Physical Education, MS
School/College: School of Education
Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science
Graduate Coordinator: Teresa Dail Email: email@example.com Phone: 336-285-3545
Department Chair: Daniel Webb Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 336-334-7712
The MS program in Physical Education is designed to prepare school practitioners and professionals in the areas of teaching and research through an interdisciplinary and standards-based graduate curriculum to take leadership roles in the areas of teaching and research through an interdisciplinary and standards-based graduate curriculum. As a means to accommodate working professionals, approximately 50% of the graduate program courses are offered online.
Additional Admission Requirements
- An earned Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science, or a related field of study from an accredited institution.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- To provide an advanced level of study in the areas of teaching and research in physical education and health.
- To provide students with advanced competencies in developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programs of physical activities for a wide range of diverse population.
- To further develop technological competencies in physical education and health.
The Master of Science degree program requires a total of 39 semester hours which provides an advanced level of study in two options: teaching and non-teaching.
The teaching option has three areas of study: (a) teacher education, (b) adapted physical education, and (c) sports administration. The student may elect to take thirty-six (36) hours of course work and write a thesis for three (3) credit hours in order to satisfy the requirements of thirty-nine (39) total hours. The student may also elect not to write a thesis and take an additional three (3) credit- hour research seminar course (HPED 798) to complete the required thirty-nine (39) total credit hours. In addition, the student must pass the comprehensive examination.
The non-teaching option has two areas of study: (a) adapted physical education, and (b) sports administration. A student may complete the Master’s Degree in the non-teaching option without meeting state licensure requirements for teaching. This option is designed for individuals working in the field or related fields where a teaching license is not required. This option will not lead to any form of teacher licensure. The student must also pass the comprehensive examination.
- HPED 700 Evaluation of Atypical Motor Performance 3
- HPED 721 Current Problems and Trends in Physical Education 3
- HPED 723 Supervision in Health and Physical Education 3
- HPED 731 Exercise Physiology 3
- HPED 732 Sport Psychology 3
- HPED 733 Motor Learning and Performance 3
- HPED 734 Applied Sport Psychology 3
- HPED 735 Sport Psychology Practicum 3
- HPED 760 Program Development in Adapted Physical Activity 3
- HPED 761 Early Childhood Adapted Physical Activity 3
- HPED 762 The Teaching of Adapted Physical Activity 3
- HPED 784 Research Statistics for Physical Education 3
- HPED 786 Scientific Foundations of Human Movement 3
- HPED 788 Comprehensive Examination 0
- HPED 798 Research Seminar 3
- HPED 799 Thesis 3
Comprehensive Exam: Not Required
Prospective graduate students who are interested in employment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or a Graduate Research Assistant within the Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies must contact the department to request an assistanship application. All assistantship applications must be completed and submitted to the department prior to the published due date. Late applications will not be accepted and/or considered for review
There are no internship capstone requirements associated with the M.S. in Physical Education and Health degree program.
Clinical Field Experiences
Within various M.S. courses, clinical experiences are integrated, whereas clinical experiences hours may vary across courses. In collaboration with the faculty member on record, the graduate student must obtain the required hours of clinical experience that are specifified for the respective course.
Graduate students are advised by HPLS faculty members in accordance with the respective graduate program in which they are enrolled. For instance, graduate students who are enrolled in the M.S. in Physical Education and Health degree program are advised by the M.S. in Physical Education and Health program coordinator, or the assigned HPLS faculty members who are integrally involved with the M.S. in Physical Education and Health degree program.
Graduate students are afforded opportunities within the Department of HPLS to engage in funded and non-funded research projects. HPLS faculty members have diverse research experiences, which have involved (but is not limited to): 1) Obesity and physical activity; 2) Inclusion and children with disabilities; 3) Effective pedagogy; 4) Professional preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers; 5) Motor learninG and control; 6) Psychometric measurements; 7) Contextual influences; and 8) Physical and/or orthopedic impairments.
The M.S. in Physical Education and Health program is aligned with professional standards commensurate with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
Directory of Faculty
- Deborah J. Callaway, Associate Professor and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, B.S., Virginia State College; M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University; Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Associate Professor
- Teresa K. Dail, Associate Professor and MAT Coordinator, B.S., Wake Forest University; M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Gloria H. Elliott, Assistant Professor, B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.S., The University of Connecticut; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
- Brenda Swearingin, Assistant Professor, B. S., University of Arkansas, M.S. University of Arkansas, Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro