Physical Education

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy focus on the research and development of innovative approaches to K-12 physical education that help children and adolescents develop healthful living knowledge and skills.

Students can choose from specific areas of study for their graduate training depending on their own academic interests and major professors’ scope of expertise.

M.S. with Physical Education Licensure

The M.S. degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy is ideal for students who wish to continue their education in a doctoral program or who wish to combine a graduate degree and teaching licensure for physical education.

Licensure: Students combine their Kinesiology M.S. with licensure by applying to the ISU School of Education Educator Preparation Program. ISU Teacher Education Services staff members guide students through admission and along the path to licensure.

The program of study requires a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework (minimum of 33 for receiving the M.S. degree).

Ph.D. with Physical Education Licensure

The Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy prepares students to become faculty in physical education teacher education or related areas at the university level.

Department Assistantships

  • The Department of Kinesiology offers teaching assistantships to qualified graduate students.
  • The ISU Graduate College offers fellowships to qualified graduate students on a competitive basis.
  • Our Pedagogical Kinesiology Lab may (subject to funding availability) offer research assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students to assist in funded research projects. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for these assistantships.