Physical Education: Initial Licensure
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The Springfield College MEd in Physical Education: Initial Licensure is one of the few in the country to offer both a master’s degree as well as initial licensure. Completion of this program will therefore allow graduate students to qualify for initial licensure in elementary physical education (PreK-8) and/or secondary level physical education (5-12).
The program is perfect for students who have earned their undergraduate degrees in fields other than physical education and who wish to complete the Massachusetts teacher licensure requirements in physical education. Completion of this program allows graduate students to qualify for initial licensure at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Through graduate-level content courses and prerequisites that can be taken concurrently with graduate courses, students gain knowledge and prepare for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. In methods courses embedded with sequential field-based experiences starting in the first semester, students become more confident and competent teachers. The culminating experience for the program is a full semester student teaching placement. Career outcomes include placements as physical education teachers in grades PreK-12.
How to Apply:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: August 15
- Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: January 1
- Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1
- Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: October 1
- Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIOL 130, 132, 131, 133)
- Physiology of Exercise (AEXS 313)
- Kinesiology (AEXS 319)
- Performance Assessment (MOST 410)
- Psychology or Sociology of Sport (MOST 328 or 428 or PHED 658)
- First Aid & CPR Certification
Skills and Techniques - 6 credits from the list below
- PEPC Fitness for Life (1 credit)
- Choose 2 credits from the following selectives:
- basketball, volleyball, track and field, educational gymnastics, target games, striking games, territorial and invasion games, racket, net and wall games.
WSI or Lifeguard (1 credit)
Outdoor Adventure (.5 credits)
- Movement Across Categories
Skill Themes and Movement Concepts (.5 credit)
- A transcript review will determine if additional prerequisites are required