icon-apply-grad2 Health and Physical Education (M.Ed.)


Models based instruction along with research-based pedagogy form the basis of the HPE Masters in Education Degree. Teachers who have initial certification learn advanced teaching techniques as well as leadership and supervision skills as they complete the program and earn a T-5 teaching certificate. Students without initial certification are able to complete their teaching certification in the program with the addition of undergraduate content classes.

Course description and classes

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A variety of research projects run throughout the year, including technology integration, assessment, comprehensive school physical activity programs, and adaptive physical education. Contact a faculty member for additional details.

Gurvitch, R., & Lund, J. (2011). Theory into Practice: The (Missing) Link between Instruction and Assessment. Strategies, 25(1), 32-34.
Gurvitch, R., & Metzler, M. (2010). Theory into Practice: Keeping the Purpose in Mind: The Implementation of Instructional Models in Physical Education Settings. Strategies, 23(3), 32-35.

Metzler, M. W., McKenzie, T. L., van der Mars, H., Barrett-Williams, S. L., & Ellis, R. (2013). Health Optimizing Physical Education (HOPE): A New Curriculum for School Programs—Part 1: Establishing the Need and Describing the Model. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 84(4), 41-47.

Metzler, M. W., McKenzie, T. L., van der Mars, H., Barrett-Williams, S. L., & Ellis, R. (2013). Health Optimizing Physical Education (HOPE): A New Curriculum for School Programs—Part 2: Teacher Knowledge and Collaboration. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 84(5), 25-34.