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Physical Education Master Teacher, MA Ed (Emphasis in Special Populations)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $293.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $425.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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:

  • Special Populations
  • Pedagogy
This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Nita Unruh, EdD
Professor, Department Chair

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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    A Teaching Certificate

  4. A written personal statement

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission
  • Pay non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation & Leisure3

Course Number: PE 800

Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.

PE 831Curriculum Design in Physical Education3

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.

PE 861Physiology of Exercise3

Course Number: PE 861

Physiological processes of body as pertain to physical activity. How trained and untrained individuals differ, and importance of training.

PE 871Physical Education for Students with Disabilities3

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.

PE 872Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities3

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.

PE 873Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities3

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.

PE 874Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education3

Course Number: PE 874

This course addresses physical education instruction. The role of the physical educator in planning and delivery of instruction.

PE 875Analysis of Physical Education Teaching3

Course Number: PE 875

Course will assist student in developing theoretical and practical understanding of the role of physical educator in an educational setting.

TE 800Educational Research3

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.

TESE 821PNature and Needs of Exceptionalities3

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.

TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 845Motor Development3

Course Number: PE 845

The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.

PE 877Motor Learning3

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $293.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $345.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $879.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1035.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $425.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $477.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1275.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1431.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • 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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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