Physical Education, MA Ed (Special Education)

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

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

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

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 contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation & Leisure3
Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.
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 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 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 845Motor Development3
The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.
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.
TESE 821PNature and Needs of Exceptionalities3
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.
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.
TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies 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.
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 877Motor Learning3
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.

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