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Physical Education Master Teacher, MA Ed (Emphasis in Pedagogy)

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 Pedagogy program is a 36-credit-hour program that gives individuals in this profession an opportunity to expand their knowledge of pedagogical practice. Through coursework, students are able to broaden their skill-set in instructional delivery. Students will also gain the ability to gather and interpret data to assess student learning in order to revise or design curriculum.

Two tracks are available in the Physical Education Master Teacher, MA Ed program:

  • The pedagogy emphasis provides advanced knowledge in the instruction of physical education in elementary and post-secondary schools.
  • The special populations emphasis provides advanced knowledge in physical education for students with disabilities and leads to an endorsement in Adapted Physical Education issued by the Nebraska Department of Education.
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 admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Program of Study

  • Professional Requirements Core Courses - 30 credit hours
  • Electives - 6 credit hours

Core Courses

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

Course Number: PE 800

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

PE 828PSecondary School Physical Education3

Course Number: PE 828P

Curriculum organization and techniques of teaching physical education in the secondary school.

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 841PPhysical Education for Elementary Schools3

Course Number: PE 841P

Curriculum organization, methods and techniques for developing elementary school physical education curriculum.

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 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 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 874Practicum in Physical Education3

Course Number: PE 874

Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.

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.

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.

TE 800Educational Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 805Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions3

Course Number: CSP 805

This course provides an opportunity for persons in helping professions to better understand children and adolescents by exploring factors that contribute to their development. An ecological perspective will be taken to study behavior to include biological, cognitive, affective, and social influences. Specific childhood disorders will be examined, focusing on etiology, behavioral characteristics, and treatment/intervention.

EDAD 899PSpecial Topics3

Course Number: EDAD 899P

A course designed to enable administrators to become knowledgeable of recent trends and issues in school management, finance, or other concerns affecting the administration of the public schools.

EDAD 956School/Community Relations3

Course Number: EDAD 956

This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.

PE 801PPsychology of Sport3

Course Number: PE 801P

Study of psychological principles and theories as applied to physical education and athletics. Motor learning, motivation, personality, roles of participants, coaches and spectators will be among topics discussed.

PE 802PSociology of Sports Activities3

Course Number: PE 802P

The impact of sports and recreation on society, community and the individual, and the impact of these institutions on sports.

PE 806Seminar: Physical Education1-3

Course Number: PE 806

Philosophies of physical education, current issues and trends, and methods of dealing with problems in the field. The course will deal with all levels from elementary school through college and graduate study.

PE 821Administrative Problems in Physical Education3

Course Number: PE 821

Study of organization and administration of physical education programs in secondary schools. This will help prepare students to organize and develop a program in public schools.

PE 822PFacilities for Sports and Recreation3

Course Number: PE 822P

Principles for planning indoor and outdoor facilities, materials, standards, programs, liability, and maintenance will be discussed. Visits to modern facilities will be arranged.

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 863Health Safety Elementary School3

Course Number: PE 863

Curriculum development, teaching methods and selection of learning materials for health instruction in the elementary school.

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 874Practicum in Physical Education3

Course Number: PE 874

Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.

PE 896Thesis3-6

Course Number: PE 896

TE 817PFoundations of Effective Instruction2-3

Course Number: TE 817P

Based on the work of Dr. Madeline Hunter, this course translates instructional theory into action. It will assist teachers as they expand their competency in teaching to an objective, selecting objectives that are appropriate to individual students, monitoring learning, and adjusting instruction and teaching for retention and transfer.

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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