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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

A minimum of 36 hours is required for this degree. Because of Georgia Professional Standards Commission content requirements, students may need to complete additional coursework.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 1

Health and Physical Education, M.A.T.

If you're looking to teach in health and physical education from pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade settings, the Georgia State University master of arts in teaching in health and physical education is designed for you.

While in the program, students learn the content knowledge required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification in health and physical education and graduates are eligible for the induction teaching certificate in Georgia.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Health & Physical Education, M.A.T. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • To meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment prior to program admission. Visit the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment or information and how to register for the assessment.

Program of Study

Master of Arts in Teaching in Health and Physical Education

Professional Studies (9)
Required (9):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)

Teaching Field (21)
Required (9):

  • KH 7240 Advanced Teaching Skills in Health, Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • KH 7250 Teaching Models for Health and Physical Education (3)
  • KH 7780 Drug Use Prevention and Intervention (3)

Select four (12 hours) with adviser’s consent or any other courses with adviser’s approval:

  • KH 6940 Workshop in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 6960 Seminar (3)
  • KH 7230 Developing Teaching Skills for HPE/APE (3)
  • KH 7260 Methods of Observation in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 7460 Using Popular Culture to Reduce Youth Risk Behaviors (3)
  • KH 7470 Using Technology to Assess in Health, Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • KH 7480 Curriculum Development for Health, Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • KH 8650 Physical Education for Students with Developmental, Physical and Sensory Disabilities (3)
  • KH 8655 Inclusion through Disability Sport (3)

Inquiry for Practice (6)

  • KH 7790 Current Issues in School Health and Physical Education (3)

Choose one of the following with permission of adviser (3):

  • KH 7370 Foundations for Effective Portfolio Design (3)
  • KH 7990 Master’s Thesis (3)

Program total: minimum of 36 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

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Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in physical education teacher education is a graduate-level degree that prepares students who are passionate about teaching and want to make a difference in the lives of young people. This program equips students to teach physical education in pre-K through 12th-grade schools. Through a curriculum that includes field-based experiences, online courses, and face-to-face instruction, the MAT degree provides students with a deeper understanding of the physical education curriculum, the knowledge necessary to create and implement engaging and challenging health and physical education experiences that address the physical and emotional well-being of all students, as well as assessment of student learning and instructional adaptations. Graduates will use their acquired knowledge and leadership skills to collaborate with school professionals and promote health and physical education within the school and the community.



Graduates from this program have begun careers in local school districts. School districts employing recent program graduates include:

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools


Kinesiology and Health
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Mailing Address & Office Location
Georgia State Sports Arena
125 Decatur Street SE, Suite 137
Atlanta, GA 30303

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