Master of Science

Physical Education

Specialization in Teaching Physical Education (For Certified Teachers)

Central to Educating, Engaging, & Empowering. 

The MS in Physical Education: Teaching Physical Education is designed for certified, practicing teachers interested in acquiring advanced training to teach physical education or health. This advanced degree is vital for practicing teachers wishing to pursue educational administration and supervision certification. You will be introduced to the best practices in the use of instructional tools, models, and teaching techniques essential for improving student engagement and learning in physical education. You will be equipped to read, understand, critique and conduct research in physical education.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August 
  • 30-credit program  
  • Research project 
  • Attend full- or part-time 
  • Classes offered in the evenings on campus 
  • Financial aid is available 
  • No GMAT/GRE required 


- Connor Hill, MS ’22

I chose grad school, as it was the right thing to do for my career, where I’m able to take skills and techniques learned in class, and apply them directly into my class the very next day. In class, I’m able to connect with a wide variety of CT Physical Education teachers who are constantly providing me with good ideas, and are a resource for me when beginning units that are new to my curriculum. I will tell any teacher thinking about their decision about when to go to grad school to go as soon as possible, because the things you learn in this program helps you tremendously at the critical “beginning years of your career” time frame.

- Connor Hill, MS ’22

Did You Know?

The Physical Education Teacher Education Program at Central Connecticut State University is nationally recognized by SHAPE America (a Specialized Professional Association in CAEP). To learn more about SHAPE America, visit 

What You'll Gain

  • Instruction, collaboration, and networking with the state’s and district’s strongest leaders in physical education and human performance  
  • Skilled use of technology to enhance student learning, carry out assessments, promote your program, and grow professionally  
  • Advanced pedagogical skills and up-to-date knowledge to engage, teach, and motivate PK-12 students  
  • Expanded knowledge and practice with curriculum design, instructional models, and sports programming  
  • Advanced scientific information on nutrition, sports performance training, motor behavior, physiology, and biomechanics, and how it can impact teaching  
  • Deepened understanding and use of inclusion, equity, and social justice in teaching and program design  
  • Access to information about current trends and issues confronting physical education and health teachers  
  • Ability to interpret and perform action research and apply findings to your instruction  
  • Advocacy skills for promoting physical activity and social emotional learning in your school and community