The masters degree in physical education is designed to provide students advanced preparation in the field of athletic training. Admitted students must possess an undergraduate degree with specialization in athletic training.
The masters degree in adapted physical education is designed to provide students with advanced preparation in physical education teaching for including students with disabilities into general physical education classes as well as teaching students with disabilities in self-contained classrooms. Admitted students must possess a general physcial educaton teaching license. This degree does not lead to a teaching license.
In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit a sample of expository writing to include future goals and specific research interests.
General degree requirements for the M.S. degree in athletic training include:
Successful completion of 24 graduate hours in athletic training selected from:
Satisfactory completion of
These requirements include:
Additional required and elective courses will be determined by the faculty advisor.
In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit evicence of a teaching license from his/her state, a sample of expository writing to include future professional goals related to general and adapted physical education.
Successful completion of 30 graduate hours in physical education selected from:
States are increasingly requiring adapted PE, which is typically taught by Certified Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) teachers. The importance of CAPE for informing curricular best practices, as well as planning, instruction and assessment is unprecedented. Accordingly, our M.S. program would be aligned with CAPE in order to be on the cutting edge of best practices before other colleges and universities in the area follow similar initiatives. Within the state of South Carolina, there is a 92% shortage for Adapted Physical Educators given the demand for providing services for students with disabilities (Jiang, 2012). A survey of local teachers (N = 60) revealed that 50% of respondents would choose to enroll in further coursework in Adapted Physical Education or similar certificate programs. There are no other Adapted Physical Education programs in South Carolina. Similarly structured programs exist in Virginia, Michigan, New York, Georgia, and several other states, with the closest in proximity existing at University of Georgia. Enrollment in face-to-face programs ranges from 6-20 students. Online/hybrid programs show enrollments ranging from 25-43 students. Higher enrollments corresponded with programs that received federal funding via Office of Special Education Programming training grants.
Make edits recommended by the College of Education Curriculum Committee (CECC)
Program Modification- BOT AA: 6/8, BOT: 6/22, ACAP: 9/13.
Approved BOT 6/8 and 6/22. Next Meeting CHE-ACAP on 9/13. SACS approval required.
CHE approved: 3/13/19
SACSCOC approved: 4/26/2019
Updates will appear in the 1920 Graduate Bulletin.