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Physical Education – Pedagogy Concentration Master of Arts

Program Details

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with a concentration in pedagogy for individuals with bachelor’s degrees and teaching experience. The program consists of a curriculum in which students should work to improve their professional teaching skills and work to develop their assessment skills of themselves and of others in order for teaching responsibilities and supervision competencies. Students in the program will explore complex and advanced issues in physical education, involving topics such as exercise science, athletic training, athletic coaching education, sports and exercise psychology, and physical education for exceptional students.

Students in the program will study through a curriculum which involves advanced studies of athletic coaching and topics in sports management. Those classes include curriculum design in physical education, physical education for students with disabilities, and basic instructional theory and teacher development.

Students completing the program should have demonstrated the necessary capabilities and qualifications expected of an educator in physical education, which include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the role of athletic coaches and physical education teachers as leaders of individuals and teams, to demonstrate an understanding of physical education in educational and public settings, to demonstrate an understanding of the science of exercise, including kinesiology and athletic training, and to demonstrate skill in advanced leadership qualities. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize nutritional science and knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help students manage their physical capabilities.


Students require a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate

Accreditation & Licensing

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