Physical Education MA Initial

M.A. in Physical Education with Initial Certification


The Master of Arts programs in Curriculum & Teaching in Physical Education will not be accepting applications for the 2022 cycle. Over the course of the next year, we will be making several exciting changes to our curriculum. The next available terms of entry will be in 2023. Please check back for more information.

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

* Program is not currently accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

The Master of Arts degree in physical education is designed to provide students with an in depth study of learning theories and research on curriculum development and pedagogy.  

Students wishing to be eligible for New York State Department of Education certification as a K 12 physical education teacher 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 full-time 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.

Prerequisite

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 physical education 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). 

Each student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine if she or he 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.

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

COURSES for PE TEACHER CERTIFICATION

CREDITS

INDICATE

PLANNED

COURSES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES

BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education *R

BBSR 5240 Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education *R

3


3

 

BBSR 4080 Constructivist Pedagogies in Physical Education *R

3

 

BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education *R

Fieldwork in analysis of teaching Physical Education *R

3

3

 

BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education *R

3

 

BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education *R

3

 

BBSR 4700 Student Teaching in Physical Education

or

BBSR 4705 Internship in Teaching Physical Education

3

*R

Either one

or the other required

 

RESEARCH METHODS COURSE

BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences *R

3

 

COURSE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION

HSSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education

or

C&T 4000 Disability, Exclusion, Schooling

3

*R

Either one

or the other required

 

MOVEMENT SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COURSES (3-14 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 (or Motor Development)

3

 

BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education

3

 

Total number of movement science and education credits (minimum 3 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

 

A&HA 5005 Visual Arts Research Methods

3

 

A&HA 5086 Art in Visual Culture

3

 

A&HA 6003 Critical Perspectives and practices in the arts

3

 

A&H 4065 Media and gender

   

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

 

Total number of electives credits

(0-9 credits)

 

 

INTEGRATIVE PAPER

In addition to the satisfactory completion of the coursework, each student is required to  complete an independent research project: the 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 submitted to and approved by the  Program Director.

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