Physical Education—Pedagogy Concentration


Sports Education Camp featuring Michigan Blind Athletic Association

Admissions requirements

Admission to this program is currently suspended.


  • "The professors are always available when you need them and will go the extra mile to make sure their students have what they need to be successful."Lindsey Tocco, Alumna

Program overview

This program is offered online.

The Master of Arts in physical education with an emphasis in pedagogy is designed for those 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. The pedagogy concentration program is offered through Western Michigan University's Department of Human Performance and Health Education.

Please take note that this program will not lead to the physical education endorsement. People who complete the program will not be eligible to add the physical education endorsement to an initial or existing teaching certificate.

Why pedagogy at Western Michigan University?

  • 100% of WMU physical education graduate students were employed or continuing education within three months of graduation

  • The WMU teacher education unit is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)..


  • Unless otherwise noted all classes are three credit hours.

    Research cognate (six credit hours)

    • HPHE 6900—Research Procedures in Human Performance and Health Education
    • HPHE 6920—Analytic Techniques in Human Performance and Health Education

    Emphasis core (18 Credit Hours)

    • HPHE 6400—Instructional Materials in Physical Education
    • HPHE 6410—Teaching and Supervision Skills in Physical Education
    • HPHE 6420—Human Growth and Motor Development
    • HPHE 6430—Physical Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning
    • HPHE 6440—Program Evaluation in Sport and Physical Education
    • HPHE 6450—Curriculum Development in Human Performance and Health Education

    Electives (six credit hours)

    • HPHE 5980—Readings in Human Performance and Health Education
    • HPHE 6210—Physical Activities for Exceptional Children
    • HPHE 6310—Skill Acquisition and Human Performance
    • HPHE 6350—Principles and Practices of Effective Coaching
    • HPHE 6480—Advanced Studies in Motor Development
    • HPHE 6910—Psychological Preparation and Mental Training for Sport and Physical Activity
    • HPHE 6930—Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
    • HPHE 6940—Technology in Human Performance and Health Education

    Capstone experience (six credit hours)

    Non-thesis option:

    • HPHE 7100—Independent Research
    • HPHE 7120—Professional Field Experience

    Thesis option:

    • HPHE 7000—Thesis (six credits)

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