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Physical Education Masters Degree (M.Ed.), PreK-8, 5-12, Professional

Why Choose a Masters Degree in Physical Education?

The Master of Education degree program in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies is designed to complement the undergraduate teacher certification program. It will enable the qualified student to satisfy all state competencies for Professional Licensure as a teacher of elementary or secondary physical education.

The Master of Education degree is designed to serve individuals who possess Initial certification and who are required to earn the Professional teacher certification. Additionally, individuals with Professional Licensure required to earn Professional Development Points toward re-certification or wish to pursue a M.Ed. with emphasis on Physical Education may also be served by this program.

Requirements for the Masters Degree in Physical Education

M.Ed. Programs for Licensed Teachers

Westfield State University has a history and abiding commitment of preparing educators who serve the educational needs of prekindergarten through secondary school students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shared vision of Westfield's education programs is articulated as "Educators as Leaders Building Learning Communities."  Themes that support this vision are community building, reflective practice, diversity, and social justice.

Westfield is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and all licensure programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Professional licensure programs are designed to meet the needs of teachers who already possess an initial level Massachusetts teaching license, and are seeking a master's degree that will lead to a professional teaching license in the same or related field. In order to be eligible for a professional license, teachers must have taught for three years in the area of their initial license, as well as meet other requirements listed in the licensure regulations.

Candidates in professional licensure programs will demonstrate their commitment to diversity at several points in their program. Each candidate will be required to reflect on his or her beliefs, values, experiences, and/or current practices for developing competencies that support diversity. Decisions about a candidate's performance in professional licensure programs will be based on multiple assessments.

Westfield State University offers the M.Ed. with professional licensure in the following areas:



Early Childhood PreK-2, Professional, M.Ed. 

Elementary 1-6, Professional, Multidisciplinary Track, M.Ed. 

Elementary, Professional, Reading Track, M.Ed. 

Elementary, Professional, Single Academic Area Track, M.Ed. 

Mathematics, 5-8, 8-12, Professional, M.Ed. 

Physical Education, PreK-8, 5-12, Professional, M.Ed. 



 

Specialist Teacher License

 

The Reading Specialist, Initial, M.Ed. program is designed for licensed teachers in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities who desire initial licensure as a Reading Specialist.

For candidates who have taught for three years in the area of their initial teaching license (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities), and who have met the other requirements listed in licensure regulations, it will also lead to professional licensure in the area of the first teaching license.

Advising for graduate students in the M.Ed. programs facilitates student progress in degree programs and offers an opportunity to design and to amend programs of study, acquire career advice and address topics of particular interest to students involved in graduate study for career advancement or professional development. Registration advising is offered in advance of the semester to assist with course choices appropriate for graduate programs. Programs of study constructed during the first semester of matriculation allow students to remain active participants in their course selections.

    Program Description

    This 34-credit hour program is designed for physical education teachers who possess Initial Licensure and who are required to earn the Professional teacher license. It will enable the qualified student to satisfy all state competencies for Professional Licensure as a teacher of elementary or secondary physical education. Additionally, individuals with Professional Licensure required to earn Professional Development Points toward re-certification or who wish to pursue a M.Ed. with emphasis on Physical Education may also be served by this program. Students without the appropriate license may work toward the initial license for Physical Education PreK-8 or 5-12 and apply up to six semester hours of graduate work toward the master's degree.

    To be admitted to the program, applicants must have an initial or professional Massachusetts license in physical education.

    See Admission requirements for graduate programs.

     

     

     

     

      Requirements for Master’s Degree - 34 Credits

       

        Program of Study

          A. Prerequisite coursework or experience

          Content knowledge in the following areas must be documented in the student's previous academic record or professional experience. Any gaps in coverage must be fulfilled as determined by the student's graduate advisor.

          • Adaptive physical education
          • introductory course in computer applications
          • Introductory course in child or adolescent psychology OR motor development and behavior

            B. Required courses (34 credits)

            • EDUC 0633 - Social Cultural Theories: Foundations of Education
            • EDUC 0653 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: English Language Learners
            • EDUC 0654 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: Exceptional Learners
            • MOVP 0605 - Applied Quantitative Methods
            • MOVP 0610 - Analyzing Physical Education and Sport Instruction
            • MOVP 0612 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
            • MOVP 0615 - Research Methods in Physical Education
            • MOVP 0620 - Current Issues in Physical Education
            • MOVP 0625 - Biomechanics
            • MOVP 0630 - Curriculum Development in Physical Education
            • MOVP 0635 - Technological Applications in Physical Education
            • MOVP 0636 - Liability and Risk Management in Physical Education
            • MOVP 0640 - Advanced Motor Learning

            Additional Guidelines

            Students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of knowledge gained in coursework and to relate concepts across the curriculum. The comprehensive exam may be taken after completing a minimum of 27 credits