Health and Physical Education, MEd

  • EXPERIENCED RESEARCHERS, EXCELLENT EQUIPMENT —  Professor Mark Sloninger, who recently served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, has researched responses of older adults and heart failure patients to exercise.

    A Perfect Master's Degree For Your Needs

    Whether you are a recent grad looking to become a health and physical education teacher, or a current educator who wants to broaden your knowledge base in the field of physical education, the M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education at IUP is perfect for you.

    Our curriculum is structured specifically to qualify you as a certified health or physical educator. Classes are designed to inform you about contemporary trends in teacher education, including the incorporation of technology into the classroom. Also, our hybrid option means you only have to be on campus during the summer, taking online classes in Fall and Spring while still completing your degree (including student teaching) in as little as 18 months.

    Who Should Earn a Health and Physical Education MEd?

     Our program is designed to serve the need of a variety of populations:

    • Recent graduates in any major who wish to become certified health and physical educators.
    • Current physical educators looking to broaden their knowledge base and enhance their teaching skills in the subject.
    • Teachers in any subject area looking to diversify their skill set and add the health and physical education certification.

    Thanks to our hybrid option, you can take classes from the comfort of your own home during spring and fall, only visiting campus during summer break. At the same time, all of our classes include on-campus options that cater to full-time students.

    Health and Physical Education Curriculum

    MEd in Health and Physical Education: 36 cr

    All Spring and Fall classes can be completed online as part of our hybrid option. Summer classes are on-campus only. You may also choose our dual enrollment option, completing two master's degrees (such as Health and Physical Education, along with Sports Management).

    Core Courses (6 cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr
    HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr
    Required Courses (27 cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    HPED 526 Health Science Instruction 3 cr
    HPED 631 Motor Learning 3 cr
    HPED 615 Curriculum Design and Assessment in Health and Physical Education 3 cr
    HPED 645 Advanced Teaching Techniques in Physical Education 3 cr
    HPED 655 Health and Fitness for Elementary Children 3 cr
    HPED 670 Advanced Seminar in Adapted Physical Education 3 cr
    HPED 680 Seminar 3 cr
    COMM 600 Instructional Design and Development 3 cr
    or
    COMM 614 Instructional Computing Basics 3 cr
    or 
    HPED 675 Fitness Technology for Health and Physical Educators  3 cr
    EDEX 560 Family Perspective on Disability 3 cr
    or
    EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3 cr
    Elective Courses: choose one (3 cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    HPED 512 Physical Activity and Stress Management 3 cr
    HPED 550 Curriculum and Programming in Sexuality Education 3 cr
    HPED 517 Contemporary Issues in School and Community Health  3 cr
    HPED 515 Lifestyle Behavior Management/Physical Activity  3 cr
    HPED 672 Epidemiology of Physical Activity 3 cr
    HPED 681 Special Topics 3 cr
    HPED 698 Internship 3 cr
    Professional Practice (6-12 credits)
    Course Course name Credits
    EDUC 421 Student Teaching  
    EDUC 421  Student Teaching  

    Student Teaching Experience

    • Non-certified students must complete both elementary and secondary student teaching for a total of 12 credits.
    • Students certified as secondary teachers must complete 6 credits of elementary student teaching.
    • Students certified as elementary teachers must complete 6 credits in secondary student teaching.

    Internship Experience

    Students certified K-12 in another content area must complete a 3-credit internship in a school-based setting

    The content and field experiences included in the MEd in Health and Physical Education program are based on the national standards of the American Association for Health Education and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.