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Department of Physical Education, School and Public Health

Master of Science in Health and Physical Education

When: Next Masters Cohort Begins Summer 2016

Duration of Program: 2 years and 2 summers (45 credits)


Central Washington University has offered the Health and Physical Education Masters Online Graduate Program since 2001. It is specifically designed for those individuals who are teaching in the field of Physical and Health Education who don't have the time to enroll in school full time or change their location of residence. This program has provided numerous graduates with the information and work ethic to be more effective teachers and has even had some graduates continue to become journal article and book authors as well as state and regional Teachers of the Year. Here is what some of the students say about their experience in the Master's program:
"This program helped me look at the bigger picture of what's happening in the world of physical education and health. The 2year program structure allowed for completing the degree successfully while working as a fulltime PE teacher and parent. I would highly recommend this program." 

~ Dan Persse, 2003 NBCT, 2007 WAHPERD TOY, 2008 NW District TOY, Author of "Puzzlewise," NASPE Committee Member. PE Teacher, Blaine
"I live near San Francisco, so when I was searching for a graduate program I had many excellent ones to choose from... the CWU Master's program made me a better teacher and enabled me to become a leader in my district and beyond. The instructors are passionate, knowledgeable and engaged in physical education at all levels. They are a tremendous resource for both students and graduates. If you want to take your teaching to the next level and are selfmotivated, then this is the program for you." 

~ Terri Drain, 2006 NBCT, 2007 California TOY, 2008 SW District TOY
"I engaged in extensive research prior to applying to CWU. Directors of prestigious programs unanimously expressed high regard for the CWU online program and the professors involved in this program. The degree of professor involvement was far superior at CWU. The Master's project that I chose was rigorously reviewed; the result is that I now have an ebook for sale." 

~ Sharon Bolden, 2008 Instructor, Portland Community College
"I sincerely enjoyed the CWU online program... every class was directly applicable to what I was teaching each and every day. My advice to any future or current students is to manage your time efficiently and effectively. This program does require time and effort. I enjoyed spending time with other professionals with similar situations, frustrations, and goals. We were able to create a strong bond which still exists today." 

~ Judy Beard, 2008 PE & Health Teacher, Kittitas Secondary Schools

Health and Physical Education Master's Program Cohort:

Students attend this program as a cohort, beginning together a summer two week intensive program continuing until they graduate two years later. The cohort format enhances a feeling of support and collegial relationships that continue until the culmination of the online program.


Summer Coursework

Summer 2016, 2 courses, 6 credits:

   Technology in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Program = 3 credits

   Issues in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Programs = 3 credits

Summer 2017, 2 courses, 6 credits:

   Systematic Analysis of Teaching Physical Education = 3 credits

   Graduate Research = 3 credits

School Year Coursework

   2016-2017 Fall, Winter, and Spring = 19 credits

   2017-2018 Fall, Winter, and Spring = 15 credits


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
HPE 510Issues in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Programs3
HPE 557Research Methods in Health and Physical Education4
HPE 560Statistical Applications in Health and Physical, Education4
HPE 577Physical Education Curriculum3
HPE 578Physical Education Program Promotion3
HPE 579Supervision of Teaching Physical and Health Education3
HPE 580Physical Education Grant Writing & Fundraising3
HPE 581Technology Applications in Health, Physical Education, and Sport Programs3
HPE 595Graduate Research3
HPE 599Seminar in Physical Education2
HPE 700Culminating Project/Thesis6
PE 540SocioPsychological Dimensions of Sport3
PE 560Systematic Analysis of Physical Education3
PE 561Curriculum Trends in Physical Education3

Central Washington University – Health and Physical Education Faculty:
Dr. Kirk Mathias, Professor of Physical Education
Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:
  • K12 Physical Education teacher
  • Club Soccer Coach U6U19
  • High School Soccer and Basketball Coach
  • CoDirector College Intramural
  • Director of  PESPH Program
  • Collegiate Soccer Coach
Dr. Heidi Henschel Pellett, Professor and Chair of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies Health
Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:
  • High School and College Athlete (tennis)
  • High School and Junior High School Track Coach
  • K9 Physical Education Teacher
  • Coordinator of Undergraduate Physical Education
  • Coordinator of Graduate Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education
  • Supervisor of Student Teachers
  • Cooperating Teacher in Physical Education
  • Chair of Graduate Thesis
Dr. Stefan Ward, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education and School Health
Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:
  • K5 Physical Education Teacher
  • Supervisor of Student Teachers

  • Additional Program Information:

    Summer Sessions: Each CWU Master of Science in Health and Physical Education (HPE) cohort will participate in two, four week summer sessions. The first session (during the cohort's first summer) will initiate the beginning of the program. These are designed to establish a relationship with fellow cohort members, which enhances the experience, learning and support of each HPE cohort. It also is designed to increase the technology understanding and provide applicable information to increase the likelihood of success. 

    Cost: Contact the CWU Admissions Office .

    Application: Apply directly to CWU Graduate School via their web site Application review will begin March 2, 2016. There is limited enrollment. Apply early!

    Questions: Please contact Dr. Henry Williams ( 509-963-1415) if you are interested in learning more about this degree or have questions. Be sure to check back to CWU's HEAMS Department web site for updates.