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Physical and Sport Education: MEd

Physical and Sport Education
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.

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

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.

Admission Deadlines

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.

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

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 Assistance

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.

View profiles of program faculty members on the department website.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance: AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, recreation, fitness, sport and coaching, dance, health education and promotion, and all specialties related to achieving a healthy and active lifestyle.

Labs, Centers, Research

Center for the School of the Future: The CSF is a research center dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of education by identifying effective educational practices and supporting their dissemination and adoption in local circumstances.

Edith Bowen Laboratory School: EBLS is one of Utah’s charter schools, offering services to more than 300 students grades K-5. The school, in cooperation with Utah State University, trains more than 200 pre-service teachers preparing to become professional educators, as well as supporting several other departments/colleges on campus, including special education, physical education, music, psychology, and business. Because the school is funded through state funds and donations, no tuition is charged to students.

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building: The HPER building contains approximately 50,000 square feet of programming space. It houses the HPER Department and USU Campus Recreation advising and faculty offices, a number of classrooms, three gymnasiums, one dance studio, two swimming pools, a 1,500-square-foot weight room, six racquetball courts, and male and female locker rooms. Adjacent to the HPER building is a grass outdoor facility used for activity classes, club sports, and intramurals. Eight outdoor tennis courts complete the HPER complex.



Academic Advising

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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