Inspire today's youth to enjoy the benefits of an active and healthy life. Be a positive role model for people of all ages. Share your love of physical activity and fitness with upcoming generations. Become a leader and advocate for constructive change in the physical education profession by studying for the M.S.Ed. in physical education at SUNY Cortland. Your graduate-level course work is informed by the highest standards, including those of the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) and the New York State Learning Standards in Physical Education.
Choose from the following concentrations:
Beyond the graduate-level core courses in physical education, you'll explore topics that are specific to each concentration.
Adapted Physical Education [ADPE]
This concentration offers graduate-level study in adapted physical education, instructional strategies and curriculum and measurement in adapted physical education, as well as course work in inclusive outdoor education, positive behavior management and discipline in physical education and preschool movement programs.
Coaching Pedagogy [COAP]
This concentration provides knowledge and skills that apply to both coaching and teaching physical education with an emphasis on teaching, research methodologies and applications of current technology. This is a hybrid program that combines online and on-campus course work over three consecutive summers. Topics include lifespan motor development, digital video analysis, sport skill analysis, sports conditioning, principles of coaching, behavior in sport and inclusive coaching methods and programs.
Physical Education Leadership [LEA]
This concentration will be offered as a separate degree program beginning in Summer Session I 2015. See Physical Education Leadership M.S.Ed. for information.
This concentration is an intensive one-year program of study that prepares you to take a leadership role in developing and implementing progressive physical education curricula and advocating for quality physical education programs. You will study research on teaching effectiveness, curriculum models, fitness programming, technology, and leadership techniques and apply them in school-based field experiences that will include working with diverse populations and applying various technologies to enhance student learning.
When you select the concentration in adapted physical education, you may choose to sit for a comprehensive examination or waive the examination requirement and complete a culminating master's thesis. The concentration in coaching pedagogy requires you to sit for a comprehensive examination. The concentration in physical education leadership requires you to complete an action-based research project that will be embedded in your field experiences.
Take advantage of SUNY Cortland's exceptional outdoor education resources for research, workshops and classes at our William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. This unique learning environment includes Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system.
When you achieve the M.S.Ed. in physical education from SUNY Cortland, you'll be well prepared for a career as a physical education teacher or a coach or for positions that combine the two responsibilities.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
A minimum 2.5 overall undergraduate grade point average.
Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.
Students in the M.S.Ed. program must select one of the following concentrations: Adapted Physical Education, Coaching Pedagogy, or Physical Education Leadership. The requirements for each concentration are listed below.C. Electives
All elective courses by advisement.D. Culminating Experience: Three or six credit hours
The culminating experience for the M.S.Ed. is specified by concentration from the following:
The purpose of this concentration is to prepare master teachers with special expertise in adapted physical education consistent with curricula that meet current New York state and national standards. These master teachers will also be prepared to assess student performance and conduct program evaluation. All electives must be approved by the coordinator of the Adapted Physical Education graduate program.Adapted Physical Education Core: 15 credit hours
Three credit hours if PED 650 is selected as the culminating activity; six credit hours if PED 651 is selected.
The purpose of this concentration is to provide graduate students with knowledge and skills that apply especially to coaching but also to teaching physical education. Applying current technology and research methodologies to coaching and teaching is emphasized. This program is offered over three summer sessions as a residency-based online program that includes online preparation followed by in-class course work on campus.Summer I:
The purpose of this concentration is to prepare master teachers who have the knowledge and skills required to create curricula that meet current New York state and national standards. These master teachers will also be prepared to assess student performance and conduct program evaluations.
The physical education leadership concentration is an intensive one-year program of study. Each student cohort will begin the program in the summer preceding the academic year.Physical Education Leadership Core Requirements: 27 credit hours
Additional requirements for the M.S.Ed. may be determined by the Physical Education Department and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with the department's graduate coordinator.Required Workshops
Complete the following workshops: