Master of Science in health physical education teaching

Master of Science with a major in Health and Physical Education Teaching

The program emphasis is on obtaining teaching knowledge and skills in Health and Physical Education Teaching. The curriculum includes classes in; curriculum development for school health and physical education programs, implementing developmentally appropriate instruction for all learners, assessing health and physical education content knowledge and skill proficiency, using instructional technology effectively, and demonstrating the qualities of a professional Health and Physical Educator. Each concentration is comprised of tailored coursework and professional experiences according the student's prior background and professional aspirations to prepare them to meeting multiple levels of disciplinary standards including:

  • The Michigan Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (MI InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2013, define the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and dispositions that all entry-level teachers should possess upon completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
  • Michigan-specific content standards define the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the specific discipline(s) in which teacher candidates seek endorsements, as well as pedagogical applications of that disciplinary knowledge. "Standards for the preparation of Health and Physical Education Teachers in Michigan."


Continuing Education
Continuing Education seeking K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification
Initial K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification
Adapted Physical Education Curriculum

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program

The Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program is available to academically strong students completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students to begin master's degree coursework while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Students have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.

For students whose undergraduate major is in Sport Management, the AGRADE graduate program options are: Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; and Sports Administration.

Admission Information

Admission to the M.S. program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must provide a personal statement including career/academic goals, and official transcripts of meeting the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for regular admission
  • Undergraduate of GPA 2.8 - 2.99 for qualified admission
  • No GRE required

Concentrations Overview

Continuing Education

Students who enroll in this program already have teacher certification and are coming back to school to obtain their master's and gain professional knowledge. Given this focus, it is important for students to have flexibility with their options. There are two required courses for this concentration (6 credit hours) and 24 credit hours that are electives. The electives must be taken in KIN, KHS, HPE, HE, or SAM and must be approved by the advisor. This is a total of 30 credit hours to obtain the degree.

Continuing Education seeking K-12: Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification

For certified teachers that hold certification in another subject area and are looking to add Health and Physical Education Teaching as an endorsement to their teacher licensure. The concentration has a minimum of 30 credit hours but could take up to 51 credits to complete (depending on the courses that they might have already taken). The courses that are required for certification are approved by the State of Michigan. The total number of courses/credit hours that need to be taken at WSU to be certified in Health and Physical Education K-12 is 51 credit hours or 17 courses. As these students are already certified in another area (or in a single area such as Health or Physical Education), they might be able to have equivalent courses counted toward their state certification. Given these unknowns, this degree is a minimum of 30 credit hours, but requires 51 credit hours if the student does not have any courses at previous institutions.

Initial K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification

For students who already have a bachelor's degree in any subject area, but would like to go back to school to become a teacher. These students will earn initial teacher certification through this master's degree. The required courses are approved and required by the State of Michigan for Health and Physical Education Teacher initial certification. There is a total of 64 credit hours/19 courses that must be taken. As with all other concentrations, the student can take a minimum of 30 credit hours for this degree if they have taken equivalent courses at other institutions. However, a total of 64 credits/19 courses with equivalent content must be accounted for to obtain recommendation for certification.

K-12 Adapted Physical Education with Certification

For those who already have teacher certification in Health and Physical Education or Special Education and would like to add Adapted Physical Education to their State of Michigan teaching license. There is a total of 30 credit hours needed to obtain the degree with this concentration. Nineteen of those credit hours are required courses as stipulated by the State of Michigan for certification, and 11 credit hours are electives for the student. The electives must be courses in KIN, KHS, HPE, HE, SED, and SAM and must be approved by the advisor. All applicants must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) content area exams in either Health and Physical Education or Special Education.

Semester I

Courses Credits
HPE 6400 Physical Activity in Pediatric Disabilities 3
SED 5000 History, philosophy and ethics of teaching students with disabilities 2
KIN, HPE, HE, SED, SAM Elective 3
KIN, HPE, HE, SED, SAM Elective 3
Total 11

Semester II

Courses Credits
HPE 6410 Teaching Adapted Physical Activity and Sport 3
SED 5010 Inclusive Teaching 2
HPE 6440 Leadership Training and Practicum in Adapted Physical Activity  3
KIN, HPE, HE, SED, SAM Elective 4
Total 11

Semester III

Courses Credits
HE 6420 Teaching Aquatics to Special Populations 3
HPE 6430 Physical Activity Assessment in Special Populations 3
SED 5080 Engaged learners/supportive environments 2
Total 8

Total for degree: 30

Plan of Works Based on Concentration

Students in this program complete an individualized Plan of Work with their advisor based on their area of concentration.


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

Accreditation means that a program meets the standards set by the academic and professional community. It’s a seal of approval indicating that the program prepares new educators to teach effectively.


Leah Ketcheson, Ph.D.
Associate professor and program coordinator

Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies

Phone: 313-577-4249