Physical Education (P-12) M.Ed.

Student writing on whiteboard while another student looks on.


The Master of Education in Physical Education (P-12) is a teacher certification program designed to prepare the student to teach Physical Education in the school. Satisfactory completion of program requirements leads to a Master of Education degree with eligibility for Class A Teaching Certification awarded by the Alabama State Department of Education. The program is 30 credit hours.



Course of Study

Program Overview

The program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program includes a variety of courses intended to improve the knowledge and skills of physical education teachers. The program of study also provides course work and experiences that introduce and advance student participation in basic research related to the field of physical education.

Who Should Apply

If you already possess a Class B teaching certificate or the equivalent in physical education and want to further your education, then consider pursuing the Physical Education (P-12) Master of Education degree at the University of South Alabama.


Dr. Shelley Holden
(251) 461-1611


▼   Admission Requirements
  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

    *USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form found on the University Registrar's Office website.

    In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate programs.

  2. GPA Requirement: A minimum overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on the GPA used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned OR a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned.

    GPA Exception:
    Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and who do not have a qualifying GPA for admission may seek admission based on a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For the GRE, this standard is defined as having a score at the 50th percentile on all of the following subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. For the Miller Analogies Test, students must have a score at or above the 50th percentile based on the total group percentile rank score. For Alternative Class A programs, applicants must submit a qualifying alternate score on the Alabama-prescribed Praxis subject-area test.

  3. A valid bachelor’s level (Class B) Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought.

  4. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study.

  5. Sufficient coursework in the major subject to qualify for graduate study in the involved discipline. Students with a deficiency in relevant coursework may be required to successfully complete additional prerequisite courses.

    To apply - click here to get to the admissions login page.

▼   Physical Education Facilities
The Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Classrooms and Computer Lab are equipped with Smart Board® technology, projectors, and PCs with internet access. Other facilities include a weight-room, two gymnasiums, dance and martial arts studios, and instructional and research laboratories.
▼   Alumni Testimonial
Jeffrey Dorsey

Jeffrey Dorsey
Athletic Director
Scarborough Model Middle School
Mobile County Public Schools

“I was undecided about going back to school to pursue my Master’s Degree. However, I received a graduate assistant position in the Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Department and I knew that was a sign that I needed to go ahead and pursue my Masters of Education Degree in Physical Education. The professors at the University of South Alabama work with your schedule and also prepare you for the real world of teaching. I definitely grew as a student and future educator because of the course of study and educational experiences I obtained. I would recommend this program to any physical educator wanting to advance their education.”