Master of Science in Physical Education (Also Online)

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The Master of Science in Physical Education equips candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to instruct physical education, administrate athletic programs, and coach at the K-12, junior college, and four-year university levels. The goal of this academic program is to develop candidates’ awareness of the process involved in effecting change in the lives of people they will serve. This is achieved through the mastery of professional skills and knowledge and the integration of teaching, coaching, and administrative techniques and strategies.

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Physical Education program at Azusa Pacific University comprises a Christian community of scholarly believers who seek to advance the work of God in schools of all levels by effectively training physical educators, coaches, athletic administrators, and exercise science professionals in knowledge and skills through academic excellence and a Christian perspective of truth and life.

This program is offered at the following locations:

  • Azusa
  • Online

Prerequisites

  • Twelve semester units of undergraduate coursework in education, or a baccalaureate degree or concentration in physical education.
  • For each year of verified, full-time teaching or coaching experience, 3 units of prerequisites may be waived.
  • Students pursuing a teaching credential should refer to the Division of Teacher Education prior to applying to the physical education program.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Physical Education1

Core Courses12
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
History and Philosophy of Physical Education
Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport
Research Project Component3
Assessment, Technology and Evaluation in Physical Education 2, 3
Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 2, 3
Content Courses21
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Sports Medicine
Athletics and the Law
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
Sport Psychology
Wellness and Fitness for Life
Approved transfer units3-6
Total Units36
1

Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.0 (C) in any PE core or elective course.

2

Students must earn a “credit” in PE 584 and 3.0 (B) or better in PE 589.

3

PE 584 and PE 589 must be completed consecutively, during the final two terms of the program, after all other coursework is fulfilled.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Sport Management1

Core Courses9
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
History and Philosophy of Physical Education
Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport
Research Project Component6
Assessment, Technology, and Evaluation in Physical Education 2, 3
Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 2, 3
Content Courses21
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Facility and Event Management
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management 4
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management (PE 559 Foundations in Sport Management (needs approval)) 4
Sport Finance
Athletics and the Law
Foundations of Sport Management
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Total Units36
1

Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.0 (C) in any PE core or elective course.

2

Students must earn a “credit” in PE 584 and 3.0 (B) or better in PE 589. 

3

PE 584 and PE 589 must be completed consecutively, after all other GPE and sport management coursework is fulfilled. 

4

PE 557A and PE 557B must be completed consecutively, after all other sport management content coursework is fulfilled. May be completed concurrently with PE 584 and PE 589.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Physical Education (Online)1

Core Courses12
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
History and Philosophy of Physical Education
Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport
Research Project Component3
Assessment, Technology and Evaluation in Physical Education 2, 3
Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 2, 3
Content Courses21
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Sports Medicine
Athletics and the Law
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
Sport Psychology
Wellness and Fitness for Life
Approved transfer units3-6
Total Units36
1

Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.0 (C) in any PE core or elective course.

2

Students must earn a “credit” in PE 584 and 3.0 (B) or better in PE 589.

3

PE 584 and PE 589 must be completed consecutively, during the final two terms of the program, after all other coursework is fulfilled.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Sport Management (Online)1

Core Courses9
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
History and Philosophy of Physical Education
Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport
Research Project6
Assessment, Technology, and Evaluation in Physical Education 2, 3
Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 2, 3
Content Courses21
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Facility and Event Management
Athletics and the Law
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management 4
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management 4
Sport Finance
Foundations of Sport Management
Total Units36
1

Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.0 (C) in any PE core or elective course.

2

Students must earn a “credit” in PE 584 and 3.0 (B) or better in PE 589

3

PE 584 and PE 589 must be completed consecutively, after all other GPE and sport management coursework is fulfilled.

4

PE 557A and PE 557B must be completed consecutively, after all other sport management content coursework is fulfilled. May be completed concurrently with PE 584 and PE 589.

PE 509, Special Topics in Physical Education, 3 Units

Students study specific current topics, trends, technologies, or innovative programs in the field of physical education and sport. The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of issues related to new problems or new possibilities for improving and enhancing teaching and learning within the field of physical education and sport.

PE 551, Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education, 3 Units

This course offers a practical study of physical education and athletic programs in the K-12 and collegiate setting including the following: a) philosophy, principles, policies, and procedures, and; b) design, management, and implementation in relation to the State Frameworks and Standards. Special emphasis of the course is on the application of a variety of research and instructional strategies in designing a physical education/athletic curriculum at a chosen educational level.

PE 552, History and Philosophy of Physical Education, 3 Units

This course is designed to explore both the historical and philosophical roots of the discipline. Particular attention is given to the time frame of the Antebellum Period to the present day structure of the profession. Philosophy fashions physical education and sport, thus a strong emphasis of different philosophies and their impact on the discipline are examined.

PE 555, Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport, 3 Units

This course pursues a study of the evolution of sports and its role in American culture. Course topics include sports as a social phenomenon in American culture and ethical issues within the sporting context, including moral reasoning, moral obligation, and fair play in sport. Class topics assist students in evaluating and reinforcing their personal morals, values, and principles as they relate to their professional field.

PE 556, Facility and Event Management, 3 Units

This course will present students with an overview of the design, operations and management of sports facilities and associated special events (both traditional and non-traditional). This course will also provide students with an understanding of managing sports facilities for the community, high school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels. Traditional events, non-traditional events, and extreme sports events will be viewed and analyzed.

PE 557A, Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management, 2 Units

This fieldwork course enables students to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a practical setting. The sport industry is one that is a hands-on, applied industry. As such, one of the most crucial dimensions of any successful sport management degree program is its associated practical/experiential learning opportunities.The goal of the APU Sport Management internship course is to provide students with pre-professional, practical experience within a sport management setting. Students will learn under the direction and supervision of an approved sport management professional. Each units requires 33.3 clock hours of internship experience. This course requires students to complete 100 internship hours in a managed sport setting.

Prerequisites: Completion of all other MS in Physical Education/ sport management and integrated leadership coursework except for PE 584 and PE 589 which can be completed concurrently.

PE 557B, Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management, 1 Unit

This fieldwork course enables students to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a practical setting. The sport industry is one that is a hands-on, applied industry. As such, one of the most crucial dimensions of any successful sport management degree program is its associated practical/experiential learning opportunities.The goal of the APU Sport Management internship course is to provide students with pre-professional, practical experience within a sport management setting. Students will learn under the direction and supervision of an approved sport management professional. Each units requires 33.3 clock hours of internship experience. This course requires students to complete 100 internship hours in a managed sport setting.

PE 558, Sport Finance, 3 Units

This course is a survey examination of principles of economics, budgeting, and finance as it applies to the sport industry.

PE 560, Sports Medicine, 3 Units

This course is designed for physical educators and coaches to examine sports injuries and accidents and become competent in prevention, assessment, treatment, and basic rehabilitation techniques.

PE 565, Athletics and the Law, 3 Units

This course includes current legal issues confronting the sport industry and enables coaches, athletic directors, fitness experts, and physical educators to develop risk-management strategies that will assist them in setting guidelines, policies, plans, and procedures.

PE 570, Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs, 3 Units

This course includes a discussion of management theories, philosophy, program development, operations, budgeting, fundraising, personnel, and staff development for the administration of physical education and athletic programs. Students identify and analyze problems unique to the physical education and athletic professions and implement realistic, objective, and workable action plans.

PE 572, Foundations of Sport Management, 3 Units

This course is an overview of multiple areas relating to sport management. This includes: 1) careers and professional perspective; 2) history of sport management; 3) concepts of communication, leadership and management; 4) athletic governance in the K-12, Jr College/ College and University setting; 5) community, youth and professional sport management; and, 6) marketing and sport tourism.

PE 575, Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning, 3 Units

This course is designed for physical educators, coaches, athletic trainers, and fitness experts to understand and apply the concepts of cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength, flexibility, nutrition, and body weight as it relates to physical education and athletics.

PE 578, Sport Psychology, 3 Units

This course allows the student to examine psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. The student is introduced to a broad overview of the major topics in the area with opportunity for research, writing, application, and reflection.

PE 580, Wellness and Fitness for Life, 3 Units

This course is designed for the candidate to understand, practice, and teach the physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, environmental, social, and spiritual components of health and wellness.

PE 582, Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport, 3 Units

This course pursues a study of literature in physical education and sport and includes various topics and current issues related to the changing profession. The student learns to access APU's online library to retrieve reputable sources in physical education and sport and to research and write using APA standards. The student also engages in critical thinking and reflection exercises with application to physical education and sport.

PE 584, Assessment, Technology, and Evaluation in Physical Education, 3 Units

This course gives physical education and exercise science practitioners theoretical and practical knowledge in assessment, technology, and evaluation techniques. Assessment tools are introduced and practiced, including basic statistical concepts, computer/technology applications, and validity/reliability theories. This course allows each student to master and apply the essential content, principles, and concepts necessary to become an effective evaluator in physical education and exercise science. Students complete chapters 1-3 in PE 584, and chapters 4-5 and capstone defense in PE 589. Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or better, and may not earn lower than a C (2.0) in any PE core or content course. The student must earn a score of "credit" in PE 584 and a B (3.0) in PE 589. PE 584 is the

prerequisite course to PE 589 (Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone).

PE 589, Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone, 3 Units

This advanced course enables physical educators to become more informed consumers and designers of educational research with the planning and implementation of classroom or site-based inquiry. Through integrated research activities, educators, coaches, and exercise science professionals locate, value, select, and appropriately apply educational research. A variety of descriptive data, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods of data gathering, are analyzed resulting in an extensive research project.

PE 597, Structural Kinesiology, 3 Units

This course introduces students to structural kinesiology through an explanation of human movement and human anatomy. Fundamentals of body mechanics are coupled with kinesiological principles for the detection and correction of basic neuromusculoskeletal anomalies.

PE 598, Motor Learning, Development, and Control, 3 Units

This course includes discussion of the relationship between motor development and motor learning and provides a framework for establishing programs that facilitate skill acquisition for learners of all ages. It includes an examination of the development of movement skill in humans from infancy to older adulthood and how differing motor, cognitive, and social abilities affect the learning process of motor skills.

PE 599, Readings in Physical Education, 1-3 Units

This course is an independent study, arranged with a faculty member of the physical education staff.

PE 600, Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities, 3 Units

This course is designed to teach the techniques for the development and implementation of a physical education program for individuals with mild-to-moderate disabilities. Such disabilities include minor-to-moderate health impairments, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances. Observation of one mild/moderate adapted physical education class is included.

Prerequisite: PE 452

PE 602, Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Severe-to-Profound Disabilities, 3 Units

This course is designed to teach the techniques for the development and implementation of a physical education program for individuals with severe-to-profound disabilities. Such disabilities include severe-to-profound health impairments, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances. Observation of one severe/profound adapted physical education class is included.

Prerequisite: PE 452

PE 604, Motor Assessment for Students Living with Disabilities, 3 Units

This course is designed to teach the techniques for the evaluation and diagnosis of current motor ability levels for individuals with disabilities. Included are assessment methods and development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP) in accordance with state physical education standards.

Prerequisites: PE 600, PE 602; Anatomy and Physiology

PE 605, Management of Adapted Physical Education Programs, 3 Units

This course prepares the adapted physical education specialist to manage the APE Program. This includes modifying traditional PE curricula, performing in-services with the use of technology, understanding service delivery models, understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and collaborating with other direct service providers.

Prerequisite: PE 452

PE 606A, Field Experience in Adapted Physical Education, 1 Unit

This is the first fieldwork course for adapted physical education authorization candidates, and is for students who hold a current teaching credential. The course includes 35 hours of supervised practice in teaching individuals with disabilities in small to large groups in public or private agencies or schools.

Prerequisites: PE 600, PE 602, PE 604 and PE 605

PE 606B, Field Experience in Adapted Physical Education, 2 Units

This is the second field experience course for adapted physical education authorization candidates, and is for students who hold a current teaching credential. The course includes 35 hours of supervised practice in teaching individuals with disabilities in small to large groups in public or private agencies or schools.

Prerequisites: PE 600, PE 602, PE 604, and PE 605