Health & Physical Education


Master of Education (MEd)
Credits tooltip-icon

46 MEd no PA certification

Avg. Completion Time

2-3 years (full-time)

Delivery Method tooltip-icon

Online

Why Earn an MEd in Health & Physical Education Through Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

This online MEd in Health & Physical Education program is designed to equip graduate students with sound pedagogy that reflects a biblical worldview so they can improve their skills and build knowledge to work in both public and private educational settings in health, physical education and adapted physical education with community and ministry sport organizations.

The MEd program offers students the flexibility of directing their educational goals:

  • MEd with no PA certification
  • MEd with PA Instructional certification
  • MEd with adapted physical education, which can lead to a national certification in adapted physical education upon completion of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) exam.

The Master of Education in Health & Physical Education program offers students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to further develop as a professional in their field. The program is designed to fulfill the professional competencies of the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding Health and Physical Education programs that meet Pennsylvania state requirements, the National Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) and Adapted Physical Education standards (APENS). Coursework is offered in an online format that incorporates research in health, physical education and sport, as well as field placement opportunities within the student’s community.

A Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Health & Physical Education is available. Find out more.

Course Length

8 weeks, a few courses are 16 weeks

Residency Requirement tooltip-icon

There is no residency requirement. To help build community, students have the opportunity to participate in a weekly 30- to 60-minute Zoom session with their professor and fellow students.

Capstone Requirement

A research thesis for Health & Physical Education and 2oo hours of apprenticeship for Adapted Physical Education

Transfer Agreement

Transfer in up to 9 graduate level credits with a grade of B or higher.

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Program Plan

MEd - Health & Physical Education (46 Credits)

Bible & Theology Courses 4 Credits

Edu Core Courses 9 Credits

Health & Physical Edu Core Courses 21 Credits

Health & Physical Edu Track 12 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

See below for pathway options for certification.

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Career Paths

The MEd in Health & Physical Education will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Earn your initial PA Instructional level I certification in Health and Physical Education
  • Complete post-baccalaureate professional credits towards a PA Instructional level II certification
  • Move to higher pay grade in educational settings
  • Transfer your skills from education to a church, community recreation or ministry setting
  • Serve diverse populations by adapting physical education and sport for any setting
  • Adapted Physical educator
  • Work in the field of adapted sport and recreation
  • Adventure/outdoor educator
  • College professor
  • Health & wellness teacher
In this program, students will…
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and technology in health, physical education and sport
  • Design appropriate health, physical education and sport teaching and assessment materials for all ages and abilities
  • Integrate a biblical worldview in designing and teaching content in health, physical education and sport
  • Apply knowledge and competence in the delivery of content in health, physical education and sport
  • Incorporate practices of safety and equity in meeting the diverse needs of participants in the health, physical education and sport setting
  • Analyze the needs of participants and adapt instruction to meet specific needs
  • Demonstrate professionalism in school and community settings
  • Develop collaborative relationships with professionals in the field of health, physical education and sport

Program Scope

The following is the proposed 46-credit scope for this general degree program.

Course Title Credits
BIBLE & THEOLOGY COURSES
BTC 521 The Biblical Narrative – Old Testament 1
BTC 531 The Biblical Narrative – New Testament 1
BTC 561 Biblical Interpretation 1
BTC 571 Introduction to Christian Theology 1
EDUCATION CORE COURSES
EDU 519 Foundations and Frameworks for Learning 3
EDU 523 Theoretical Foundations of Development and Learning 3
EDL 550 Sociocultural Perspectives on Education 3
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION CORE COURSES
HPE 500 Administration, Ethics, and the Law in HPE and Sport 3
HPE 510  Technology in Health, Physical Education and Sport 3
HPE 520 Adapting and Assessing Student Learning for Diverse Populations in
HPE (10 hours observation)
3
HPE 540 Advanced Methods and Motor Learning in Elementary Physical
Education (10 hours observation)
3
HPE 550 Advanced Methods in Secondary Physical Education (10 hours Observation) 3
HPE 565 Supervision, Evaluation and Development of Students and Teachers 3
HPE 580 Collaborative Partnerships 3
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION TRACK
HPE 530 Current Topics in Health, Physical Education and Sport 3
HPE 560 Advanced Methods in Health (10 Hours Observation) 3
HPE 590 Research in Health, Physical Education and Sport 3
HPE 591 Research Thesis 3

Customize Your MEd Studies to Add Certification

By combining the MEd (no PA certification) plan with one of these additional program versions to certification, you can customize your course of study to better meet your educational and certification goals.

Health & Physical Edu with PA Certification (56 credits)

This option is designed for candidates holding a current Instructional Level I certification who want to obtain an MEd in Health & Physical Education or the candidate who works in the field of recreation and sport desiring a master’s degree in Health & Physical Education.

Students perusing this pathway will take the following three credit courses:

  • HPE 530 Current Topics in Health, Physical Education and Sport
  • HPE 560 Advanced Methods in Health (10 Hours Observation)
  • HPE 590 Research in Health, Physical Education and Sport
  • HPE 591 Research Thesis
  • HPE 570 Instruction and Assessment for the English Learner in HPE
  • HPE 590 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience
  • HPE 599 Student Teaching (6 credits)
Adapted Physical Education (46 credits)

This option is designed for the candidate who wants to work in a public or private school or community organization in the field of Adapted Physical Education. This program is designed around the Adapted Physical Education National Standards. This pathway has the potential for National Certification in Adapted Physical Education upon completion of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) exam.

Students perusing this pathway will take the following three-credit courses:

  • HPE 525 Diverse Attributes of Learners in Physical Education and Sport I
    (low incidence and autism/communication)
  • HPE 555 Diverse Attributes of Learners Physical Education and Sport II
    (high incidence)
  • HPE 585 Apprenticeship I 100 hours
  • HPE 586 Apprenticeship II 100 hours

Meet the Faculty

Vickie Byler, EdD
Professor, Chair of Health & Physical Education
Tom Randolph, EdD
Professor
Chelsea Cook
Adjunct Faculty, Subject Matter Expert Designer & Manager
Gwen Shenk, MEd
Part-time Faculty
Lauren Turner, MS
Adjunct Faculty, Subject Matter Expert Designer & Manager
Brian Hobbs, EdS
Adjunct Faculty, Subject Matter Expert Designer & Manager

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