Health and Physical Education Students

graduate programHealth and Physical Education (M.A.T)

In an effort to remove barriers to applicants applying to graduate programs, a university special committee has approved the removal of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as an admission requirement. The Masters of Arts in Teaching in Health and Physical Education (HPE M.A.T.) is designed for people with an undergraduate degree in another content area who wish to teach health and physical education in Pk-12 settings. Students in the program will complete the content knowledge required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification in health and physical education as they complete a master’s degree. Students completing the program will be eligible for the Induction Certificate in the State of Georgia.

The following is the course of study for the HPE MAT program:

  • [EPRS 7900] Methods of Research in Education (3 credits) (available online)
  • [EPY 7080] Psychology of Learners and Learning (3 credits) (available online)
  • [EPSF 7120] Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3 credits) (available online)

  • [KH 7240] Advance Teaching Skills for HPE & APE (3 credits)
  • [KH 7250] Teaching Models for HPE (3 credits)
  • [KH 7780] Drug Use Prevention and Intervention (3 credits) (online)

  • [KH 7230] Developing Teaching Skills for HPE/APE (3 credits)
  • [KH 7460] Health Risks and Protective Factors (3 credits)
  • [KH 7470] Using Technology to Assess in HPE/APE (3 credits)
  • [KH 7480] Curriculum Development for HPE/APE (3 credits)
  • [KH 8650] PE for Students with Developmental, Physical, and/or Sensory Disabilities (3 credits)

  • [KH 7790] Current Issues in School Health and Physical Education (3 credits)
  • [KH 7370] Foundation of Effective Portfolio (3 credits)

Additional content courses required by PSC (Note: if previously taken for another degree, students do not need to enroll in these courses):

  • [EXC 4020] Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • [KH 2122] Applied Health and Wellness (3 credits) satisfied with KH 7460
  • [KH 2211]  Movement Sciences for practitioners (3 credits)
  • [KH 3010] PAA I: Skill Themes & Movement Concepts (3 credits)
  • [KH 3020] PAA II: Fitness & Physical Activity for P-12 (3 credits)
  • [KH 3030] PAA III: Team Sports (3 credits)
  • [KH 3040] PAA IV: Lifetime Sports (3 credits)
  • [KH 3200] Instructional Skills for HPE (3 credits) – satisfied with KH 7230
  • [KH 3410] Assessment in HPE (3 credits) – satisfied with KH 7470
  • [KH 3420] Curriculum in HPE (3 credits) – satisfied with KH 7480
  • [KH 3610] Motor Learning and Development (3 credits)
  • [KH 3650] Physiology of Exercise with lab (4 credits)
  • [KH 3700] Sexuality Education for P-12 (3 credits)
  • [KH 4540] Instructional Models for Adapted and Inclusive Physical Education (3 credits) – satisfied with KH 8650
  • [KH 4650] Open School (0 credits)
  • [KH 6710] Student Teaching in HPE (P-5) (3 credits)
  • [KH 6720] Student Teaching in HPE (6-12) (3 credits)

  • A minimum of 36 hours is required for the MAT degree. However, because of PSC content requirements, students may actually be required to complete additional coursework.

Several students have completed this program and are now employed as teachers in local school districts. School districts employing program graduates include:

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cob County School District
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County School District
  • Gwinnett County School District

All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Please see as follows the number of teacher candidates who passed the edTPA out of the total number of candidates who successfully submitted the edTPA in the program, subject-specific area.

K-12 Physical Education - 5/5

Program Contact

Rachel Gurvitch, Ed.D.

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Program of Study 

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Application deadlines
  • Fall  - July 1st
  • Spring – October 15th
  • Summer – March 1st
Application requirements
  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
  • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:
  • Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Entry (350)
  • GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE.
  • For exemption score details, click here.
  • Click here for information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry.

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