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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Physical Education/Adapted Physical Activity, MEd

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Program code: HPED-ADPA-M

The Master of Education in Health and Physical Education offers both a 33-credit thesis program and a 36-credit non-thesis program. This degree includes emphasis tracks tailored towards specific career goals. Within this program, students can focus on (1) K-12 Teacher Certification, (2) Community Health Education,or (3) Adapted Physical Activity.

Adapted Physical Activity

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 (APENS) Certified Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) exam.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department, the applicant must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for a master’s degree. Selection of students will be through a screening process conducted by the Graduate Pedagogy Committee of the department. Other admission requirements to be admitted to the MEd in Health and Physical Education program include:​

  • Fulfillment of general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for a master’s degree
  • Fulfillment of requirements set by the College of Education and Communications

Program Requirements

II. Tracks

III. Electives and/or Thesis (Choose One)

A. Thesis Option (9 cr.)

B. Non-Thesis Option (12 cr.)

  • Electives in KHSS or related fields. Credits: 3

Professional Practice for Teacher Certification (6-12 cr.)

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 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 6 credits in secondary student teaching. Those certified as secondary teachers will complete 6 hours 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 teaching 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 transcripts.

Total 33-36 cr.

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