Physical Education Master Teacher, Master of Arts in Education

Offered by Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Program Information and Admission Requirements

Admission to degree work is contingent on

  1. Evaluation of the candidate's undergraduate transcript.
  2. Applicants are to submit a one (1) page personal statement as to why they would like to pursue a master's in Physical Education pedagogy/special populations. In addition to the one page statement, develop a presentation using an interactive technology item, such as Prezi, or iBook, to demonstrate your teaching philosophy in Physical Education (or education in general) and the relationship between today's technology and teaching students of today. Please submit a link/QR code to the presentation as part of your (1) page statement. 

Graduation Requirements

In addition to their coursework, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination prior to graduation or may choose to complete a Thesis.

Comprehensive examinations are to be taken on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney unless an off campus site and a waiver for the on campus requirement are approved by a majority vote of the HPERLS graduate faculty. Comprehensive examinations will be offered the last week of March, June, and October. The comprehensive written examination will consist of at least three questions.

  • one question relating to research techniques
  • one question relating to content from their graduate coursework
  • one question relating to the student's area of focus/emphasis

Scoring of the comprehensive written exam will be scored as

  • Pass - no further examination is required
  • Conditional Pass with an oral examination required - Following the oral exam the student can then be granted a Pass or No Pass with remediation required. Students earning a No Pass must then take another written comprehensive examination within a time period specified by the examination committee.
  • No Pass - the committee will then recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research that the candidate be reexamined after a specified interval. Means for improvement shall be recommended to the candidate by the committee.

After a student takes a second comprehensive examination, the student will be given the same scoring as above, except in any situation in which the student receives a score of No Pass the committee will then recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research that the candidate be refused graduation.

Comprehensive Examination Committee

The comprehensive exam committee will consist of two graduate faculty members of the student's choosing within their field of study, with the Graduate Program Chair (or another graduate faculty member if the Graduate Program Chair is on the exam committee) serving as a third member if arbitration of grading is needed.

Thesis: In lieu of a comprehensive exam, a student may elect to complete a Thesis. A 6 hour thesis project (PE 896) is to be completed under the direction of a thesis advisor. At the time a student elects to write a thesis, the advisor and the Chair of the HPERLS Graduate Program Committee shall obtain approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research on the composition of the committee by submitting a "Proposed Supervisory Committee" form. This committee will approve a thesis proposal and guide the student in the writing of the thesis. The committee will also examine the student in the required oral examination at the completion of the project. The time and place of the examination will be determined by the Chair of the Committee.

Thesis and Thesis Committee

A completed thesis must be submitted for the approval of the thesis committee within two years from the completion of the course work. This time requirement may be waived at the discretion of the majority of the Department's Graduate Committee. The thesis committee shall consist of a minimum of three members:

  • The candidate's thesis professor who will serve as chair,
  • A member representing the candidate's major discipline (generally from the degree granting institution),
  • A third member representing a related field selected at large from the University of Nebraska Graduate Faculty. This member cannot be a member of the candidate's department.

This program is offered online only.

All students are required to complete an exit survey during the semester of graduation or program completion.

Pedagogy Emphasis

This program is designed for persons interested in the art and science of teaching physical education content to students enrolled in elementary to post secondary institutions.

Professional Requirement
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation and Leisure3
PE 828PSecondary School Physical Education3
PE 831Curriculum Design in Physical Education3
PE 841PElementary School Physical Education3
PE 861Physiology of Exercise3
PE 871Physical Education for Students with Disabilities3
PE 874Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education3
PE 875Analysis of Physical Education Teaching3
TE 800Education Research3
PE 845Motor Development3
or PE 877 Motor Learning
Electives
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions
Special Topics in Education 1
School/Community Relations
Psychology of Sport
Sociology of Sports Activities
Seminar: Physical Education
Administrative Problems in Physical Education
Facilities for Sports and Recreation
Motor Development
Secondary School Health
Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities
Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education
Motor Learning
Thesis
Foundations of Effective Instruction
Total Credit Hours36

Special Populations Emphasis

This program is designed for persons interested in the physical activity of individuals with disabilities, particularly school-age students, and leads to the endorsement in Adapted Physical Education issued by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Professional Requirements
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation and Leisure3
PE 831Curriculum Design in Physical Education3
PE 861Physiology of Exercise3
PE 871Physical Education for Students with Disabilities3
PE 872Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities3
PE 873Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities3
PE 874Seminar and Practicum in Physical Education3
PE 875Analysis of Physical Education Teaching3
TE 800Education Research3
TESE 821PNature and Needs of Exceptionalities3
TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3
PE 845Motor Development3
or PE 877 Motor Learning
Total Credit Hours36
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See advisor for approved topic.