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Physical Education Master Teacher, MAE

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Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Grad EducationThe Master of Arts in Education in Physical Education Master Teacher is a 36 credit hour online program designed for teachers who prefer a broader understanding of pedagogical practices and a greater skillfulness in delivery of instruction including the ability to gather and use data to assess student learning and revise or design curriculum.

Two tracks to meet your goals:

  1. Pedagogy Emphasis
  2. Special Populations Emphasis

The Pedagogy Emphasis provides graduates with advanced knowledge and competence in the teaching of physical education in elementary to post-secondary school settings.

The Special Populations Emphasis provides graduates with advanced knowledge and competence in providing physical education to students with disabilities and leads to the endorsement in Adapted Physical Education issued by the Nebraska Department of Education.

   

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is also accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Nebraska Department of Education

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Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$269.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$308.00
3 credit hour$807.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$924.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$393.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$432.00
3 credit hour$1,179.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$1,296.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $4.00 records fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The online Physical Education Master Teacher program is a 36 credit hour degree program. Teachers may choose from either the Pedagogy Emphasis or the Special Populations Emphasis. (Please see the Overview tab for a description of these options.)

Pedagogy Emphasis:

Professional Requirements 27 credit hours TE 800, PE 800, 828P, 831P, 841P, 861, 871 and 875; choose PE 845 or 877.
Electives  9 credit hours Choose from: CSP 805, EDAD 956, 899P, PE 801P, 802P, 806, 821, 822P, 845, 863, 872, 873, 874, 896; TE 817P.  

 

Special Populations Emphasis:

Professional Requirements  36 credit hours TE 800, PE 800, 831P, 870, 871, 872, 873, 874, 875, TESE 821P, 867; choose from PE 845 or 877.
  
Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Philosophy of PE Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

PE 800
3
Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.

Secondary School Physical Education

PE 828P
3

Curriculum organization and techniques of teaching physical education in the secondary school.

Curriculum Design in Physical Education

PE 831P
3

This course will focus on the critical study of the value orientations, principles, problems and procedures involved in the construction of a physical education program. Application of curriculum models will be practiced upon curricular materials as specific courses of study are constructed for instruction in teaching situations.

Physical Education for Elementary Schools

PE 841P
3

Curriculum organization, methods and techniques for developing elementary school physical education curriculum.

Motor Development

PE 845
3

The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.

Physiology of Exercise

PE 861
3
Physiological processes of body as pertain to physical activity. How trained and untrained individuals differ, and importance of training.

Physical Education for Students with Disabilities

PE 871
3

Survey of prevalent disabilities which affect motor performance of school-age students. Special consideration is given to techniques accommodating students with disabilities in physical education classes.

Physical Education for Students with...

PE 872
3

Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Training is provided in the processes of motor development and motor learning of developmentally disabled school-age students. Course content will include implications of physical education for students who are mentally retarded, behavior disordered, learning disabled and cerebral palsied as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.

Physical Education for Persons with Severe...

PE 873
3

Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities

Training is provided in the etiology, pathology and characteristics of chronic and permanent disabilities. Course content includes implications of physical education for students who are sensory impaired, orthopedically handicapped, health impaired and severely/profoundly multi-handicapped as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.

Seminar and Practicum in Adapted Physical...

PE 874
3

Seminar and Practicum in Adapted Physical Education

Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.

Analysis of Physical Education Teaching

PE 875
3

Course will assist student in developing theoretical and practical understanding of the role of physical educator in an educational setting.

Motor Learning

PE 877
3

Exploration of basic considerations in motor skill acquisition. Factors affecting learning of skills, how learning process can be manipulated to help ensure efficient learning. Class will have traditional and laboratory components.

Educational Research

TE 800
3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Nature and Needs of Exceptionalities

TESE 821P
3
This introductory course surveys the various disability areas in the field of special education and associated educational implications. Major influences from litigation and legislation are discussed along with contemporary issues and trends in special education and gifted education.

Applied and Functional Behavior Analysis

TESE 867
3

This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.

Elective Courses

Child and Adolescent Development and...

CSP 805
3

Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions

This course provides an opportunity for persons in helping professions to better understand children and adolescents by exploring factors that contribute to their development. An ecological perspective will be taken to study behavior to include biological, cognitive, affective, and social influences. Specific childhood disorders will be examined, focusing on etiology, behavioral characteristics, and treatment/intervention.

School/Community Relations

EDAD 956
3
This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.

Special Topics

EDAD 899P
3
A course designed to enable administrators to become knowledgeable of recent trends and issues in school management, finance, or other concerns affecting the administration of the public schools.

Psychology of Sport

PE 801P
3

Study of psychological principles and theories as applied to physical education and athletics. Motor learning, motivation, personality, roles of participants, coaches and spectators will be among topics discussed.

Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation and Leisure

PE 802
3

Presents historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and leisure has evolved.

Seminar: Physical Education

PE 806
1-3

Philosophies of physical education, current issues and trends, and methods of dealing with problems in the field. The course will deal with all levels from elementary school through college and graduate study.

Administrative Problems in Physical Education

PE 821
3

Study of organization and administration of physical education programs in secondary schools. This will help prepare students to organize and develop a program in public schools.

Facilities for Sports and Recreation

PE 822P
3

Principles for planning indoor and outdoor facilities, materials, standards, programs, liability, and maintenance will be discussed. Visits to modern facilities will be arranged.

Motor Development

PE 845
3

The ways in which infants and children assimilate and interpret sensory stimuli and the resultant effects on learning.

Health Safety Elementary School

PE 863
3

Curriculum development, teaching methods and selection of learning materials for health instruction in the elementary school.

Physical Education for Students with...

PE 872
3

Physical Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Training is provided in the processes of motor development and motor learning of developmentally disabled school-age students. Course content will include implications of physical education for students who are mentally retarded, behavior disordered, learning disabled and cerebral palsied as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.

Physical Education for Persons with Severe...

PE 873
3

Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities

Training is provided in the etiology, pathology and characteristics of chronic and permanent disabilities. Course content includes implications of physical education for students who are sensory impaired, orthopedically handicapped, health impaired and severely/profoundly multi-handicapped as well as relevant assessment procedures for these disabilities.

Seminar and Practicum in Adapted Physical...

PE 874
3

Seminar and Practicum in Adapted Physical Education

Designed to discuss current topics of adapted physical education. Students are provided an opportunity to apply knowledge through participation in supervised practicum activities.

Thesis

PE 896
3-6

Teacher Development: Basic Instructional Theory...

TE 817P
2-3

Teacher Development: Basic Instructional Theory into Practice

Based on the work of Dr. Madeline Hunter, this course translates instructional theory into action. It will assist teachers as they expand their competency in teaching to an objective, selecting objectives that are appropriate to individual students, monitoring learning, and adjusting instruction and teaching for retention and transfer.

Megan Adkins PhD, Assistant Professor

Edgar Scantling PhD, Dean of College of Education

Todd Bartee PhD, Professor

Gregory Brown PhD, Professor

Kate Heelan PhD, Professor

Nita Unruh Ed D, Chair, Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission

Application Checklist

1. Submit online application to Graduate Admissions at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

2. Include the non-refundable application fee

3. Request official transcripts from all college/universities attended.  Transcripts should be sent to: 

Graduate Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
2504 9th Avenue, FDHL Room 2131
Kearney, NE  68849

Within the online graduate application the applicant will:

  • Submit official GRE scores and upload a professional biography (guidelines are listed in the online application).
  • Once application, application fee and transcripts are received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward applicant’s file to the department for review.
  • Once review is complete, the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office of their recommendation. Official notification of admission will be sent to the applicant from the Graduate Admissions Office via mail.  Students may view the receipt of materials via their To-Do list and also the status of their application via the Student Center in their MyBlue account.

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Sessions March 15

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name:
 Dr. Nita Unruh
Phone: 308.865.8335
E-mail: unruhnc@unk.edu

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Name:
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520
E-mail: unkveterans@unk.edu

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