Academic Programs

Physical Education (M.S.)

Few graduate programs in physical education combine all of the advantages available at Ithaca College. In our Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education our small classes ensure quality interactions between students and faculty. We’ve assembled a first-class team of educators who have published numerous articles in leading journals and who present regularly at national professional conferences. They’re committed to creating a comprehensive learning environment dedicated to your professional training.

So if you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider our master’s degree program, which is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and initial teaching certification in physical education. After completing the program you’ll be eligible for New York State professional certification.

For individuals who hold a teaching certificate in physical education, the master's program requires just 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, usually taken over two semesters and one summer. In order to let you match your program of study to your interests and aspirations, our program offers either a thesis or non-thesis option. For both options the curriculum includes field classes on topics such as research methods, curriculum design and analysis, and teaching strategies. You can choose from seminars on grant writing, the war on drugs, human sexuality, and contemporary topics in sport.

With all of the benefits of our master of science degree program in physical education, you will be well prepared for the career opportunities that await you, including

  • school physical education teacher

  • collegiate athletics/coaching

  • community physical education instructor

  • school district health/physical education coordinator

  • curriculum consultant