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Physical Education Pedagogy

The Graduate Physical Education Pedagogy Sequence is offered 100% online. This sequence provides students with the educational background necessary to enhance their knowledge base and skills in teaching physical education K-12. The sequence is designed for people who already have a degree in Physical Education Teacher Education or a teaching license to teach physical education. The program is not designed to lead to a license/certification or endorsement in physical education.

The sequence is sensitive to the needs of in-service teachers and all classes are offered online. Physical Education graduate students may choose to be full time or part time students based on their needs and situation. The sequence of courses is outlined years in advanced and it is up to the student and their advisor to map out an appropriate schedule. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance into the Physical Education Pedagogy graduate sequence.

Physical Education Pedagogy Faculty and Research Interests

Deborah Garrahy, Ph.D. Indiana University, Curriculum & Instruction. Gender, teacher beliefs and practices

Mary Henninger, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Physical Education Pedagogy
Lives and careers of physical education teachers; teacher career development; influences of urban contexts on physical education teachers careers

Alan Lacy, Ed.D. Arizona State University, Sport Pedagogy with a minor in Exercise Science Physical Education Pedagogy, Assessment and administration

Skip Williams, Ph.D., University of Utah
School based physical activity interventions and fitness measurement; Health-Related Fitness; Instructional Models (tactical games); Assessment in Physical Education

Physical Education Pedagogy Curriculum and Sequence

Students admitted to the Physical Education Pedagogy graduate sequence must complete a minimum of 33 total credit hours, including 6 credit hours in the research core, 12 credit hours in the Physical Education Pedagogy core, 9-12 hours of elective Physical Education Pedagogy courses, and 3-6 credit hours of an advisor-approved culminating experience/thesis. Course descriptions can be accessed in the Graduate School Catalog and in the pdf under the course description heading on this site. The Physical Education Pedagogy curriculum is outlined below:

Research Core - 6 hours

  • KNR 497, Introduction to Research Methods
  • KNR 418, Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education

PE Pedagogy Sequence - 12 hours

  • KNR 417, Research on Teaching in Physical Education
  • KNR 419, Contemporary Curriculums in Physical Education
  • KNR 421, Improving Instruction in Physical Activity Settings
  • KNR 422, Promoting Physical Activity and Fitness Education

Cognate Area

9-12 hours of electives approved by the Physical Education Pedagogy faculty advisor from the list of courses below:

  • KNR 423, Socio-cultural Perspectives in Physical Education Pedagogy
  • KNR 425, Technology Integration in Physical Education
  • KNR 426, Clinical Supervision in Physical Activity Settings
  • KNR 427, Authentic Assessment in Contemporary Physical Education Programs
  • KNR 428, Contemporary Topics in Physical Education

Culminating Experience

3-6 hours approved by the PETE faculty advisor

  • KNR 498, Professional Practice, 6 hours
  • KNR 499, Thesis, 6 hours
  • KNR 400, Independent Study, 3 hours

Course Descriptions

Download a PDF of course descriptions.

Course Sequence

The Physical Education Pedagogy program can be completed within two years. However, to do so you must adhere to the sequencing of courses. Most courses are delivered on a every-other-year rotation. Download a PDF of the course sequence.

Course Delivery and Format

All courses in the Physical Education Pedagogy sequence are offered online using the Sakai learning management system called ReggieNet. Students must have access to the following to be successful in this program: reliable computer and internet, working knowledge of Microsoft office, Adobe Acrobat and video recording/uploading.

During the Fall and Spring Semesters courses will follow the regular 16 week schedule. All Summer Semester courses will be offered on an 8 week schedule. Summer courses will begin the Monday following Spring Commencement (typically the 2nd or 3rd week of May). It is recommended that students devote 6-9 hours a week for all 16 week courses and 12-18 hours a week for all 8 week courses.

Admission to the Physical Education Pedagogy Sequence

The online Physical Education Pedagogy program will begin offering courses starting the summer semester of 2015. Applications for admission are first sent to the university graduate school and are then reviewed by the Physical Education Pedagogy faculty and the school graduate program coordinator. Admission to the program is competitive and admissions decisions are based on a variety of factors, including undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, past work experiences, and future career goals.

The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience, a Physical Education Teacher Education degree or license, have strong undergraduate grades, have strong recommendations, and have a desire to enhance their teaching and career as a physical education teacher. The Physical Education Pedagogy sequence will consider applications each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). To assure fullest consideration, completed applications must be filed within two months prior to the desired semester. Priority will be given to early applicants who have met the criteria. Applications will not be considered until all materials have been received.

Questions about Physical Education Pedagogy?

Contact Dr. Skip Williams, Sequence Coordinator,
( 309) 438-1114


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