then be able to put these skills into practice in your own instructional settings. Our physical education master’s degree will also provide you a foundation to continue your studies at the doctoral level if you choose.

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Traditional Master's Degree Overview

The Traditional Master’s degree is for students that have already obtained Class B undergraduate teacher certification in physical education and are seeking a master’s degree. This degree leads to recommendation for Class A Alabama professional educator certification.

Coursework

  • Teaching field courses — 12 hours
  • Additional courses — 21 hours
  • Thesis or Non-thesis Option
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Research

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Alternative Master's Degree Overview

The Alternative Master’s degree is for students without professional educator certification in physical education.  This degree leads to recommendation for Class A Alabama professional educator certification.

Coursework

  • Teaching field courses — 14 hours
  • Professional Studies — 9 to 12 hours
  • Internship — 10 hours
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Research

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Admissions

Prerequisite

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university

Application Deadlines

  • Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School by the following dates:
    • February 1 for Graduate Assistantships (completed online with your graduate school application)
    • May 1 for Fall semester start (August)
    • April 1 for International applicants for Fall semester start (August)

Admission Requirements

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For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee payment

International applicants must also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS test
  • Medical insurance plan and an Official Statement of Financing
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  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Approval from the School of Kinesiology Director, Graduate Studies Committee, and faculty

Although we only require a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, we strongly recommend that our graduate students, who have not completed undergraduate degrees in kinesiology or other related fields, complete undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning prior to starting a graduate degree program in Kinesiology.

Additionally, basic science courses are the foundation of the Kinesiology academic discipline and we suggest securing this knowledge prior to starting our program. Based on your interest and studies in our graduate program, the following foundational coursework is recommended:

Physical Education Teacher Education

  • General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
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Faculty

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Cost & Financial Support

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Information for Students

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