The MED in Physical Education allows current K-12 school faculty members to not only become emerging experts in the field, but to earn an advanced degree in their content area. This master’s degree will support current K-12 practitioners through a 100% online program delivery, providing opportunities for them to work full- or part-time while continuing their education.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    While this program prepares students to serve in a variety of sectors, the course content will specifically focus on two areas in the discipline: 1) Health and 2) Physical Education.

    The program consists of 10 foundational courses examining numerous aspects critical for the advancement of knowledge in health and physical education.

    Program Location


    Method of Delivery

    100% Online


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 30

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    Program Sheet [pdf]

    • PHED-6630 - Assessment and Program Evaluation in Health and Physical Education

      This course provides an opportunity for in-depth analysis of assessment and program evaluation in health and physical education. Students will gain a deeper understanding of lesson and unit assessment, the development of course-based rubrics for measuring learning outcomes, grading in health and physical education, and overall program evaluation, including curriculum and related content.

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    • PHED-6665 - Methods of Teaching K-12 Health and Physical Education

      This course provides a comprehensive overview of advanced pedagogical skills and knowledge related to teaching for student learning in health and physical education. The course develops an in-depth understanding of standards-based curriculum content and research-based effective teaching skills for K-12 programs. Content also includes the school health index, coordinated school health programs, and teaching resources for health. This course requires advanced analysis of teaching experiences, focusing efforts on effective planning, teaching, and video-based reflection of K-12 student learning outcomes.

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    • PHED-6675 - Current Issues and Trends in Health, Physical Education, and Sport

      Students will examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to health, physical education, and sport programming. In addition, the course provides opportunities to explore current and new technologies for student learning, advocate for effective curricula and related needs, and seek methods for programmatic growth and improvement.

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    • PHED-7610 - Curriculum Development in Health and Physical Education

      This course provides an in-depth examination and interpretation of curriculum, instructional models and assessment, and current program design and instructional trends in health and physical education. Students will acquire the tools necessary for developing a comprehensive health and/or physical education curriculum with an emphasis on reducing health disparities and promoting a physically active lifestyle.

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    • PHED-7614 - Organization and Administration of Health Physical Education and Sport

      This course provides an extensive review of the administrative theories and functions for quality health, physical education and physical activity programs. Students will explore the management process, including a variety of leadership and organizational roles in K-12 settings, in addition to advocating for and meeting the needs of all students.

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    • PHED-7620 - Scientific Foundations of Exercise

      This course is focused on the primary factors affecting human performance and the physiological modifications that occur during exercise. Students will explore how the body produces energy during exercise, including the modifications within the cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems throughout exercise sessions. The design of advanced training fitness programs based on scientific research will be reviewed.

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    • PHED-7626 - Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Education

      This course is designed to help students develop a working knowledge of the influences for participation in physical activity. Students will analyze the social and psychological factors contributing to the perspectives, beliefs, and practices in health and physical education. Examples include economics, education, environmental factors, social and community contexts, and access to health care, activity spaces, and educational programs.

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    • PHED-7630 - Legal Issues in Health Physical Education and Sport

      Students in this course will examine the legal system in the United States, including statutes, standards, and case studies pertaining to the fields of health, physical education, and sport. Students will explore and review laws, national/state policies, academic language, and legal foundations.

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    • PHED-7660 - Developing the Whole Child for 21st Century Learning

      This course provides an in-depth review of the principles and evidence-based practices associated with improving students’ cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. The course is focused on strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating school programs for a positive impact on individual and community health.

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    • PHED-7665 - Analysis of Research on Teaching in Health and Physical Education

      Students in this course will learn to review and analyze professional literature in health, physical education, and physical activity. Critical reasoning skills and statistical analysis of research will be a significant focus. Students will engage in scholarly discussion and writing to reflect advanced reasoning and inquiry.

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    • PHED-7670 - Comprehensive Exam

      A comprehensive final examination is administered during the final semester to all candidates seeking a Master of Education in Physical Education.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Official transcripts from all schools attended, with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher
    • 2-3 page Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • Two letters of professional recommendation (i.e. employer, faculty member)
    • Applicants must present a level 4 Five-Year Induction certificate or renewable Professional certificate in Health & Physical Education.

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here:



    Graduate Admissions

    Department of Sport Management, Wellness, & Physical Education
    Dr. Brent Heidorn

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    Having satisfied the requirements of the program, students will be able to:

    1. Develop an advanced knowledge of physical education disciplinary content and apply the content knowledge into teaching practice (Shape America Advanced Standard 1).
    2. Design and conduct appropriate learning experiences that facilitate and enhance the growth of learners (Shape America Advanced Standard 2).
    3. Demonstrate skills to further their own professional development and use their newly acquired knowledge to contribute to the physical education profession (Shape America Advanced Standard 3).