logo for page printing

Elementary Physical Education

The Master of Education, Option in Elementary Physical Education is designed to prepare Master Teachers in elementary physical education. Students will be exposed to scientific and applied research-based study in physical education pedagogy. The master’s option in elementary physical education focuses on the study of processes, that influence teaching, motor skill learning, and performance. Research emphases include developmental foundations of motor skill learning with application to physical education and sport setting, and the curricular and instructional processes, which influence the acquisition of motor skills. The developmental foundation area focuses on the cognitive, social, and growth factors that influence motor skill learning. Major emphasis in this program is placed on course work in the teaching area. The master’s degree requires 39 hours of graduate level course work with 9 credits in the foundation core, 18 credits in a professional core, and 12 credits in the specialized area. Students seeking admission into the Master of Education, Option in Elementary Physical Education or Secondary Education curriculum must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale), submit three letters of recommendation, hold South Carolina initial teacher certification in physical education, and successfully complete an admissions interview. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while enrolled in the program. In order to graduate from the program, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale) and at least a “C” grade in each specialized course.


Foundation Core (All three courses must be completed)
ED500Introduction to Data Analysis3
ED501Understanding Educational Research3
ED545Learning Theories for Teachers3
Professional Core (15 hours of the following approved by advisor)
ED523Curriculum Development in the Elementary School3
ED528Advanced Methods of Teaching3
ED530Instructional Technology3
ED602Research Project3
RED516Advanced Teaching of Language Arts in the Elementary School3
Specialized Core (All three courses must be completed)
PE502Curriculum Planning and Development for Early Childnood Elementary Health & Physical Education3
PE503Leadership Issues and Trends in PE & Sport3
PE507Measurement & Tech. Applications in PE3
The Specialized Electives (3 hours of the following approved by advisor)
PE501Curriculum and Supervision in Physical Education3
PE505Administration in Physical Education & Sport3
PE510Scientific Principles of Physical Education3
PE512Principles of Motor Learning & Motor Performance3
PE514Principles and Admin. of Wellness Programs3
PE516Developmental & Adapted Physical Education3
PE602Research Project3