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Physical Education, MS - Pedagogy Option

Online Physical Education Master’s Degree - Pedagogy

Are you an in-service physical education teacher looking to enhance your efficacy as an educator and advance your career? The University of Central Missouri’s online Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree program — flexible, asynchronous, convenient and fully accredited — is designed for you. 

To accommodate the needs of working teachers, most online coursework for UCM’s Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree is offered during the summer. With no GRE required to apply and rolling admissions, today is the perfect time to take the next step on your journey as an educator.

Benefits of online Physical Education master’s degree programs

UCM’s robust virtual learning platform offers the high-quality education you expect from an on-campus program but in a format you can more easily integrate into your busy schedule. Attend courses for UCM’s Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree program from anywhere in the country and learn at your own pace. You’ll be supported by expert faculty and peers who understand the complex demands on your time and are invested in seeing you succeed.

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Ranked 4th-highest ROI in the nation

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Online and summer courses

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No GRE required

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High quality yet extremely affordable

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CAEP-accredited program

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What you will study

UCM’s online Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree program will give you greater insight into the core principles of physical education, including effective teaching methodology and child development, as well as advanced training in curriculum development and assessment.

Program courses you may take include:

  • Trends and Issues in Physical Education and Coaching: In this core course of our online Physical Education master’s degree, you’ll analyze on-the-job problems and develop strategic solutions.
  • Behavior Interventions in Physical Education: Learn about and apply key psychological principles in physical education related to student motivation, goal-setting, group dynamics, behavior modification and self-perception.
  • Physical Activity Promotion: Examine theories of behavior change and evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity in children and adolescents. Evaluate how your PE program might better integrate the principles of the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Model (CSPAP).


National Rankings

  • #4: Online Master’s in Physical Education with the Highest Return on Investment (OnlineU, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Master’s Degree Colleges for Health & Physical Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in physical education pedagogy

Our graduate program’s focus on applied learning will also get you hands-on experience in a variety of ways:

  • Capstone project: UCM’s online Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree concludes with a capstone project, unlike the research thesis required by many other Physical Education master’s degree programs. We recognize that your goals as a physical education teacher may not necessarily include academic research. The capstone project is an applied learning opportunity for you to develop your original ideas in the context of current thinking in the field.
  • Practice what you teach: Conduct a walkability/rideability assessment of the neighborhood around your school the only way you can — by walking or cycling through it!
  • Master the tools of the trade: Develop your expertise on technology in physical education settings, becoming the leader your department and school need. Create a presentation advocating for increased funding at your school for technology equipment.
  • Learn advanced instructional technology: A central tenet of Physical Education master’s degree programs is to expand and enrich your understanding of educational technology. In this course, you’ll explore various curriculum models and design physical education units to use with your students based on their needs and interests.


What can you do with a Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree from UCM?

UCM’s online Physical Education master’s degree program with a concentration in Pedagogy provides the education and practical training you need to become a leader and change agent in the field.

Many UCM graduates with a Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree go on to serve in leadership roles for state and national organizations, pursue doctoral degrees in physical education or sport pedagogy or take up senior administrative roles within their departments.

Jobs with a Physical Education Pedagogy master’s degree

Physical Education teachers with a Pedagogy master’s degree are in strong demand in school districts across the country. Use our interactive tool below to explore regional trends, growth and salary information for graduates of Physical Education master’s degree programs.




Financial assistance options for your online Physical Education master’s degree

The University of Central Missouri’s commitment to low student debt means we offer all of our degree programs at competitive rates, with generous financial aid options available for both graduate and undergraduate students.

UCM’s online Physical Education master’s degree program represents particularly strong value. This graduate program has been recognized by OnlineU as #4 in the nation and #1 in the state of Missouri for a student’s return on their investment (ROI).

The majority of UCM students receive some form of financial aid, including loans, grants, graduate assistantships and scholarships. Your financial aid advisor will work with you to determine the best options for financing your graduate education.

In addition to university-wide resources, you may be eligible for funding reserved for graduate students within the College of Education. Learn more about school- and program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to physical education pedagogy.

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