2019-20 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2019-20 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Education [PHE] M.S.T.

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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 Master of Science for Teachers 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 tracks:

  • MST Physical Education Initial Certificate (not previously certified)
  • MST Physical Education Certificate (previously certified in another subject area)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and design strategies and interventions that support student learning.  They assume leadership roles by engaging in professional activities such as presenting at workshops, sharing data with colleagues, and contributing to school improvement and renewal.                                           
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the school, family, and community contexts in which they work. They collaborate with the professional community to create meaningful learning experiences for all students.                                                                                               
  3. Develop expertise in certain aspects of professional and pedagogical knowledge based on their research and experiences.  They are able to analyze education research and policies and can explain the implications for their own practice and the profession.                                                                  
  4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding for the major concepts and theories related to assessing student learning and regularly apply these in their practice.  They analyze student, classroom, and school performance data and make data driven decisions about strategies for teaching and learning so that all students learn.

Program Highlights

The Master of Science for Teachers in Physical Education program is designed for those who do not possess a teaching certificate in physical education. Beyond the graduate-level core courses in physical education, you'll explore topics that provide the knowledge and skills that integrate physical education theory with hands-on practice.  Join our winning team by becoming a part of one of the best and most highly regarded physical education programs in the nation.

Culminating Experience

Students sit for a comprehensive examination to complete a culminating master's thesis. Those in MST Physical Education Initial Certificate program will student teach for one semester after their comprehensive exam.

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 Master of Science for Teachers in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, you'll be well prepared for employment in K-12 physical education programs in the state of New York and throughout the nation.

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.

Additional Coursework

Students must have completed, as graduates or undergraduates, the following prior to the culminating activity:

  • A total of 20 credit hours of physical education content work across undergraduate courses
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop

Prerequisite Requirements

  • BIO 301 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 302 Anatomy & Physiology II

Undergraduate coursework (may be taken concurrently with graduate work):

  • EXS 380 Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)

Activity courses (may be taken concurrently with graduate work):

  • PED 180 Team Sport Methods (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 189 Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 253 Inclusive Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 257 Lifetime Activities in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 282 Health-Related Physical Fitness (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 283 Racquet Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 381 Sport Models in Physical Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 384 Self-Defense (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 385 Gymnastic Activities for School Settings (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 388 Rhythms and Dance (1 cr. hr.)

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. 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).
  6. If applicable, documentation of initial certification within six months of starting classes.

Admissions Criteria

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE score of 275 (minimum) or MAT score of 375
  • Successful completion of the edTPA or PRAXIS
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Initial teaching certificate if in Track B


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

Physical Education Degree Core: 6 credit hours

Additional Requirements

First Aid and CPR/AED Certification

Total Credit Hours for Track A: 55

Total Credit Hours for Track B: 43

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