Physical and Sport Education - MEd

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The MEd degree provides an advanced course of study for students interested in teaching physical education and coaching.

The master of education in health, physical education, and recreation is a non-thesis option for professionals, such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other fitness professionals.

The degree is designed to promote best practices and enhance discipline knowledge in professionals in public school districts, private schools, and other community-oriented agencies. All courses are presently offered online.


At a Glance

College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Department: Kinesiology and Health Science Department

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Faculty: View profiles of faculty members on the department directory.

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Students receiving the MEd will be qualified to teach physical education and work as school coaches in various areas.

Job Outlook



John Kras

Associate Professor
Office: HPER 135
Phone: (435) 797-3881

Melissa Johnson

KHS Graduate Coordinator
Office: HPER 122
Phone: (435) 797-1495

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USU Locations


*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.

  • This program is offered fully online. Students who are located in Utah have access to resources from the campus that they are located closest to.
  • Because this program is online it does not meet VISA requirements for international students to study in person on campus. International students can still complete this program online from their home country.


Admission Requirements

Applicants are accepted from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, but they must have a current teaching license or be working toward one.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application

International students have additional admissions requirements.


The program has rolling admission, meaning the department will continue to consider and accept applications until the program is full. The time it takes to process an application is primarily dependent on the speed with which the School of Graduate Studies receives letters of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores. For most students, this process may take six to eight weeks. Applicants should plan accordingly.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a 75-hour practicum course where they will intern with a mentoring physical education teacher.

There is also a creative project component, where students focus on their professional interest, such as the development or improvement of curriculum materials, teaching techniques, a management system, or an evaluations system. The process consists of a written proposal, the project presentation, and a meeting with the graduate committee to decide if the project passes.

Plan Options

Students can receive the MEd by pursuing the following option:

  • The Plan C is comprised of coursework, an internship, and a creative project (see Program Requirements below). It does not involve a thesis, but the project and internship require successful committee approval.

Financial Aid

The department awards graduate assistantships each year for qualified graduate students to teach in the KHS physical activity program, selected undergraduate academic courses and laboratory sections, and work with faculty with ongoing research projects. The number of graduate assistant positions available are determined by the needs of the department, typically the department awards 15-20 assistantships. Most assistantships are awarded in the spring semester for the upcoming school year, with preference given to students who are able to fill the responsibilities for the whole year. Applicants are evaluated based on previous academic success, experience and/or ability to teach a variety of activity classes and/or research potential or background in the KHS discipline.

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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