The Physical Education Master Teacher, MA Ed with an emphasis in Special Populations is a 36-credit-hour online program that provides graduates with advanced knowledge and competency in providing physical education to students with disabilities. This program leads to the endorsement in Adapted Physical Education issued by the Nebraska State of Education.
Students outside of the state of Nebraska should contact their state department of education for endorsement or other needs.
The Physical Education Master Teacher, MA Ed online program offers two emphases including:
As chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, Nita Unruh has played a key role in promoting a holistic view of health and physical education pedagogy in elementary to post-secondary school settings. She is passionate about keeping students engaged in physical learning activities that lead to better focus and healthier lifestyles.
A Teaching Certificate
|Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation & Leisure||3|
Course Number: PE 800
Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.
|Curriculum Design in Physical Education||3|
Course Number: PE 831
This course will focus on the critical study of the value orientations, principles, problems and procedures involved in the construction of a physical education program. Application of curriculum models will be practiced upon curricular materials as specific courses of study are constructed for instruction in teaching situations.
|Physiology of Exercise||3|
Course Number: PE 861
Physiological processes of body as pertain to physical activity. How trained and untrained individuals differ, and importance of training.
|Physical Education for Students with Disabilities||3|
Course Number: PE 871
Survey of prevalent disabilities which affect motor performance of school-age students. Special consideration is given to techniques accommodating students with disabilities in physical education classes.
|Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities||3|
Course Number: PE 872
Training is provided in the processes of motor development and motor learning of developmentally disabled school-age students. Course content will include implications of physical education for students who are mentally retarded, behavior disordered, learning disabled and cerebral palsied as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.
|Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities||3|
Course Number: PE 873
Training is provided in the etiology, pathology and characteristics of chronic and permanent disabilities. Course content includes implications of physical education for students who are sensory impaired, orthopedically handicapped, health impaired and severely/profoundly multi-handicapped as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.
|Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education||3|
Course Number: PE 874
This course addresses physical education instruction. The role of the physical educator in planning and delivery of instruction.
|Analysis of Physical Education Teaching||3|
Course Number: PE 875
Course will assist student in developing theoretical and practical understanding of the role of physical educator in an educational setting.
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
|Nature and Needs of Exceptionalities||3|
Course Number: TESE 821P
This introductory course surveys the various disability areas in the field of special education and associated educational implications. Major influences from litigation and legislation are discussed along with contemporary issues and trends in special education and gifted education.
|Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning||3|
Course Number: TESE 867
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies for individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.
Course Number: PE 845
The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.
Course Number: PE 877
Exploration of basic considerations in motor skill acquisition. Factors affecting learning of skills, how learning process can be manipulated to help ensure efficient learning. Class will have traditional and laboratory components.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.