Health and Physical Education Teaching (M.S.)

Degree: Masters of Science with a major in Health and Physical Education Teaching. There are concentration options to select from depending on prior degrees and career focus: 

  1. Masters of Science with a Major in Health and Physical Education Teaching: Continuing Education seeking K - 12 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification (for candidates who already have a Michigan teaching certificate to teach in other content areas, but wish to Health and Physical Education to their teaching certificate)
  2. Masters of Science with a Major in Health and Physical Education Teaching: Continuing Education (for candidates who are already certified in Health and Physical Education Teaching, and would like to continue their studies in these areas by adding a Masters-level credential) 
  3. Masters of Science with a Major in Health and Physical Education Teaching: Initial K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification (for candidates who have a Bachelors degree in a field outside of Education and are now interested in obtaining an initial teacher certification in Health and Physical Education Teaching)
  4. Masters of Science with a Major in Health and Physical Education Teaching: Adapted Physical Education Endorsement (for candidates seeking the Special Education Endorsement - Physical Education for Students with Disabilities

Overview: The program emphasis is on obtaining teaching knowledge and skills Health and Physical Education Teaching. The curriculum includes classes in; curriculum development for school health and physical education programs, implementing developmentally appropriate instruction for all learners, assessing health and physical education content knowledge and skill proficiency, using instructional technology effectively, and demonstrating the qualities of a professional Health and Physical Educator. Each concentration is comprised of tailored coursework and professional experiences according the student's prior background and professional aspirations to prepare them to meeting multiple levels of disciplinary standards including:

  • The Michigan Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (MI InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2013, define the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and dispositions that all entry-level teachers should possess upon completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
  • Michigan-specific content standards define the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the specific discipline(s) in which teacher candidates seek endorsements, as well as pedagogical applications of that disciplinary knowledge.” “Standards for the preparation of Health and Physical Education Teachers in Michigan.”

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies.