Physical and Sport Education: MEd
The MEd degree provides an advanced course of study for students interested in teaching physical education and coaching. The master of education in health, physical education, and recreation is a non-thesis option for off-campus professionals, such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other fitness professionals. The degree is designed to promote best practices and enhance discipline knowledge in professionals currently employed in public school districts, private schools, and other community-oriented agencies. All courses are presently offered through USU's Distance Education Program using interactive broadcast technology.
USU Department of Kinesiology & Health Science:
Physical and Sport Education - MEd
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students can receive the MEd by pursuing the following option:
- The Plan C is comprised of coursework and a creative project (see Program Requirements below). It does not involve a thesis, but the project does require completion of a successful defense meeting.
Applicants are accepted from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, but they must have a current teaching license or be working toward one.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
International students have additional admissions requirements.
The program has rolling admission, meaning the department will continue to consider and accept applications until the program is full. The time it takes to process an application is primarily dependent on the speed with which the School of Graduate Studies receives letters of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores. For most students, this process may take six to eight weeks. Applicants should plan accordingly.
The department awards 20 graduate assistantships each year for qualified graduate students to teach in the HPER physical activity program, selected undergraduate academic courses and laboratory sections, and work with faculty with ongoing research projects. Each first-year graduate assistant or teaching assistant is awarded $6,700 and is expected to earn Utah residency status to receive the in-state tuition and fees schedule. Applications for assistantships are available year-round, and students may begin either in the fall or spring semester. Applicants are evaluated based on previous academic success, experience and/or ability to teach a variety of activity classes and/or research potential or background in the HPER discipline.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Students receiving the MEd will be qualified to teach physical education and work as school coaches in various areas.
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