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Physical Education

Program Coordinators: Stephen Silverman         Email: msnsprogram@tc.columbia.edu
Academic Secretary: Erynn Lowery                     Phone: (212) 678-3325   Fax: (212) 678-3322



Degrees Offered:
 
Masters of Arts (MA) 
Masters of Arts (MA) NY State Initial: Physical Education K-12
Masters of Arts (MA), NY State Professional: Physical Education K-12



Masters of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree in physical education (curriculum code PHED) is designed to provide students with a broad background in physical education, the movement sciences, and related areas.  Students may enter the program with or without an undergraduate degree in physical education or kinesiology.  It is designed for those students whose career goals include coaching, teaching in community settings, assuming leadership in community education programs, fitness management, and related areas. 

The program is designed to equip students with a strong background in kinesiology and physical education.  Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology take the required courses and courses in movement sciences.  Students who have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related area take 18 credits of required classes in physical education, with the remaining credits selected based on their interests and goals.  A total of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree without teacher certification.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete an approved integrative paper.  

With an advisor, each student plans a program of study to meet his or her needs.  Courses are selected from the following categories:

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits)

  • BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240x Fieldwork in Physical Education Curriculum (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240y Fieldwork in Physical Education Teaching (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education (3 credits)

RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits)

  • BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education (3 credits)

OTHER PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (0-6 credits)

  • BBSR 5043 Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4080 Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)

MOVEMENT SCIENCE COURSES (6-14 credits)

  • BBSR 4005  Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4060  Motor Learning (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4070  Introduction to the Psychosocial Study of Human Movement (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4090  Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4095  Applied Physiology I (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4865  Motor Learning Laboratory (1-2 credits)
  • BBSR 4195  Applied Physiology Laboratory I (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5028  Motor Development (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 5095  Exercise and Health (3 credits)

DANCE (0-6 credits)

  • A&HG 5007 Curriculum Design in Dance (3 credits)
  • A&HG 5016 Teaching Dance: Adolescence through Adulthood (3 credits)
  • A&HG 5110 Teaching Children’s Dance (3 credits)

HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

  • HBSS 4000  Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4100  Introduction to Health Education (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4110  Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • BBSS 4115  Health Promotion for Aging Adults (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4116  Health Education for Teachers (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4150  Sports Nutrition (3 credits)

EDUCATION COURSES (0-12 credits)

  • HBSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • C&T 4005B Principles of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • C&T 4020 The Environments of Schools (3 credits)
  • HUDK 4022 Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 credits)
  • HUDK 4023 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (3 credits)
  • HUDM 4050 Introduction to Measurement (3 credits)

ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

  • May be selected from any courses offered at Teachers College with advisor approval.

INTEGRATIVE PAPER

In addition to completing courses, each student completes an integrative paper.  A variety of options can be used to complete this project—a detailed analysis of a real-world physical education setting based on work completed in the required physical education courses, a theoretical paper, or a research project.  Students work closely with their advisor on planning, conducting, writing, and revising the paper.  Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved. 




Masters of Arts (MA) NY State Initial: Physical Education K-12

The Master of Arts degree in physical education (curriculum code PHYSED-Init) is provide students with a broad background in physical education, the movement sciences, and related areas and leads to initial K-12 teacher certification.  Students may enter the program with or without an undergraduate degree in physical education or kinesiology. It is designed for those students who want to become physical education teachers in the public schools. 

The program is designed to equip students with a strong background in kinesiology and physical education.  A total of thirty-six (36) credits is required for the degree and to complete teacher certification, if the student has an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related field.  As noted below, additional prerequisites are required for those without an undergraduate degree in the field.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete all requirements.

With an advisor, each student plans a program of study to meet his or her needs.  Courses are selected from the following categories:

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits)
  • BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240x Fieldwork in Physical Education Curriculum (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240y Fieldwork in Physical Education Teaching (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education (3 credits)

RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits)

  • BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education (3 credits)

OTHER PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (0-6 credits)

  • BBSR 5043 Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4080 Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)

MOVEMENT SCIENCE COURSES (6-14 credits)

  • BBSR 4005  Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4060  Motor Learning (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4070  Introduction to the Psychosocial Study of Human Movement (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4090  Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4095  Applied Physiology I (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4865  Motor Learning Laboratory (1-2 credits)
  • BBSR 4195  Applied Physiology Laboratory I (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5028  Motor Development (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 5095  Exercise and Health (3 credits)

DANCE (0-6 credits)

  • A&HG 5007 Curriculum Design in Dance (3 credits)
  • A&HG 5016 Teaching Dance: Adolescence through Adulthood (3 credits)
  • A&HG 5110 Teaching Children’s Dance (3 credits) 

HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

  • HBSS 4000  Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4100  Introduction to Health Education (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4110  Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • BBSS 4115  Health Promotion for Aging Adults (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4116  Health Education for Teachers (3 credits)
  • HBSS 4150  Sports Nutrition (3 credits)

EDUCATION COURSES (0-12 credits)

  • HBSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • C&T 4005B Principles of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • C&T 4020 The Environments of Schools (3 credits)
  • HUDK 4022 Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 credits)
  • HUDK 4023 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (3 credits)
  • HUDM 4050 Introduction to Measurement (3 credits)

ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

May be selected from any courses offered at Teachers College with advisor approval.

INTEGRATIVE PAPER

In addition to completing courses, each student completes an integrative paper.  A variety of options can be used to complete this project—a detailed analysis of a real-world physical education setting based on work completed in the required physical education courses, a theoretical paper, or a research project.  Students work closely with their advisor on planning, conducting, writing, and revising the paper.  Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER CERTIFICATION

To be eligible for New York State Department of Education certification as a K-12 physical education teacher –students must complete additional requirements beyond the M.A. degree.  Among the other requirements are: (a) an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or physical education or the equivalent in course work (see below); (b) completion of 100 hours of pre-practica; (c) completion of a full semester of student teaching (BBSR 4700, 3 credits) or, if employed fulltime as a physical education teacher, completion of an internship in teaching physical education (BBSR 4705, 3 credits); (d) completion of state-approved courses in Detection and Reporting of Child & Substance Abuse and in Violence Prevention; (e) satisfactory scores on the state administered ATS-W, LAST, and the Physical Education Content Specialty tests.  The exact coursework needed to complete state teacher certification requirements will be determined by the program coordinator, but will; include all the courses on the next page.

Entry to teacher certification program

Students entering the physical education teacher certification program normally have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related field (e.g., physical education, exercise science, movement science).  Students who do not have a degree in physical education are required to have the equivalent in course work in order to be admitted to the program or may make up the prerequisites once admitted to the program. 

As a prerequisite to entering the teacher education program all students are required to have a minimum of 24 hours in the disciplinary aspects of kinesiology including courses in: (a) exercise/applied physiology; (b) fitness and physical activity program planning; (c) biomechanics and anatomy; (d) sport psychology; (e) sport sociology/cultural studies of physical activity; (f) motor learning and control; (g) measurement and evaluation/assessment of physical activity; (h) growth and motor development; and (i) prevention and treatment of athletic injuries.  All students are required to document competence in a wide variety of motor activities including: (a) team sports; (b) individual sports; (c) racquet activities; (d) dance and rhythms; (e) aquatics; (f) fitness activities; and (g) adventure activities.  In order to meet the motor activity prerequisites, students may have completed a college class, have significant documented participation in the activity, or completed community education courses (e.g., Water Safety Instructor class through the American Red Cross).  In addition, students in the physical education certification program are required to have first aid and CPR certification issued by a national certification agency.

Each student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine if he or she has completed the prerequisites.  Students who do not have the prerequisites will be required to make them up early in their program. Content course deficiencies will be made up, with the approval of the program coordinator, through courses at Teachers College, Columbia University or another college or university.  Students who are deficient in physical activity courses will be required to make up courses through the Columbia College physical education program, or other educational experiences that are approved by program faculty.

Core courses for physical education teacher certification (in addition to prerequisites):

Number

Title

Credits

R/E

BBSR 5028

Motor Development

3

R

BBSR 4060

Motor Learning

2 or 3

R

BBSR 4865

Tutorial-Motor Learning and Control

1 or 0

E

C&T 4020

The Environments of Schools

(or equivalent course)

3

R

HBSE 4000

Introduction to Special Education

3

R

BBSR 4080

Teaching Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5040

Curriculum Design in Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5240

Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5041

Analysis of Teaching Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5240

Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5543

Seminar in Physical Education

3

R

BBSR 5582

Research Design in Movement Science and Education

3

R

BBSR 4700

or

BBSR 4705

 

Student Teaching in Physical Education

 

Internship in Teaching Physical Education

 

3

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Masters of Arts (MA), NY State Professional: Physical Education K-12

The Master of Arts degree in curriculum and teaching in physical education (curriculum code PHYSED-PROF) is designed to provide students with a broad background in physical education, the movement sciences, and education.  Those entering this program have an undergraduate degree in physical education, kinesiology, or movement science and already possess initial certification as a physical education teacher.  The program permits students to obtain additional in-depth knowledge that can be applied to teaching and curricular issues in physical education and in schools. 

The program is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in selecting courses so that students can choose those experiences that best suit their needs, interests, and professional goals. A total of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete an approved integrative paper.  

With an advisor, each student plans a program of study to meet his or her needs.  Courses are selected from the following categories:

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits)

  • BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240x Fieldwork in Physical Education Curriculum (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5240y Fieldwork in Physical Education Teaching (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education (3 credits)

RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits)

  • BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education (3 credits)

OTHER PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (0-3 credits)

  • BBSR 5043 Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (3 credits)

EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-12 credits)*

  • C&T 4002 Basic Course in Theory of Curriculum Design (3 credits)
  • C&T 4004 Basic Course in School Improvement (3 credits)
  • C&T 4145 The Education of Youth and Adolescents (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4051  Supervision for Elementary and Secondary Schools (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4159 Teacher Education Programs (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4160  Supervision in Pre-service Teacher Education Programs (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4161 The Teacher: Professional/Social/Personal Context of Teaching (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 5053 Staff Development Processes and Procedures (3 credits)
  • HUDK 4022 Development Psychology: Children (2-3 credits)
  • HUDK 4022 Development Psychology: Adolescence  (2-3 credits)
  • HUDK 4045 Psychology of Teaching and Learning: Cross-cultural Perspectives (2-3 credits)

MOVEMENT SCIENCE COURSES (0-9 credits) *

  • BBSR 4060  Motor Learning (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4865  Tutorials-Motor Learning and Control  (1-2 credits)
  • BBSR 4070  Introduction to the Psychosocial Study of Human Movement (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 4090  Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (3 credits)
  • BBSR 4195  Applied Physiology Laboratory I (3 credits)
  • BBSR 5028  Motor Development (2-3 credits)
  • BBSR 5095  Exercise and Health (3 credits)

DANCE (0-6 credits) *

  • A&HG 5016 Teaching Dance: Adolescence through Adulthood (3 credits)
  • A&HG 5110 Teaching Children’s Dance (3 credits)

HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits) *

  • HBSS 4000  Introduction to Nutrition
  • HBSS 4100  Introduction to Health Education (3)
  • HBSS 4110  Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents (3)
  • HBSS 4115  Health Promotion for Aging Adults (3)
  • HBSS 4116  Health Education for Teachers (3)
  • HBSS 4150  Sports Nutrition

These are examples of courses. There are many others to select from and students work with their advisor to select courses that help them meet their career goals.

ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

INTEGRATIVE PAPER

In addition to completing courses, each student completes an integrative paper.  A variety of options can be used to complete this project—a detailed analysis of a real-world physical education setting based on work completed in the required physical education courses, a theoretical paper, or a research project.  Students work closely with their advisor on planning, conducting, writing, and revising the paper.  Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.