Physical Education MA Initial

M.A. in Physical Education with Initial Certification


The program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in educational settings, including school PE, fitness gyms, physical activity and health community–based organizations, and sports and recreational settings. In addition to offering outstanding graduate courses in movement science (e.g. motor learning, motor development, and exercise physiology), this program offers individuals a distinctive humanistic perspective on the education of the body.

The Master of Arts degree in physical education is designed for students seeking initial state certification as K-12 physical education teacher.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

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  • NY State Initial: Physical Education K-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT

Requirements from the TC Catalog

Part of the Movement Sciences program, the Physical Education & Physical Culture Program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in educational settings, including school PE, fitness gyms, physical activity and health community–based organizations, non-profit agencies for physical activity and health promotion, sports and recreational settings. The Master of Arts degree is designed for individuals whose career goals include teaching in schools, teaching or assuming leadership positions in community education programs, fitness and health management, coaching, and related areas.  Students develop a deep understanding of constructivist, sociocultural, and critical theories regarding teaching and learning for social justice and social change. Graduate students in this program are either committed to child-centered approaches to curriculum development in K–12 PE and/or wish to make a change in people’s lives by enhancing their wellbeing through physical activity. 

The Physical Education and Physical Culture Program prepares students to re-engage marginalized populations with contemporary, critical, and thoughtful pedagogical practices and culturally relevant curricula. The program’s unique emphasis on social change and social justice prepares students to teach and engage with new and diverse urban communities, placing school PE, health, fitness, and physical activity as crucial sites for social change. Throughout the program, graduate students learn about the most contemporary, culturally relevant, and progressive theory-based curriculum models to implement in “real world” school PE, fitness, health, sports, and recreational settings. Learning how to create and implement constructivist curricula that aim to engage the interests of a diverse population is essential in order to meet the sociocultural, emotional, and educational needs of all children and young people. Individuals in this program learn how to develop awareness and mindfulness of issues of diversity, stereotypes, and discrimination as well as sociocultural, economic, and political factors impacting children’s and young people’s physicality in detrimental ways. In particular, graduate students learn to interrogate, analyze, and construct knowledge of the moving body and inequalities from pedagogical, critical, and sociocultural perspectives.

Graduate students then learn to work and teach democratically with others to re-imagine the world of PE, health, and physical activity in the interest of all children’s and young people’s right to engage, develop, and express an active physicality in positive, culturally relevant, and meaningful ways. The program offers a wide range of research-based courses specifically designed to bring rigorous intellectual engagement, commitment to social change, and innovative curricula together for nurturing and promoting lifelong and meaningful active lifestyles.  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.

Courses are selected from the following categories:

A minimum of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree. (*R means Required)

 

COURSES

 

CREDITS

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits required)

 

BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education *R

Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education *R   

3

3

BBSR 4080 Teaching in Physical Education 

3

BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education 

Fieldwork in analysis of teaching Physical Education

3

3

BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education *R

3

BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education *R

3

Total number of physical education credits

(15 credits required)

 

RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits required)

BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences *R

3

Total number of research methods credits

(3 credits required)

 

MOVEMENT SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COURSES (6-14 credits)

BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation

3

BBSR 4005 Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

3

BBSR 4095 Applied Physiology I

3

BBSR 5028 Motor Development

3

BBSR 4060 Motor learning   *R

3

BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education

3

Total number of movement science and education credits

(minimum 6 credits up to 14 credits)

 

HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

3

HBSS 4000 Introduction to Nutrition

3

BBSR 5095 Exercise & Health

3

HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

3

HBSS 4110 Health Promotion for Children & Adolescents

3

HBSS 4150 Sport Nutrition

3

Total number of health education credits

(0-9 credits)

 

ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

3

CCPJ 4180  LGBT(Q) Issues

3

HBSS 4016 Health Education for Teachers

3

C&T 5199   Culturally Responsive Curriculum

3

ITSF 5008  Gender, Education & International Development

3

C&T 5563   Explore Gender and Sexuality in Practice

3

MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education

3

C&T 4010   Immigration & Curriculum

3

C&T 4032   Gender Difference and Curriculum

3

C&T 4000   Disability, Exclusion, Schooling

3

Total number of electives credits

(0-9 credits)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FROM ALL ABOVE

(MINIMUM 32 CREDITS REQUIRED)

 

Concentration in Physical Culture and Education

Suggested courses:

ELECTIVES

BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education 

3

C&T   5199 Culturally Responsive Curriculum 

3

CCPJ  4180 LGBT(Q) Issues

3

ITSF  5008 Gender, Education, & International Development

3

C&T   5563 Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Curriculum Practice 

3

MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education  

3

C&T   4010 Immigration & Curriculum 

3

C&T   4032 Gender Difference and Curriculum 

3

CCPJ  4000 Disability, Exclusion, Schooling 

3

Integrative Paper

In addition to the satisfactory completion of the coursework, each student is required to complete an integrative paper.  For the Integrative paper, the research topic must be approved by the Program Director (required course: BBSR4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences). Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.

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