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Master of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education Online

Strengthen your expertise with adaptive physical education techniques. Learn to incorporate physical activity as an innovative learning tool in and outside the classroom.

10/05/20 Next Application Due Date
10/19/20 Next Class Start Date


Revitalize the health and well-being of students with the present-day instructional and coaching techniques you will gain in the Master of Science in Health and Physical Education online program. Rise to the top of your field and gain the advanced qualifications you need to stand out as an innovative athletic and academic instructor in public schools and collegiate settings.

$10,500 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

The MSEd. in Health and Physical Education online program is taught by award-winning faculty as well as former and current SHAPE America board members. This master's online program prepares you to make a deeper impact in students' individual and collective health and academic growth by offering present-day instructional practices that combine physical activity with curriculum learning and health models backed by the latest research. Learn from expert faculty who hold the highest degree in their fields and share a passion for transforming student lives through innovative curriculum and physical activity. A teaching license is not required for admission into this online graduate program.

As part of the master's in health coursework, you will study contemporary teaching approaches pertaining to health, physical education and recreation; delve into the role of adaptive P.E. as a way to differentiate instruction among students with diverse needs; learn to develop and implement a comprehensive school health program from the ground up—and much more.

Plus, with the integrated curriculum, you can complete your thesis/research project throughout your courses and earn your master's degree in as few as 12 months. As a graduate of this master of science in education program, you will have grown your capabilities as a teacher, coach and leader, gained the tools to enhance your teaching via adaptive physical education practices and earned the degree qualifications that warrant possible pay increases in your role as an educator. This program does not lead directly to any licensure or certification.

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

Graduates of this master's in health and physical education online program will be able to:

  • Develop basic knowledge and skills in conducting research and in interpreting, reporting and applying the results of research
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in an area of interest
  • Acquire skills and principles used to administer a program successfully
  • Explain the role of the discipline in education and in society
  • Discuss trends, issues and problems associated with the discipline and suggest solutions to problems
  • Develop as a self-directed, lifelong learner who can effectively communicate with and motivate individuals for wellness- and movement-related activities
  • Facilitate and/or collaborate successfully with others in authentic conditions
  • Develop, adopt, practice and promote ethical behaviors for themselves and others
  • Become a "master professional"

Career opportunities include:

  • K-12 Physical Education Teacher
  • K-12 Adaptive Physical Education Teacher/Specialist
  • District Athletic Coach/Assistant Coach
  • Collegiate Coach/Assistant Coach
  • Professional or Collegiate Sports Manager
  • Sports Marketer

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Tuition and Fees

Our MSEd. in Health and Physical Education online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$350 Per Credit Hour
$10,500 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MSEd. in Health and Physical Education $350 $1,050 $10,500

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019).


Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

10/05/20 Next Application Deadline
10/19/20 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/19/20 08/07/20 08/11/20 08/12/20 08/14/20 10/09/20
Fall 2 10/19/20 10/05/20 10/09/20 10/12/20 10/14/20 12/11/20
Spring 1 01/13/21 01/04/21 01/05/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 03/05/21

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At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MSEd. in Health and Physical Education online program, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution
  • Documentation of ONE of the following:
    • GPA of 2.75 or higher on the undergraduate transcript
    • Two years of documented work experience in a faculty-approved recreation setting
    • Combined GRE score of 280 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections
    • GRE score of 3.5 or higher on the writing assessment OR enrolling in a 1 credit hour Online Research Report Writing class in the first semester at Northwest
    • National Board Certification

If you are a non-Missouri student, you should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state.

Official transcripts can be emailed to To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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For the MSEd. in Health and Physical Education online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to impart a knowledge of, and sensitivity to, issues which foster potential prejudices and discrimination. These issues will include race, national origin, sexism, religion, handicaps (physical and mental), economic position and others. Methodology in humanizing the curriculum, sensitivity issues, historical perspectives, and means by which dehumanizing biases may be recognized in instructional materials shall also be included in the content of this course. Prerequisite: junior classification.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will begin with a review of current research on the role of quality feedback in the improvement of achievement and performance. Students will analyze student work and practice providing descriptive feedback. The role of performance feedback in the improvement of instructional practice will be reviewed and students will practice providing feedback through peer review. Finally, students will review literature on the development of effective goal setting resulting in the creation of goals that align with the feedback provided on student work and peer review.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Acquaints students with the vocabulary, concept and practices in the study of grants administration and management. Enables practicing the skills necessary in obtaining outside funding and provides awareness of the individual roles and agencies within public funding.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give students a basic understanding of their legal responsibilities as teachers, coaches, trainers and recreation professionals to provide a safe environment for those they serve and to develop an understanding of the law and how it may apply to the rights of students, special populations, women and coworkers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to present-day methods and techniques of research, applicable to the fields of health, physical education and recreation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic foundation of data analysis covering descriptive and inferential statistics and how to use these to improve practice and research and to appropriately assess findings. Covers both parametric and nonparametric applications to the health, physical education, recreation and dance fields.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles and procedures in the development of curriculum in health and physical education with emphasis on the teaching situation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of general and specific problems pertaining to the handicapped student; emphasis on current research and use of therapeutic measures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Considers techniques and strategies for instructional improvement for a variety of settings, including formal school settings and other educational and informational settings. Students will become familiar with systematic observation analysis instruments, procedures and techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Organizing health instruction, development and appraisal of materials and use of active/authentic instructional strategies for grades 9-12. Provides a framework for the development and implementation of a comprehensive school health program.

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