Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching

Please Note: This program is on a moratorium for 2014-15 academic year. We are not accepting new students into the program at this time.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of our children through physical education, health education, and sport? Learn about our 16-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching. This certificate, designed and offered by Boston University School of Education and the Distance Education office, provides instruction in three specializations for students to acquire a foundation of knowledge and teaching methods, as well as research and theories in physical education, health education, and coaching. This all-online certificate is designed for individuals who work with children or adults in physical education, physical activity, health, and coaching settings; or who are from schools, nonprofit organizations, recreational settings, and a wide variety of amateur and other coaching situations. Whether one is a licensed physical education or health education teacher in the schools, a first-year youth sport coach, a classroom teacher who wants to learn about physical activity, a recent graduate from college, or someone seeking professional development to enter a new field related to sports and physical activity, this certificate is for you. Please note that this is not a licensure/certification program for teaching physical education or health.

Who will benefit from the program? (Non-licensure)

  • Professionals without preparation in physical education or health education
  • Teachers from independent schools who coach and teach sports, but who do not have any training in physical education, nutrition, or coaching
  • Practitioners teaching physical education or health education who want to enroll in first-level graduate courses for professional development
  • Coaches who work with any age, skill, or sport
  • Those from the business world or other careers who want to enter the teaching or coaching field
  • Fitness specialists who want to broaden their career opportunities
  • Students who want to complete graduate credits as part of a certificate program before applying for admission to a degree program (some or all of these classes may be applied to a Boston University Master’s of Education degree).

Advantages of the program

  • The Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching Certificate is an all-online certificate program
  • You do not need a background in sports or physical education to enroll
  • You do not need an undergraduate degree in physical education, health education, or sports to enroll
  • Course materials and assignments can be accessed any time, anywhere
  • You can begin and end the program any time
  • You can take one, all or some of the four courses
  • You can apply some or all of the graduate credits to other School of Education campus-based degree programs depending on the type of program you enter. You must also earn a grade of B or better in the class and you must be accepted to the campus-based degree program. Graduate students are admitted into the Physical Education, Health & Coaching Program through the standard graduate admissions process for degree programs.
    • For example, if you complete the 16-credit Certificate, all 16 credits can be used for a non-licensure track EdM with the Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching Programs. Note that all four courses only count when entering the non-licensure track programs and you must apply and be accepted to the graduate programs through the School of Education.
    • If you elect to enter a Physical Education licensure track campus-based program, then SED PE 508 and SED RS 600 would transfer. A Health Education licensure track EdM campus-based program would accept SED HE 523 and SED RS 600.

Getting Started: Students may apply to begin at any time—all you need is an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a completed application form. Access the admissions application and review admissions requirements.

Please Note: This program is on a moratorium for 2014-15 academic year. We are not accepting new students into the program at this time.

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.