Physical Education: Advanced Pedagogy | Springfield College

Physical Education: Advanced Pedagogy

Master of Education or Master of Science
About This Program
Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions & Events
(413) 748-3383 
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Program Contacts
Curriculum and Delivery
Start Dates and Duration
  • Start in September (fall semester) or January (spring semester)
  • Courses are offered full time
  • Complete in 4 semesters (pending prerequisites are met)
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Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m.

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Springfield College graduate students in the School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership

The Springfield College Physical Education: Advanced Pedagogy enables experienced physical education teachers who hold an initial license to earn a Master of Science degree or Master of Education degree. Upon completion of the program, students will have met the Massachusetts educational requirements for professional licensure, which all teachers must obtain within five years of starting the timeline on their initial licensure.  

Recognizing the needs of physical educators, the program is both flexible and rigorous. Working teachers benefit from evening courses.  Within the curriculum, a 12-credit core focuses on critical components of the field, including instructional models and culturally relevant pedagogy.  Beyond the core, students work closely with an academic advisor to select courses that meet their individual academic, professional, and personal needs.

“My experience in the Physical Education: Advanced Pedagogy program has been transformative. The classes in this program exceeded my expectations. The curriculum construction, instructional strategies, and inclusive approaches learned, along with the supportive community, have strengthened my teaching practices and increased my confidence in becoming a successful physical educator.” Kael Prickett, Graduate Class of 2024
Kael Prickett - Springfield College
Rachel Tavares, G'21

Student Spotlight

"Springfield College was the right choice for me because I felt a sense of belonging the moment I stepped foot on campus. It is a welcoming environment with the most genuine and helpful student body and faculty members. The Department of Physical Education and Health Education and the Physical Education Advanced Pedagogy program have helped me to gain new knowledge, relationships, and further develop as a physical educator and as a person. I will forever be grateful for my experiences at Springfield College."

Rachel Tavares standing behind the Physical Education Complex sign
Adam Constantilos, G'21

Student Spotlight

"When I realized that transferring to Springfield College was an option for me it felt like there really was no other school that matched my career goals so well. Springfield was the only college I even seriously considered, mainly because of its reputation for physical education. Throughout my time as an undergraduate in the Physical Education program, I developed the skill set necessary to go out and get the job I always wanted. As a graduate student employed as an elementary physical education teacher, I was able to immediately apply what we were working on to my profession and make a difference for real students every day. The number one thing that stood out to me throughout my time at Springfield was that I always had a professor, advisor, or graduate assistant who I could turn to for advice. I felt they made an effort to accommodate me as a student with a full-time job, father of a young child, and a commuter."

Adam Constantilos smiling with his family

How to Apply:

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

International Students:

Fall Start

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1

Spring Start

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: October 1

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Employees of our partnerships are eligible to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 partner grant.