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Master of Science in Kinesiology, Physical Education

Improve the lives of children and youth through physical activity and sport. Ohio State's nationally acclaimed master's program in physical education will teach you the skills, know-how and best practices to train youth in developing and maintaining healthy, active lifestyles.

The master's program in physical education provided me a lot of practical opportunities to teach and supervise children and college students. Additionally, the high quality classes improved my knowledge of physical education as well as my reading and writing skills, all very important as I pursue my doctorate degree. The excellent faculty are very supportive and provided me feedback and chances to try new ideas. Emi Tsuda, MS, 2014
Doctoral Student, The Ohio State University


The master's program in physical education program at The Ohio State University brings you together with a group of engaged and passionate educators and scholars dedicated to teaching you the requisite skills and knowledge you'll need in the physical education and youth physical activity industry.

Our physical education program exemplifies a philosophy of learning by doing and reflecting on it. This lead-by-example approach gives you the capacity to motivate those with whom you work and make physical activity and sport a part of their permanent lifestyle.

Your education in physical education will be as diverse as the people in it. Coupled with an excellent learning environment, you will have numerous opportunities to collaborate with school districts, professionals and researchers.

As you learn the best practices in teaching physical education to children and youth, a master's degree in physical education will prepare you to:

  • Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to educational problems
  • Become a leader who is able to engage in advocacy
  • Serve as a model for the profession
  • Demonstrate evidenced-based best practices in the field

Ohio State is a leader in the study and application of adapted and general physical education. The faculty and the students a part of it are committed to advancing the field of physical education, physical activity and sport while educating children and youth to embrace a lifetime of health and wellness.

Career Paths

There are many career options for graduates with a master's degree in physical education. Just a small sampling includes:

  • Activity Specialist
  • Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Athletic Coach
  • Early Childhood Motor Skills Instructor
  • Movement Education Specialist
  • Recreation Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Youth/Sports Camp Director


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 – to be considered for funding; rolling admissions until cohort filled, autumn semester start only. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late January and continuing until the cohort is filled.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's degree in physical education or related field; cumulative GPA 3.0 or better; and experience working with youth in a physical activity setting.
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Introduction to adapted physical education, Applied behavior analysis for teachers, Socio-cultural issues in physical education, Advanced motor development and learning, sport and disability, programming for severe physical disabilities, practicum in adapted physical education, practicum in physical education
Degree requirements: 1 kinesiology core courses (3 hours), specialization courses (21-24 hours), research methods (6 hours), breadth requirement (3 hours)
Other requirements: Thesis or non-thesis option (3 hours)
Academic opportunities: Physical Education Club, Kappa Phi Kappa, Society of Health and Physical Educators, Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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Jackie Goodway, PhD, Professor
Samuel R. Hodge, PhD, Professor
Harry Lehwald, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Weidong Li, PhD, Professor
Sue Sutherland, PhD, Professor
Phillip Ward, PhD, Professor


Department of Human Sciences
PAES Building, 1st Floor
305 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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