Our Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education gives you flexible options to best fit your goals and situation.
Our Master’s Degree Program in Health and Physical Education offers two options:
Our curriculum is structured to qualify you to become a certified health and physical teacher or to take professional exams and pursue careers in related areas. You will learn about contemporary trends in education, including strategies for using technology in the classroom.
The degree can be completed (including student teaching) in as little as 18 months.
The Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education is designed to work well for:
The Master of Education in Health and Physical Education program offers both a 33-credit thesis option and a 36-credit non-thesis option.
You can choose from four emphasis tracks tailored toward specific career goals.
Students interested in earning Pennsylvania teacher certification in K-12 Health and Physical Education can apply to this program. The majority of coursework can be completed online or through video conferencing, perfect for the working professional.
Students in this track are required to attend a four-week summer residency at IUP and complete a 6-12 credit student teaching experience. Teachers who are certified in another area and wish to add health and physical education to their credentials only
need to complete six semester hours of student teaching. Students certified in another K-12 content area will not need
to complete student teaching. Those students will complete an
This track focuses on advocating and instructing health-related topics in the community, government or private settings. Graduates can seek employment as leaders in agencies involved in the training and prevention of health-related behaviors and conditions.
Graduates will have the prerequisite knowledge eligible to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
The Adapted Physical Activity Track is designed for students who have an interest in working in school, community, or recreational settings where adapted physical activity programs are offered. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to develop, instruct,
and assess programming for individuals with various disabilities. Graduates will have the prerequisite knowledge eligible to sit for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Certified Adapted Physical Education exam.
This track in the MEd program is designed for students with career goals in athletic coaching at various levels. Graduates of this program will demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge and experience necessary to work as a leader in the sport coaching profession.
*Students seeking teacher certification do not require elective or thesis credits. Those students follow the professional practice requirements outlined below.
Students seeking certification as health and physical education teachers must also student teach as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students demonstrating acceptable levels of knowledge, skills, and disposition will be permitted
to enroll in EDUC 421 and/or EDUC 441 Student Teaching. A review of the student teaching applicant’s graduate record will be conducted by the HPE Graduate Pedagogy Committee, which will determine if the student has met all requirements to move ahead
with certification. Those who are determined to be deficient will not be permitted to student teach. They will receive a degree without Pennsylvania teaching certification.
Those who are certified as elementary teachers will complete six credits in secondary student teaching. Those certified as secondary teachers will complete six credits of elementary student teaching.
Non-certified students must complete both the elementary and secondary student teaching for a total of 12 credits. A culminating activity is required. The total credit hours for the teacher certification track is 36 credits, and the total credit hours
with certification is 42-48 credits.
*Students seeking teacher certification in health and physical education who do not have prerequisite methods courses may be required to take additional courses. Individual programs will be designed based on a review of your transcripts.
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