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Physical Education [PEC] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Physical Education Department
Lynn E. Couturier, chair and graduate coordinator
Park Center, Room 1126
607-753-5577
Fax: 607-753-5957

Overview

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:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Physical Education Leadership

Program Highlights

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 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.

Culminating Experience

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.

Environmental Facilities

Take advantage of SUNY Cortland's exceptional outdoor education resources for research, workshops and classes at our Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. This unique learning environment includes Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system.

Career Potential

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.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

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.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
    Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. A resume, which must include the contact information for three references. One of those contacts must be a public school employee (submitted online with the application)
  4. Letter of application indicating why you are interested in the program (submitted online with the application)
  5. Documentation of initial certification in physical education within six months of starting classes.

 Admissions Criteria

A minimum 2.5 overall undergraduate grade point average.

Deadlines

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.

Program Requirements
A. All students must take the physical education degree core of six credit hours:
  • PED 610 - Readings in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 611 - Research in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
B. Concentrations

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:

  • PED 602 - Research Project in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 650 - Master’s Thesis (3 or 6 cr. hr.)
    This is a six-credit-hour requirement that can be taken in two semesters at three credit hours each.
  • PED 651 - Comprehensive Examination Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete PED 602 or 650 or 651 must register for PED 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
Adapted Physical Education Concentration [ADPE]

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
  • PED 530 - Research in Adapted Physical Activity (4 cr. hr.)
  • PED 635 - Instructional Strategies in Adapted Physical Education (4 cr. hr.)
  • PED 636 - Student and Program Evaluation in Adapted Physical Education (4 cr. hr.)
  • PED 638 - Positive Behavior Management and Discipline in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
Adapted Specialty Electives

Three credit hours if PED 650 is selected as the culminating activity; six credit hours if PED 651 is selected.

  • PED 531 - Inclusive Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 533 - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 637 - Preschool Movement Programs (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 612 - Advanced Statistical Applications in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
    Other electives accepted by advisement
Culminating Activity: Three to six credit hours
  • PED 650 - Master’s Thesis (3 or 6 cr. hr.)
    This is a six-credit-hour requirement that can be taken in two semesters at three credit hours each.|
    or
  • PED 651 - Comprehensive Examination Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete PED 650 or PED 651 must register for PED 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
Coaching Pedagogy Concentration [COAP]

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:
  • PED 610 - Readings in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 611 - Research in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 625 - Lifespan Motor Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 536 - Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
Summer II:
  • EXS 558 - Physiological Principles of Conditioning for Sports (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 613 - Philosophy and Principles of Coaching (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 639 - Sports Skills Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 537 - Advanced Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
Summer III:
  • EXS 646 - Behavior in Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 633 - Inclusive Coaching Methods and Programs (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 651 - Comprehensive Examination Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 538 - Applied Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
Culminating Activity: Three credit hours
  • PED 651 - Comprehensive Examination Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete PED 650 or PED 651 must register for PED 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
Physical Education Leadership [LEA]

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
  • PED 515 - Technology in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 526 - Physical Activity and Fitness Programming for Schools (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 610 - Readings in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 611 - Research in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 621 - Curriculum Construction In Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 622 - Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 644 - School-Based Leadership (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 660 - Physical Education Practicum I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 661 - Physical Education Practicum II (3 cr. hr.)
Culminating Activity: Three or six credit hours
  • PED 602 - Research Project in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PED 650 - Master’s Thesis (3 or 6 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete PED 602 or PED 650 must register for PED 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
Physical Education Leadership Concentration
Summer: Nine credit hours
  • PED 515 - Technology in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 610 - Readings in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 644 - School-Based Leadership (3 cr. hr.)
Fall: 12 credit hours
  • PED 526 - Physical Activity and Fitness Programming for Schools (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 611 - Research in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 621 - Curriculum Construction In Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 660 - Physical Education Practicum I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring: Nine credit hours
  • PED 602 - Research Project in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 622 - Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 661 - Physical Education Practicum II (3 cr. hr.)
Additional Requirements

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:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required: 30-33