Physical Education: Pedagogy Concentration

Program details

Credits required: 36

Location Format   
Kalamazoo—up to 18 credit hours available Face-to-face
Online—up to 33 credit hours available Online

Industry highlights

Employment for education occupations is expected to grow 15 percent through 2020Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Arts (MA)

Getting acquainted with physical education (MA)—pedagogy concentration at WMU

Nine million children and teens ages 6-19 are overweight and obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States. (Get America Fit Foundation).

Be a part of the solution. The Master of Arts in Physical Education (with an emphasis in pedagogy) at Western Michigan University provides students with a comprehensive physical education immersion experience, and prepares them to emerge as experts in the field.

This online program from WMU's Department of Human Performance and Health Education connects students with a community of physical education professionals. The program is conducted almost entirely online.

Who should apply

Individuals who wish to improve and expand their professional teaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills and develop supervision competencies. Most students who enroll in this emphasis are typically interested in continuing their careers in public and private schools and aspire to improve their teaching effectiveness as well as to become intern teaching supervisors. Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification nor does it provide an endorsement to teach physical education for those already holding a teaching certificate.

Career opportunities

This degree, paired with Michigan Teacher Certification, prepares you to teach physical education courses at public and private schools, as well as preparing you for teacher supervision positions related to this field.

Other program benefits

  • Graduates gain increased professional teaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills and develop supervision competencies essential to become intern teaching supervisors.
  • Online coursework can be completed from anywhere with the face-to-face components completed at a college near you, with prior advisor approval.
  • Choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

State Authorization

For this Online program, the internship or field placement is optional. If you plan to complete this activity outside of the state of Michigan, you must complete the Activity Request Form at the time of enrollment for this course.

Activity Request Form

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.