Physical Education, MA Ed (Pedagogy)

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Physical Education Master Teacher with an Emphasis in Pedagogy

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

Admissions and Requirements

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, NC contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

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
Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.
PE 841Elementary School Physical Education3
Curriculum organization, methods and techniques for developing elementary school physical education curriculum.
PE 828Secondary School Physical Education3
Curriculum organization and techniques of teaching physical education in the secondary school.
PE 831Curriculum Design in Physical Education3
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 845Motor Development3
The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.
TE 800Education Research3
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.
PE 875Analysis of Physical Education Teaching3
Course will assist student in developing theoretical and practical understanding of the role of physical educator in an educational setting.
PE 871Physical Education for Students with Disabilities3
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 861Physiology of Exercise3
Physiological processes of body as pertain to physical activity. How trained and untrained individuals differ, and importance of training.
PE 874Seminar & Practicum in Physical Education3
Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 821Administrative Problems in Physical Education3
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 801PPsychology of Sport3
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 874Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education3
Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.
PE 802PSociology of Sports Activities3
The impact of sports and recreation on society, community and the individual, and the impact of these institutions on sports.
EDAD 956School/Community Relations3
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.
EDAD 899PSpecial Topics in Education3
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.
PE 872Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities3
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 864PSchool Health Methods3
Developing a curriculum in secondary school health. Health services and environment for health in the secondary school are discussed.
PE 806Seminar: Physical Education1 - 3
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.
CSP 805Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions3
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.
PE 873Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities3
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 896Thesis3 - 6
TE 817PFoundations of Effective Instruction2 - 3
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.
PE 822PFacilities for Sports and Recreation3
Principles for planning indoor and outdoor facilities, materials, standards, programs, liability, and maintenance will be discussed. Visits to modern facilities will be arranged.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Nita Unruh, Ed.D.
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.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 11
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Summer SessionsApr 11
Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education