2016-17 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2016-17 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Education [PEC] M.S.Ed.

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Physical Education Department
Park Center, Room 1126
Fax: 607-753-5975


Inspire today's youth to enjoy the benefits of an active and healthy life. Be a positive role model for people of all ages. Share your love of physical activity and fitness with upcoming generations. Become a leader and advocate for constructive change in the physical education profession by studying for the M.S.Ed. in physical education at SUNY Cortland. Your graduate-level course work is informed by the highest standards, including those of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) and the New York State Learning Standards in Physical Education.

Choose from the following concentrations:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Coaching Pedagogy

Program Highlights

Beyond the graduate-level core courses in physical education, you'll explore topics that are specific to each concentration.

Adapted Physical Education  [ADPE]

This concentration offers graduate-level study in adapted physical education, instructional strategies and curriculum and measurement in adapted physical education, as well as course work in inclusive outdoor education, positive behavior management and discipline in physical education and preschool movement programs.

Coaching Pedagogy [COAP] 

This concentration provides knowledge and skills that apply to both coaching and teaching physical education with an emphasis on teaching, research methodologies and applications of current technology. This is a hybrid program that combines online and on-campus course work over three consecutive summers. Topics include lifespan motor development, digital video analysis, sport skill analysis, sports conditioning, principles of coaching, behavior in sport and inclusive coaching methods and programs.

Culminating Experience

When you select the concentration in adapted physical education, you may choose to sit for a comprehensive examination or waive the examination requirement and complete a culminating master's thesis. The concentration in coaching pedagogy requires you to sit for a comprehensive examination.

Environmental Facilities

Take advantage of SUNY Cortland's exceptional outdoor education resources for research, workshops and classes at The William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. This unique learning environment includes Camp Huntington, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system.

Career Potential

When you achieve the M.S.Ed. in physical education from SUNY Cortland, you'll be well prepared for a career as a physical education teacher or a coach or for positions that combine the two responsibilities.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
    Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. A resume, which must include the contact information for three references. One of those contacts must be a public school employee (submitted online with the application)
  4. Letter of application indicating why you are interested in the program (submitted online with the application)
  5. Documentation of initial certification in physical education within six months of starting classes.
  6. New York State mandates that all SUNY teacher preparation programs adopt college entrance assessments for admissions consideration.  Effective August 31, 2015 - anyone submitting an application for admission is required to submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Admissions Criteria

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).


Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Requirements

A. All students must take the physical education degree core of six credit hours:

B. Concentrations

Students in the M.S.Ed. program must select one of the following concentrations: Adapted Physical Education or Coaching Pedagogy. The requirements for each concentration are listed below.

C. Electives

All elective courses by advisement.

D. Culminating Experience: 3 or 6 credit hours

The culminating experience for the M.S.Ed. is specified by concentration from the following:

Adapted Physical Education Concentration [ADPE]

The purpose of this concentration is to prepare master teachers with special expertise in adapted physical education consistent with curricula that meet current New York state and national standards. These master teachers will also be prepared to assess student performance and conduct program evaluation. All electives must be approved by the coordinator of the Adapted Physical Education graduate program.

Adapted Specialty Electives

Three credit hours if PED 650 is selected as the culminating activity; six credit hours if PED 651 is selected.

Culminating Activity: 3 to 6 credit hours

  • (3 or 6 cr. hr.)
  • This is a six-credit-hour requirement that can be taken in two semesters at three credit hours each.


  • (3 cr. hr.)
  • Students who do not successfully complete PED 650 or PED 651 must register for PED 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)

Coaching Pedagogy Concentration [COAP]

The purpose of this concentration is to provide graduate students with knowledge and skills that apply especially to coaching but also to teaching physical education. Applying current technology and research methodologies to coaching and teaching is emphasized. This program is offered over three summer sessions as a residency-based online program that includes online preparation followed by in-class course work on campus.

Culminating Activity: 3 credit hours

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements for the M.S.Ed. may be determined by the Physical Education Department and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with the department’s graduate coordinator.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

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