Program Overview

The Physical Education Pedagogy degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato is an online program intended for teachers in physical education who wish to enhance their knowledge in the art of teaching.  The program is designed for individuals who are currently teaching physical education as well as those who have a license for K-12 PE and want to re-enter the profession.  Current PE teacher may also take individual courses in order to enhance their knowledge and do not need to enroll in the program.  Students in this program will learn about best-practices in teaching with adapted PE concepts and the latest techniques and methods.

The curriculum involves two sections of required core content, one elective course, and a capstone experience.  The first section, Human Performance, involves statistical methods and techniques of research.  The next section, PE Pedagogy, includes courses on curriculum design, instruction strategies, current issues, and systematic observation.  For the capstone experience, students have the option of completing an alternate plan paper, a manuscript, an internship, or a thesis.  Each capstone option has a different amount of credit hours.

Pedagogy is the art or science of education and how an instructor uses the best practices and techniques to teach their subjects.  Students in this program will learn how to optimize their teaching skills in Physical Education so that their pupils may get the most out of their education.  Individuals will learn how to design educational programs using the latest methods that can reach out to students with many different backgrounds and abilities; they will also be able to observe and assess children’s physical abilities, knowledge, and progress.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    This degree is designed for individuals with K-12 teaching licenses.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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