Physical Education & Coaching

The Physical Education & Coaching graduate program prepares you for physical education, and coaching responsibilities in elementary, middle, and secondary schools and colleges; youth agencies; fitness and social service organizations; and community associations. The program approach in each area is interdisciplinary, with courses from the life sciences, the humanities, the social sciences and discipline specific content all complementing the professional education courses.

There are two possible specializations within the degree in Physical Education & Coaching: Coaching, and Physical Education.

Coaching

The master’s degree 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 coaching education or research on coaching.

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 four 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 EdM in Coaching.
  • Program Duration: 12 months.  Duration for part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • 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

Physical Education

Our graduate program in Physical Education has two seperate tracks: the licensure track and the non-licensure track. The licensure track in Physical Education attracts candidates interested in pursuing licensure to teach physical education in public schools, while the non-licensure track is for candidates who already hold licenses, and candidates who do not wish to be licensed but have an interest in fields such as athletic training, fitness or perhaps working in community centers and other active fields.

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 licensure to teach physical education at either the elementary or secondary level. After completing 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.

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.

Community Service: In addition to coursework and practicum experiences, candidates in the physical education program will participate in a community service initiative. There are many opportunities for community service offered through the program but some examples include: involvement in the School of Education-Gardner Pilot Academy Physical Education Collaboration which provides physical education for students at the Gardner Pilot Academy, assisting with Physical Activity Month at a local elementary school and teaching lessons about physical activity for a Sports Day at an elementary school

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Physical Education.
  • Program Duration: Two semesters, three semesters if dual licensure. Duration for part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during 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.
  • 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

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.