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Health and Physical Education, MEd

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    Our Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education gives you flexible options to best fit your goals and situation.

    MEd Offers On-Campus and Online Hybrid Options

    Our Master’s Degree Program in Health and Physical Education offers two options:

    • On-campus classes that cater to full-time students
    • A hybrid option for current teachers—combines on-campus classes in the summer with online classes the rest of the year

    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.

    Become a Teacher, Add Certifications, Add Expertise

    The Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education is designed to work well for:

    • Recent college graduates in any major who want to become health and physical education teachers
    • Current teachers in this field who want to broaden their knowledge base and teaching skills
    • Current teachers in a different subject area who want to add another certification

    MEd in Health and Physical Education: Choose Thesis or Non-Thesis

    The Master of Education in Health and Physical Education program offers both a 33-credit thesis option and a 36-credit non-thesis option.

    Specialize Your Master’s Degree With One of Four Tracks

    You can choose from four emphasis tracks tailored toward specific career goals.

    • K-12 Teacher Certification
    • Community Health Education
    • Adapted Physical Activity
    • Athletic Coaching

    K-12 Teacher Certification

    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 internship experience.

    Community Health Education

    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.

    Adapted Physical Activity

    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.

    Athletic Coaching

    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.

    MEd in Health and Physical Education Core Courses

    Core Courses (12cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    KHSS 517 Contemporary Issues in School and Community Health  3cr
    KHSS 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3cr
    KHSS 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3cr
    KHSS 680 Seminar  3cr 

    Tracks (choose one)

    Teacher Certification* (24cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    KHSS 526 Health Science Instruction 3cr
    KHSS 615 Program Design and Assessment in Health and Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 631 Motor Learning 3cr
    KHSS 645 Advanced Teaching Techniques in Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 655 Health and Fitness for Elementary Children 3cr
    KHSS 670 Advanced Seminar in Adapted Health Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 675 Fitness Technology for Health and Physical Educators 3cr
    EDEX 560 Family Perspective on Disability 3cr
    or
    EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3cr
    Community Health Education (12cr)
    Course Course Name Credits
    KHSS 520 Health Education and Promotion at the Workplace 3cr
    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Social Issues 3cr
    HSAD 605 Epidemiology in Health Service Administration 3cr
    or
    KHSS 672 Epidemiology of Physical Activity 3cr
    KHSS 698 Internship 3cr
    Adapted Physical Activity (12cr)
    Course Course name Credits
    EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3cr
    KHSS 537 Coaching Disability Sport 3cr
    KHSS 670 Advanced Seminar in Adapted and Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 698 Internship 3cr
    Athletic Coaching Education (12cr)
    Course Course name Credits
    KHSS 602 Sport Psychology 3cr
    KHSS 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3cr
    KHSS 610 Coaching Management 3cr
    KHSS 698 Internship 3cr

    Electives and/or Thesis (Choose one)

    Thesis Option (6cr)
    Course Course name Credits
    KHSS 795 Thesis 6cr
      Electives in KHSS or related fields. 3cr
    Non-Thesis Option (12cr)
    Course Course name Credits
      Electives in KHSS or related fields. 12cr

    *Students seeking teacher certification do not require elective or thesis credits. Those students follow the professional practice requirements outlined below.

    Professional Practice for Teacher Certification (6-12cr)

    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.