M.Ed in Physical Education
The degree is designed for physical education teachers, administrators, dance educators, sport theorists, exercise specialists and personal trainers. This is a traditional type of degree where students will attend the majority of their classes on campus. It meets the specific needs of students who are preparing to pursue an advanced degree, those who are seeking certification to teach physical education, and those who wish to continue their professional development. The degree also provides appropriate preparation for specialists working in fitness programs in corporate and medical settings as well as for business personnel in the sports industry. The degree is designed for students interested in the following program emphasis areas: Urban Fitness Programming and Motor Behavior.
Urban Fitness Programming
Students will enroll in an integrated curriculum designed to provide specialized training and experiences for managerial and coordinator positions in fitness and wellness professions. The integrated curriculum emphasizes knowledge and theory underlying the development, implementation and evaluation of programs to promote physical activity, fitness and wellness. Following completion, program graduates are employed as fitness directors, program managers, and other health-related positions in medical, legislative, and corporate fitness settings.
The Motor Behavior emphasis area is designed for students pursuing careers as movement educators, personal trainers and professional therapists. Coursework focuses on motor control and learning, biomechanics, rehabilitation and applications of neuroscience. This emphasis area provides students with a strong knowledge base in human movement science and the tools to pursue new knowledge in the field of motor behavior. It also provides a strong foundation for clinical professions such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.