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Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies

College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Science in Health and Physical Education

When: Next Masters Cohort Begins Summer 2019

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:
"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 self-motivated, 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
 "The CWU Master’s program provided me the opportunity to network with,
 and learn from, other talented teachers in the field of physical education. 
 The program challenge me to reflect on my teaching, and provided
 learning opportunities to enhance what I do in my classes.  I completed
 my master’s feeling that my learning opportunities were worthwhile, and
 left with an extended network of PE colleagues to continue to learn from.  I
 would highly recommend this program to any physical education teacher!"
 ~Sara Russell, 2009, PE & Health Teacher, Maple Valley, WA
 2011 Nationally Board Certified, 2014 SHAPE Washington HS PE Teacher of the Year, 2015 Northwest District HS PE Teacher of the Year, 2016 SHAPE America National HS PE Teacher of the Year

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 2018, 2 courses, 6 credits (Online):

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

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

Summer 2018, 2 courses, 6 credits (Online):

   Systematic Analysis of Teaching Physical Education = 3 credits

   Graduate Research = 3 credits

School Year Coursework

   2018-2019 Fall, Winter, and Spring = 19 credits

   2019-2020 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 540Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Sport3
PE 560Systematic Analysis of Physical Education3
PE 561Curriculum Trends in Physical Education3
Additional Program Information:
  • Summer Sessions: Each CWU Master of Science in Health and Physical Education (HPE) cohort will enroll in 2 summer sessions online. Typical credit load per summer is between 6-7 credits.

    Cost: Contact the CWU Admissions Office .

    Application: Apply directly to CWU Graduate School via their web site Application review will end April 1, 2019. There is limited enrollment. Apply early!

    Questions: Please contact Dr. Mark Perez ( 509-963-1919) if you are interested in learning more about this degree or have questions. Be sure to check back to CWU's PESHMS Department web site for updates.



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