This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.

Program Rationale:

The graduates of the M.S. in Physical Education with a specialization in Teaching Physical Education are expected to increase the competency and knowledge of certified teachers in health and physical education.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate Students will:

  • Develop content knowledge in pedagogy and exercise science as it relates to health and physical education professionals
  • Read and interpret research and apply significant findings as it relates to health and physical education professions.

Admissions Requirements:

An undergraduate program in physical education from an accredited institution of higher education and teaching certification is preferred for admission to the master's degree program. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Additional Materials Required:

  • three letters of reference (at least two from academic sources)
  • a personal statement

Instructions for uploading the statement, and for obtaining and submitting the letters of reference, will be found within the online graduate application.

Contact: 860-832-2155

Requirements (30 Credits)

All Students must take a minimum of 12 credits from the Pedagogy Core Courses and a minimum of 3 credits from the Sport category and a minimum of 3 credits from the Exercise Science category

Research (6 Credits)

Students must take PE 597 before successful completion of 12 credit hours

Students must take PE 598 before successful completion of 24 credit hours

Electives (3-6 Credits)

Courses as approved by faculty advisor

Capstone Requirement (0-3 Credits)

Plan A: Thesis (3 Credits)

Students electing the Thesis for their Capstone should discuss which course the Thesis will substitute for with their advisor.

Plan B: Comprehensive Exam (0 Credits)

  Comprehensive Examination  


Plan C Applied Research 3 credits

Note: No more than 9 credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

Total Credit Hours: 30

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Chee-Hoi Leong
Graduate Program Coordinator
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall, Room 030

Academic Department

Physical Education & Human Performance