Physical Education Teacher Education

Physical Education & Physical Activity Pedagogy, M.Ed.

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Advanced Physical Education

A master’s of education degree in physical education and physical activity pedagogy has two options:

Option 1 provides certified teachers with an opportunity to continue their education in the study of physical activity pedagogy.

Option 2 provides applicants with an undergraduate degree, an opportunity to get a graduate degree plus teacher certification in physical education.

The programs offer opportunities to become involved in nationally-recognized research and to work hand-in-hand with local schools and communities to promote movement, physical activity, fitness and wellness.

Fast Facts

  • Progam can be completed in one year or multiple years.
  • M.Ed. Option 1 can be completed through online delivery of courses. 
  • Students can enter fall, spring or summer semester.
  • Students take coursework in physical activity pedagogy, curriculum and program development, health promotion, assessment of physical activity, and contemporary issues in physical activity as well as coursework in education such as models of teaching.
  • Students are involved in problem-based research addressing physical activity pedagogy in their setting.
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement An M.Ed. degree in physical education and physical activity pedagogy trains you for jobs in education and sports administration. Jobs in this field are in high demand and salaries vary from state to state.
Degree Roadmap Students who graduate with a degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity Pedagogy have 2 options.
Option 1 | Online 1 year program
Option 2 | Graduate Degree + Certification 
Degree Prep A physical education degree provides graduates with the opportunity to help a sedentary generation plagued with decreasing wellness (e.g., obesity, low levels of fitness). A background in one or more of the disciplines of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is helpful in preparing you to enter these degree programs. If you want to be on the forefront of a field that increasingly needs trained professionals, you should consider a graduate degree in P.E. pedagogy.
Scholarships Department of Movement Sciences offers scholarships for Physical Education and Physical Activity Pedagogy, M.Ed.  students.  Also visit the Financial Aid office for more available scholarships.
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Hands-On Learning With research opportunities imbedded within the community public schools, graduate students in physical education pedagogy have extensive opportunities to conduct intensive research and to learn hands-on and teach within the University of Idaho community. Students involved in character education are involved in creating curriculum for sports teams or in gathering data from our new servant leadership online certificate course for coaches.
  • Physical Education Majors club and Phi Delta Kappan