Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education

Total Credit Hours: 30          Degree Format: Online

ABOUT THIS FIELD

The Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education is a rigorous academic program of 27 semester hours of fully online course work. Graduates of the program who meet all criteria may be eligible for upgrade to T-6 certification in the state of Georgia or reciprocal states.

THE VALDOSTA STATE DIFFERENCE

This specialist program offers candidates the opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and skills through advanced and more specialized content designed specifically to address excellence in coaching and educate practicing teachers through the medium of coaching studies. Course objectives and requirements coincide with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education National Standards for Sport Coaches.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Program candidates will develop a coaching philosophy that centers on ethical conduct and behavior while focusing on the safety and well-being of the athlete.

They will develop the ability to recognize inherent risks of unsafe equipment, facilities, and conditions during high risk activities.

Finally, candidates develop a capstone project on a topic that is unique to the needs of the sports program being coached by the candidate and determine the relevance of the study through a statistical analysis of the results.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Han Chen, email: hanchen@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-249-4921

 

Ed.S. Degree with a Major in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education Program Map

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Summer Semester: April 15
  • Fall Semester: No Admission
  • Spring Semester: No Admission

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded. 
  • Minimum GPA requirements may be met by other admission requirements (see below). 
  • Must hold a valid level four or higher teaching certificate in health, physical education, or both in Georgia or a reciprocal state.  Note: only qualified candidates with appropriate level four or five certificates in Georgia (or comparable and reciprocal certifications from other states) may be eligible for the level six certification following the completion of degree requirements. 
  • Note: MAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program unless needed as an "other requirement for admission" (see below). 

Verification of Employment and Years of Teaching Form

  • This applied graduate program requires applicants to be directly involved in coaching an athletic sport and have access to student-athletes for observational analysis purposes.  (The specific coaching setting and nature of the coaching experience have to be approved by the graduate coordinator.)

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

Three Recommendations

  • General Recommendation Form Required
  • Please enter the name and email of your recommenders as you complete the application. They should receive an email inviting them to compelte the recommendation after that. If they do not receive the email (or find it in their spam folder), they may submit their recommendation as an email attachment to gradschool@valdosta.edu. The General Recommendation Form can be used if the email from the online recommendation system does not arrive.
  • Letters must be accompanied by the required form or submitted through the online recommendation system.

500 Word Writing Sample

  • A writing sample of not more than 500 words responding the following prompt must be provided:Considering you are applying to a fully online degree program, describe (1) how this program will help you accomplish your career goals and (2) how your backgrounds, experiences, interests, or identities will add to the learning of other students within your cohort

Other Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants having a cumulative GGPA between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are: 
    • GRE: Verbal - 145 and Quantitative 139 
    • MAT: 380
  • Applicants with GGPAs below 2.75 will not be accepted into this program. 

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

VSU Medical Form

  • The VSU Medical Form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • The EDS in Coaching Pedagogy admits for summer semesters. 
  • Since this is a fully online program, candidates must:
    • Have access to a reliable computer with Internet access.
    • Must possess and have working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash Player.
    • Must have access to video recording equipment and general working knowledge of how to upload and/or burn media to computers.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

The Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education is a fully online program. Federal homeland security guidelines state that student visas cannot be issued for online programs.

Prospective students whose first language is not English and those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Please note: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this program applicants must hold a clear/renewable teaching certificate (T-5 or higher) in the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate in another state.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Probationary status is not available for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details contact Program Coordinator: Dr. Han Chen, email: hanchen@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-249-4921.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date;
  2.  A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3.  For other graduation requirements, please consult the KSPE Department (229.333.7161)

Graduation Requirements Page - Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education Program

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. No more than 6 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  2. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission. 

Total Credit Hours: 30          Degree Format: Online

ABOUT THIS FIELD

The Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education is a rigorous academic program of 27 semester hours of fully online course work. Graduates of the program who meet all criteria may be eligible for upgrade to T-6 certification in the state of Georgia or reciprocal states.

THE VALDOSTA STATE DIFFERENCE

This specialist program offers candidates the opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and skills through advanced and more specialized content designed specifically to address excellence in coaching and educate practicing teachers through the medium of coaching studies. Course objectives and requirements coincide with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education National Standards for Sport Coaches.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Program candidates will develop a coaching philosophy that centers on ethical conduct and behavior while focusing on the safety and well-being of the athlete.

They will develop the ability to recognize inherent risks of unsafe equipment, facilities, and conditions during high risk activities.

Finally, candidates develop a capstone project on a topic that is unique to the needs of the sports program being coached by the candidate and determine the relevance of the study through a statistical analysis of the results.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Han Chen, email: hanchen@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-249-4921

 

Ed.S. Degree with a Major in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education Program Map

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Summer Semester: April 15
  • Fall Semester: No Admission
  • Spring Semester: No Admission

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded. 
  • Minimum GPA requirements may be met by other admission requirements (see below). 
  • Must hold a valid level four or higher teaching certificate in health, physical education, or both in Georgia or a reciprocal state.  Note: only qualified candidates with appropriate level four or five certificates in Georgia (or comparable and reciprocal certifications from other states) may be eligible for the level six certification following the completion of degree requirements. 
  • Note: MAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program unless needed as an "other requirement for admission" (see below). 

Verification of Employment and Years of Teaching Form

  • This applied graduate program requires applicants to be directly involved in coaching an athletic sport and have access to student-athletes for observational analysis purposes.  (The specific coaching setting and nature of the coaching experience have to be approved by the graduate coordinator.)

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

Three Recommendations

  • General Recommendation Form Required
  • Please enter the name and email of your recommenders as you complete the application. They should receive an email inviting them to compelte the recommendation after that. If they do not receive the email (or find it in their spam folder), they may submit their recommendation as an email attachment to gradschool@valdosta.edu. The General Recommendation Form can be used if the email from the online recommendation system does not arrive.
  • Letters must be accompanied by the required form or submitted through the online recommendation system.

500 Word Writing Sample

  • A writing sample of not more than 500 words responding the following prompt must be provided:Considering you are applying to a fully online degree program, describe (1) how this program will help you accomplish your career goals and (2) how your backgrounds, experiences, interests, or identities will add to the learning of other students within your cohort

Other Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants having a cumulative GGPA between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are: 
    • GRE: Verbal - 145 and Quantitative 139 
    • MAT: 380
  • Applicants with GGPAs below 2.75 will not be accepted into this program. 

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

VSU Medical Form

  • The VSU Medical Form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • The EDS in Coaching Pedagogy admits for summer semesters. 
  • Since this is a fully online program, candidates must:
    • Have access to a reliable computer with Internet access.
    • Must possess and have working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash Player.
    • Must have access to video recording equipment and general working knowledge of how to upload and/or burn media to computers.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

The Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education is a fully online program. Federal homeland security guidelines state that student visas cannot be issued for online programs.

Prospective students whose first language is not English and those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Please note: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this program applicants must hold a clear/renewable teaching certificate (T-5 or higher) in the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate in another state.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Probationary status is not available for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details contact Program Coordinator: Dr. Han Chen, email: hanchen@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-249-4921.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date;
  2.  A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3.  For other graduation requirements, please consult the KSPE Department (229.333.7161)

Graduation Requirements Page - Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education Program

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. No more than 6 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  2. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission. 
The Graduate School
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