M.S. in Human Performance: Physical Education Emphasis

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The Master of Science in Human Performance, physical education emphasis, offers advanced study in physical education teaching methodologies and applications. The program is designed for those interested in preparing for leadership roles as physical educators and seeking an increased level of teacher licensure.

The fully online master’s degree is comprised of 36 total semester hours, following a suggested course outline of two courses per semester, for six consecutive semesters. The program is intended to allow students to enroll in online classes, while continuing to teach at their local school. The curriculum is designed to contain practical applications, with students providing analysis of their own curriculum and applying learned techniques to their classroom.

The master's degree program is available fully online.

Career Opportunities

The degree program is designed to prepare students for a career in the instruction of movement and fitness activities in school and non-school settings, at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Obtaining a master’s degree will open opportunities to teach at the community college and university level.

Program Requirements

  • Students seeking Mississippi AA teacher licensure must presently have an A Mississippi standard teacher licensure. An undergraduate degree in physical education or a recognized teaching field from a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited institution is required in the AA licensure program.
  • Students from surrounding states will need to check with their local Department of Education to ensure licensure will be accepted

Program Plan

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Program Contact Information

Dr. Nancy Speed - Instructor

P: (601)-266-6364 Email: Nancy.Speed@usm.edu Room: HPR 224

Last Updated: February 21, 2013