Physical Education MST

Physical Education MST student doing an exercise with a child on a swing

Physical Education (M.S.T.) Program

The M.S.T. program is designed for people interested in teaching physical education who do not possess a teaching certificate or who hold an initial certification in another subject area. Coursework is informed by the highest standards of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) and the New York State Learning Standards in Physical Education.

Two Certificate Tracks

Two options include Track A for students who are not certified (55 credit hours) and Track B for students who are previously certified in another subject area (43 credit hours). Beyond graduate-level core courses in physical education, both tracks provide the knowledge and skills that integrate physical education theory with hand-on practice.

Students sit for a comprehensive exam to complete a culminating master's thesis. Students in Track A, the initial certificate program, will student teach for one semester after their comprehensive exam.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application
  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. Recommendation letters will be requested through our  system. One of those contacts must be a public school employee (submitted online with the application). The recommendation form is available through the application.
  4. One page letter of application indicating why you are interested in the program (submitted online with the application)
  5. Interview with graduate coordinators

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Initial teaching certificate and documentation of initial certification in an area other than Physical Education for admission to Track B.
  • Successful completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

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Contact Us

Chair: Rebecca Bryan (Lynn MacDonald - Interim fall 2022)
Main Office: Park Center, Room 1126
Phone: 607-753-5577
Fax: 607-753-5975