Physical Education & Coaching

The Physical Education & Coaching  certificate of advanced graduate study prepares you for involvement in physical education or coaching fields in a variety of settings including: elementary, middle, and secondary schools and colleges, youth agencies, fitness and social service organizations; and community associations. The graduate curriculum will vary depending on the specific needs and interests of each student.

Coaching

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study with a specialization in coaching is designed for individuals seeking either to begin a professional career in athletic coaching or to further their professional development by expanding and deepening their knowledge about coaching. This degree program is also appropriate for individuals who wish to move toward a career in coach education or research on coaching.  Incoming students must hold a master’s degree or its international equivalent from an accredited university.

The program of study includes a range of courses from which you may choose, depending upon your background and interests.

You are required to have completed an introductory course in only one of the following areas. A minimum of 4.0 academic credits is required.

  • Human Anatomy/Human Physiology
  • Kinesiology SED PE 720 Seminar in Kinesiology or Motor Learning and Control or Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology or SED PE 505 Foundations of Sports Science

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Coaching.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: This program of study does not lead to licensure.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a Masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Related Programs: 16-Credit Certificate in Physical Education, Health Education, & Coaching
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor John McCarthy, coaching@bu.edu, 617-353-0365
    Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Physical Education

Our graduate program in Physical Education attracts candidates interested in pursuing licensure to teach physical education, candidates who already hold licenses, and candidates who do not wish to be licensed. The program sequence includes coursework on educational theory, research design, curriculum design, adapted physical education, motor development, sociology of sport, and analysis of teaching. The program has two separate tracks: the licensure track and the non-licensure track.

Licensure track: The licensure track is for those who know they want to teach in public schools. Upon completion of the program, you will meet the requirements for an initial license to teach physical education at either the elementary or secondary level. Upon completion of additional credits, you may pursue dual licensure in Physical Education in both the elementary and secondary levels.

Incoming students are not required to hold an undergraduate degree in health or physical education. However, you are required to complete three science courses (anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and exercise physiology) prior to graduation. Those who do not have this background will be required to enroll in a course sequence to acquire the background knowledge in physical education and teaching. We now offer all of the science classes in our program at the School of Education.  Incoming students must hold a master’s degree or its international equivalent from an accredited university.

Non-licensure track: The non-licensure track is designed for those who already attained licensure or who want the flexibility to design a program around individual interests and educational goals.

In addition to coursework and practicum experiences, you will participate in a community service initiative through our program known as the School of Education-Gardner Pilot Academy Physical Education Collaborative. This is a partnership that has been in place for over three decades in which Boston University students provide physical education programming to local elementary school students. Our students plan, teach, implement and evaluate movement lessons for children in grades K–5. A faculty member and doctoral student administer this program and mentor the students who teach the children as part of their practicum requirements.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Physical Education.
  • Program Duration: Full-time (12-18 credits/semester): 2-3 semesters. Duration for part time students vary.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, students on the licensure track may be licensed at the initial level to teach Physical Education to students at the elementary and/or secondary level.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a Masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Related Programs: 16-Credit Certificate in Physical Education, Health Education, & Coaching
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor John McCarthy, jmmcc@bu.edu, 617-353-0365
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237
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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.