What You’ll Learn
Core classes focus on the background, theory, and design of physical education and athletic programs, while content courses delve into strategies and theories that drive the field. Students gain practical tools for solving challenges and can immediately apply classroom learning to their professional experiences.
In preparation for the capstone course, candidates examine different assessment techniques, technology applications, and evaluation methods in physical education. Students in the final course then apply their newly acquired skills through an extensive research project on a topic in physical education, coaching, athletic training, or exercise science.
Students progress through the program with the same group of peers, allowing for a social learning environment that encourages engagement and collaboration. Graduates leave the program equipped with a keen understanding of physical education and athletic programs as they relate to the educational needs of students.
Online Program Format
The dynamic format of the Online M.S. in Physical Education offers students the flexibility of taking courses wherever and whenever it works for them. For many, the online format is the most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.
Students also benefit from online courses designed to maximize their interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community. Expand your network as you study alongside a group of peers from diverse regions and backgrounds in physical education, athletics, and exercise science.
Building on the strengths of the online learning environment, candidates are uniquely positioned to understand the growing impact technology has on the physical education and athletic fields.
Emphasis in Sport Management and Integrated Leadership
Azusa Pacific’s M.S. in Physical Education program also offers an emphasis in Sport Management and Integrated Leadership, designed for those seeking entry or advancement in the growing field of sport management. Candidates explore a range of topics relevant to the industry, including the sociology of sport, legal issues in athletics, and facility and event management. Further coursework in leadership theory and physical education is enhanced by an internship experience in a sport management setting.
Candidates who select this program option have varied course requirements.
Azusa Pacific graduates enjoy a reputation as comprehensively prepared professionals who bring fresh perspective to their workplaces. Many physical education students move into leadership roles after starting or completing their degree program.
The physical education degree program prepares candidates to advance their careers, increase their marketability, and gain opportunities in a range of positions connected to physical education, athletics, and exercise science. Enrolled students and recent graduates include:
- K–12 physical education teachers and coaches
- Athletic directors and sports managers
- University/college coaches and physical educators
- Elementary teachers desiring to incorporate a strong physical education component into their curriculum
- Secondary teachers with an interest in teaching physical education or coaching
- Entrepreneurs in the field of sport and fitness training
- Those preparing for further studies at the doctoral level
Those who earn their master’s degree with an emphasis in Sport Management and Integrated Leadership also find management, administration, and teaching opportunities in a variety of areas, including:
- Athletic programs
- Community sport programs
- Health and fitness clubs
- K–12 schools, junior colleges, and universities
- National or local sport governing bodies
- Olympic-level training settings
- Professional sport franchises
- Sport entrepreneurship
- Sport facilities