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M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Health and Physical Education

  • Total Credit Hours: 33
  • Degree Format: Online

About this field

Degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education prepare students for professional careers in health and physical education (teacher education). The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with a major in health and physical education prepares students to teach health and physical education from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. This program gives students a solid foundation in health and physical education both in and out of the classroom. Students engage in invaluable fieldwork, interacting with public school children in a variety of grades and settings. Students have access to a number of technologies, including heart rate monitors, pedometers, LiveText, and various forms of software applicable to public school health and physical education instruction. The graduate teacher education program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The Valdosta State Difference

Students are encouraged to join the Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club, an organization in which members motivate each other, share new and innovative teaching strategies, and work together to positively impact the community by promoting healthy living and physical activity.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Han Chen
Email: hanchen@valdosta.edu
Phone: 229-249-4921

Admission Deadlines

Summer Semester: February 15

This program does not admit for Spring or Fall semesters. Starting in Summer 2019, the M.Ed. PE will have a deadline of February 15.

Admissions Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

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

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework you have taken.

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Applicants must hold a valid level four certificate in Georgia or a reciprocal state in health education and/or physical education. 
  • Must have access to P-12 learners in a physical education school or related setting.
  • Note: Only qualified candidates with an appropriate level four certificate in Georgia (or a comparable and reciprocal certification from other states) may be eligible for level five certification following the completion of degree requirements. 
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade has been awarded. (Minimum GPA requirements may be met by other admission requirements (see below). 
  • Note: MAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program unless needed as an "other requirement for admission" (see below).

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

  •  Must have access to P-12 learners in a physical education school setting.

Verification of Teaching Form

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  •  Recommendation letters from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic work.

 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 GPA between 2.5 and 2.749 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

Note: Applicants with GPAs below 2.5 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

Verification of Lawful Presence

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This documentation is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This documentation 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.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

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

Important Program Information

  • The M.Ed. admits applicants for summer semester.  
  • Since the M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education is a fully online program, candidates must:
    • have access to a reliable computer with Internet access.
    • possess and have working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash Player.
    • have access to video recording equipment and general working knowledge of how to upload and/or burn media to computers.

International Applicants

The M.Ed. in Health and 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.

  • Note: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this program applicants must hold a clear/renewable teaching certificate (T-4 or higher) in the state of Georgia or a related 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.

Admissions Classifications

Students will only be admitted as Regular status students.

Admissions 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: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

Applicant Resources

Graduation Requirements

  1. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  2. Students must submit an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  3. Students will complete the College of Education Advanced Teacher Self-Assessment Instrument.
  4. Students will complete an advanced portfolio.

Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission

  1. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. No work completed more than seven years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the student’s major profession, Dean of the College of Education, and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.
  2. No more than 6 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program. Transfer credit will be evaluation after admission by the academic department.
  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 must not be enrolled for two semesters. Application for readmission may be initiated during the second semester. Readmission is not guaranteed, and prior academic performance and student conduct/disposition in the program will be considered. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission.
  5. Candidates (regardless of status) who have been admitted to the M.Ed. degree program in health and physical education at VSU who take coursework outside this M.Ed. program may not apply that coursework toward the M.Ed. degree in health and physical education.


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