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Online Master of Education in Kinesiology: Physical Education

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Build Kinesiology Expertise and Move Your Career Forward

Online with a Practicum

1.5 Years

33 Credit Hours

$465 per Credit (In-State)

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Extend Your Credentials for Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management Careers

Study the science of human movement by seeking your MEd in Kinesiology degree online at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). The program includes a Physical Education concentration that focuses on PE teaching issues and helps teachers acquire qualifications for increasing their earning potential in Alabama.

In our online physical education program, you’ll learn from expert instructors and kinesiology leaders. Thanks to the flexible format, you can continue working while earning your master’s degree.

Teacher Certification Options

Auburn University at Montgomery provides credentials for career advancement to educators interested in earning a PE teaching degree at the master’s level. In our online Master of Education in Kinesiology program, you can prepare to attain Class A certification in Alabama.

Certification requirements vary by state. Be sure to review the requirements for the location where you plan to teach after completing your program.

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Explore the Physical Education Concentration

Our MEd in Kinesiology includes a PE concentration that appeals to students interested in pursuing their physical education degree online.

Physical Education

Complete courses on elementary and advanced methods of PE teaching while studying concepts relevant to sports management and exercise science positions.

Preview Your Kinesiology Coursework

11 Courses

Class A Preparation

AUM designed this online master’s degree for educators wanting to study kinesiology through a physical education lens. You’ll delve into advanced concepts relevant to PE teaching, sports management, and exercise science careers. The program also includes a practicum that provides advanced experiences for teaching physical education classes.

Course Highlights

  • Advanced Methods of Teaching Physical Education
  • Advanced Motor Development
  • Advanced Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Research Methods in Kinesiology
Curriculum Details

How to Start Your Online Physical Education Program

Application Deadline 08/12/24 Fall 2024 Semester

Start Date 08/19/24 Fall 2024 Semester

With our online MEd in Kinesiology program, you’ll benefit from more than our flexible format. We offer a simple admissions process for new students, with no GRE testing requirement. Plus, our generous transfer credit opportunities enable eligible students to earn their master’s degree in less time.

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Application Fee$25
Degree and Minimum GPAApplicants must have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If an applicant has a bachelor’s degree in a field other than physical education, they must have a Class B-level PE certification.
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts of all completed coursework from your previous college experience.
Additional RequirementsA copy of your valid, current Alabama Teaching Certificate reflecting certification in your proposed graduate teaching field on the Class B level.
Transfer CreditsGraduate students can transfer up to 12 credit hours to the MEd in Kinesiology program. Request information to learn more.

AUM offers rolling admissions, so it’s always a great time to apply. If you have questions, request information to connect with our admissions team.

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Begin a Physical Education Program That Won’t Stretch Your Budget

AUM strives to deliver quality education with affordable tuition, as demonstrated by our ranking as a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report.3 Review the tuition for our online MEd in Kinesiology degree below. To discuss financial aid and other options for making the program fit your budget, request information today.

Cost per Credit Hour$465 for Alabama residents and $511 for non-residents
Total Number of Credit Hours33
Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees$15,345 – $16,863
Additional Fees
  • Technology fee: $10/credit hour
  • Online fee: $40/credit hour
  • Administrative service fee: $35/semester
Other Costs to Budget ForYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies, and fees. Take these items into consideration as you budget for your online physical education program.

Military Benefits

Auburn University at Montgomery is proud to support the educational goals of military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, and their families. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and Military Friendly® ranked us among the Top 10 schools for 2023-2024. Moreover, our Veteran and Military Resource Center offers an array of resources for fostering a smooth admissions process and online student experience.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At AUM, we strive to make your online degree program as affordable as possible, with cost-effective tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA® form to determine your financial aid eligibility — the school code for Auburn University at Montgomery is 008310.

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Certification Resources for Physical Education Teachers in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Education sets certification standards to affirm physical education teachers are qualified to teach at the P-12 level. As a regionally accredited institution, Auburn University at Montgomery helps you rise in the certification ranks to access more job options and a higher salary.

Keep in mind that the education and certification requirements for teachers vary by state. Alabama has three unconditional certification classifications — here are examples of the minimum degree that physical education teachers need to reach each level:

  • Class B: Bachelor’s degree in a teaching field
  • Class A: Traditional or alternative master’s degree in physical education
  • Class AA: Education Specialist degree in a teaching field

How to Obtain Class A Certification

The online MEd in Kinesiology: Physical Education from AUM enables you to gain qualifications for Class A certification. To attain this certificate, you must apply through our College of Education’s Teacher Certification Office after acquiring your master’s degree. Completing this process requires an application to the Alabama State Department of Education ($30 application fee) with an official transcript from AUM, documenting that you earned a Class A degree.

To attain Class A teacher certification, you must meet these requirements:

  • Valid Class B Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field in which a Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought, such as physical education.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution, documenting you have earned a master’s degree.
  • Completion of a survey of special education course. If you completed that course prior to your AUM master’s program, you must take a diversity course focusing on methods of accommodating instruction for students with disabilities in inclusive settings, multicultural education, teaching English language learners, rural education, or urban education.
  • Satisfactory completion of a state-approved program with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all courses used to meet the requirements of the approved program checklist for the Alabama State Board of Education educator preparation program.
  • Applicants with an Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) must adhere to the requirements and restrictions provided in the Educator Certification Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code.
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Move Forward in Physical Education and Related Career Fields

AUM’s online MEd in Kinesiology program helps extend your job prospects and earning power in physical education. According to the Alabama State Department of Education, new classroom teachers with master’s degrees make about 15% more than their colleagues with bachelor’s degrees.4 AUM further supports your success by providing access to online resources from our Career Development Center, preparing you to hit the ground running in your career after graduation.

Salaries for Teachers with MEd Degrees in Alabama

5 Years of Experience $55,939 per year4

10 Years of Experience $60,755 per year4

Program Outcomes

Auburn University at Montgomery designed the online Master of Education degree to help students meet Alabama Department of Education requirements for obtaining advanced teaching certification. What’s more, you can apply the concepts learned during the online courses toward your current role, elevating your performance as you pursue your master’s degree.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

At AUM, you’ll feel supported by expert faculty members who bring valuable teaching and professional backgrounds to each online class. Our online instructors have completed extensive training in designing and teaching online courses, further elevating your experience as an online student.

Erin Reilly

Dr. Erin Reilly

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Erin Reilly, Professor

Dr. Erin Reilly earned her PhD from the University of Kansas in Physical Education, Sport Psychology with an emphasis in Sociology. She has been a professor at Auburn University at Montgomery for 20 years and was the first in her department to offer her graduate courses online to allow teaching professionals to earn a master’s degree while working. She has also been the advisor to AUM’s Majors Club, which has been the recipient of the Baughman Award three times.

Dr. Reilly’s service to ASAHPERD began almost as soon as she came to Alabama. She has served as chair and vice president of several divisions, and she was previously an ASAHPERD president. She has served on many State Department of Education task force committees working to help find ways to decrease the impact of childhood obesity, and she recently co-founded Brain Pump, a preschool program designed to help children improve their balance, coordination, and other physical parameters.

A Quality Experience for Online Learners

Earn your degree online from Auburn University at Montgomery to experience a quality education with the flexibility to succeed in class and your career. You can complete your coursework using your laptop or mobile device with opportunities to study when and where it’s convenient.

  • Academic support: Access online advising and tutoring
  • Career services: Prepare to succeed after graduation
  • Help desk: Get technical assistance for your program
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