Physical Education Teacher, M.S.Ed.

School of Education

Program Overview

In this master of science program, you will take courses that emphasize health and human movement while you practice teaching physical activities and fitness. You’ll learn how best to transmit your knowledge of physical education to eager students, helping them to discover the personal enhancements that come with health, wellness, and fitness.

Physical Education Teacher, M.S.Ed.

Where You'll Go

The program prepares you for employment as a physical education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and our graduates make up a large percentage of New York City’s Pre-K through 12 physical education teachers. This program will not only support you to gain New York State Certification but will also provide you with both the analytical and practical skills to offer students the support needed to thrive.

Program Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Program Description

This Master of Science degree program will prepare, develop, and advance the skills of both aspiring and practicing physical education teachers (P–12). The physical education teacher major offers three tracks leading to Initial, Professional, or Transitional B New York State teacher certification. Students seeking Transitional B certification must be employed as a full-time New York City public school teacher.

The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the Department of Secondary Education for the current requirements.

Program Requirements (30–49 Credits)

Each student is evaluated individually based upon prior experiences. Based upon this evaluation and current certification requirements of the New York State Education Department, courses in education or another department may be substituted for required courses with permission of the department program coordinator.

The Professional Track (Option 1 A) enhances teaching skills for students who have their New York State Initial Certification in teaching physical education (P–12). Graduates of this track will be prepared to supplement their instructional, evaluative, and supervisory skills in their positions as teachers, coaches, athletic directors, administrators, and other education-related roles. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in physical education and New York State Initial Teacher Certification in physical education prior to enrollment in this program. The professional track leads to New York State Professional certification.

The Pre-Professional Track (Option 2 B) is designed for students who come to the field from a background outside of the allied health professions or teacher education and seek initial certification to teach in New York State. The pre-professional track leads to New York State Initial and, after three years of fulltime teaching, professional certification.

The TransB Track (Option C) is designed for candidates enrolled in a DOE Collaborative program.

The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the State requirements for certification therefore, program requirements are subject to change.

Applicants to the Professional Track (Option 1) and the Pre-Professional Track (Option 2) and TransB Track must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.

A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

Applicants to the Professional and Pre-Professional Tracks must take the GRE prior to graduate admission.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Students should note additional requirements found in the sections of “Admission” and “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Graduate Bulletin.

Option 1 Professional Track (30 Credits)

Students who possess Initial Certification will complete the following:

  • SEED 7630T Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum P-12: Physical Education P-5
  • SEED 7633T Advanced Seminar II in Pedagogy and Curriculum P-12: Physical Education P-12
  • SEED 7636X Physical Education Curriculum in Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • SEED 7637X School Based Social Emotional and Curriculum Leadership Skills for PE
  • SEED 7638X Advancing Instructional Practices in Physical Education
  • SEED 7639X Administration, Leadership and Supervision in Physical Education
  • SEED 7642T Seminar in Educational Research Inquiry: Physical Education
  • SEED 7990X Directed Readings and Research
  • SEED 7504X Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning

In addition to the above: Six graduate credits of program coordinator–approved electives.

Option 2 Pre-Professional Track (34–49 Credits)

This track is designed to accommodate candidates who do not have New York State initial teacher certification. Undergraduate transcripts will be reviewed and assessed for undergraduate preparation that may count toward the prerequisites for the master’s degree. Students who do not have significant preparation will be required to take 15 credits in undergraduate physical education prerequisites before being fully matriculated as graduate students.

Required Prerequisite courses: (15 credits)

These courses must be taken completed in the first two semesters of enrollment, prior to full matriculation into the graduate program. Students may co-enroll in pre-requisites and graduate course work.

  • SEED 3020 Applied Concepts of Fitness and Health
  • SEED 3030 P/A 3 Team Sports
  • SEED 3040 P/A 4 Dual and Lifetime Sports and Physical Activity
  • SEED 3050 Adapted Physical Education
  • SEED 3060 Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education

Required for Master’s (30–34 credits)

Students will complete the following:

Physical Education (24 credits)

The following eight education courses are required unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework.

  • SEED 7630T Advanced Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum P–12: Physical Education P–5
  • SEED 7501X Analysis of Classroom Interaction & Curriculum
  • SEED 7631X Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum: Physical Education 6–12
  • SEED 7156X Administration, Leadership and Supervision in Physical Education
  • SEED 7633T Advanced Seminar II in Pedagogy and Curriculum P-12: Physical Education P–12
  • SEED 7634T Seminar With Student Teaching: Physical Education
  • SEED 7157X Physical Education Curriculum in Secondary School
  • SEED 7635X Motor Learning and Development P–12
  • SEED 7637X School Based Social Emotional and Curriculum Leadership Skills for PE
  • SEED 7638X Advancing Instructional Practices in Physical Education
  • SEED 7643X Physical Education P–12: Standards Guided Planning for Instruction & Assessment
Education Core (6 credits)

The following two education courses are required unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework.

  • SEED 7503X Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
  • SEED 7502X Diversity and the Inclusive Classroom
  • SEED 7507X Development and Social and Emotional Learning
  • SEED 7990X Directed Readings and Research
Student Teaching (4 credits)

The following two student-teaching courses are required unless candidates have a New York State waiver:

  • SEED 7542T Student Teaching Practicum I (co-requisite SEED 7543)
  • SEED 7543T Student Teaching Practicum II (co-requisite SEED 7542)
  • (SEED 7630X and SEED 7637X must be completed before student teaching). SEED 7543T is not required if the candidate is teaching Physical Education full-time at an appropriate grade level.

Students teaching with a New York State Internship Certificate must be enrolled in either SEED 7542T or SEED 7001T during every semester that they are teaching under the certificate.

Students completing the Pre-Professional Track will graduate with a master’s degree and be eligible to apply for initial certification provided they complete New York State mandated certification requirements.

Option C Physical Education Teacher TRANS B Certificate Program (36 Credits)

The Master of Science Trans B Certificate degree program is designed to develop and advance the skills of novice physical education teachers (P–12). Applicants to the Trans B Certificate Track (Pathways to PE) must have a grade point average of 3.00.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Applicants to the Trans B (Option B) Program are directed to the New York City Dept of Education for Information about program entry requirements. Course work and matriculation are maintained by the Department of Secondary Education.

Degree requirements—TRANS B Certificate (Pathways to PE)

Thirty-six credits are required for the Trans B Certificate.

Brooklyn College, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education, offers an Alternative Certification program for qualified individuals who attend the college under a contractual arrangement with the Department of Education. Students must meet Brooklyn College admissions criteria. After completing a pre-service preparation program at the college, individuals are recommended for a Transitional B Certificate, which validates the individual’s service in a public school while completing the master’s degree program.

Students pursuing a Trans B Certificate will substitute their teaching job for student teaching but will still register for SEED 6002T.

Students will complete the following:

Physical Education (24 credits)

The following eight education courses are required unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework.

  • SEED 7630T Advanced Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum P–12: Physical Education P–5
  • SEED 7501X Analysis of Classroom Interaction & Curriculum
  • SEED 7631X Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum: Physical Education 6–12
  • SEED 7632T Advanced Seminar I in Pedagogy and Curriculum P–12: Physical Education P–12
  • SEED 7633T Advanced Seminar II in Pedagogy and Curriculum P–12: Physical Education P–12
  • SEED 7635X Motor Learning and Development P–12
  • SEED 7636X Physical Education Curriculum in Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • SEED 7638X Advancing Instructional Practices in Physical Education
  • SEED 7990X Directed Readings and Research
  • SEED 7643X Physical Education P–12: Standards Guided Planning for Instruction & Assessment
Education Core (12 credits)

The following four education courses are required unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework.

  • SEED 7503X Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
  • SEED 7502X Diversity and the Inclusive Classroom
  • SEED 7524T Seminar II in Pedagogy and Curriculum: Physical Education
  • SEED 7504X Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning
  • SEED 7507X Development and Social and Emotional Learning
  • SEED 7500X Perspectives on Education: Teaching Children & Adolescents in Cultural Context
  • SEED 7671X Children and Youth with Special Needs

Student Learning Outcomes

Candidates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of their basic science core, including concepts of exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning and development related to the performance and analysis of skillful movement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical constructs of the science core, and learning and development along with an understanding of historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of physical education.
  • Know how to attain and maintain personal levels of health-related fitness and competence in a variety of physical activities and movement patterns.
  • Know how to design short- and long-term developmentally appropriate lesson and unit plans that support the diverse learning needs of all students and address fitness, motor competence and a variety of sport and physical activities.
  • Know how to develop and implement content-specific, progressive, and sequential instruction that leads to active and fair learning experiences for all students while maintaining a safe teaching/learning environment with maximum academic learning time for all students
  • Know how to create and provide effective demonstrations, explanations, instructional cues, and feedback to support student learning.
  • Know how to select or develop appropriate assessments that accurately measure the achievement of all students’ instructional settings.
  • Know how to use assessment results and reflective practice to inform instruction, and maintain high standards for themselves and their students.

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Application Deadline: July 15, rolling admission
  • Spring Application Deadline: November 15, rolling admission

Supporting Documents for Matriculation

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree outside the United States need to submit a course-by-course international transcript evaluation. See Graduate Admissions for more information.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate
  • A brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals

The same requirements apply to nondegree applicants.

Required Tests

  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL—79, IELTS—6.5, PTE—58–63, Duolingo—105–160.
  • International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.
  • GRE required (Options 1,2).

All students accepted to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Fingerprint verification is required for work in New York City Department of Education schools if you already have fingerprint records or not. Follow these instructions.

Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.

Contact

Laura Blitzer, Program Coordinator

laurablitzer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5000 x3768
2414 James Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536
E: grads@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Internships and Employers

Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a physical education teacher.

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