Master's in Physical Education with
 Initial Certification

Master's in Physical Education with <br/> &nbspInitial Certification

Physical Education Initial Certification/Master's Degree Program

Canisius is Transforming Education

Canisius has developed a new, clinically-rich physical education program designed to provide you with the practical experience and knowledge you need to open the door to a new career in education.
This program prepares career changers and college graduates to become teachers who make a difference in the lives of children.  Our innovative curriculum immerses aspiring teachers in the classroom and integrates theory, practice, and content into daily teaching and learning.

With our clinically-rich practicums, you will gain real world experience through field placements and student teaching in diverse educational settings.  This in-depth training will provide you with the professional background to build your resume and allow you to enter your first classroom with confidence.

Prepare to succeed.  The new curriculum is fully aligned with the New York State (NYS) standards for teacher preparation and will prepare you for the new NYS certification tests and edTPA assessments.  Our focus is to provide you with the best possible teacher preparation to enable you to meet all certification requirements and become a transformational teacher.

As a graduate of this program, you will have the opportunity to earn your initial teaching certification as you earn your master’s degree, allowing you to teach in New York State.  Canadian students will be certified in New York and then eligible for certification in Ontario. Our graduates become part of a lifelong Canisius community of educators that make a meaningful difference in the lives of all students.

Classes begin in the Fall & Spring semesters.

Pre-requisite Information

Based upon evaluation of undergraduate transcripts, a program will be developed to ensure completion of undergraduate courses needed to meet New York State requirements for teaching physical education. These courses include: individual games, team games, dance/gymnastics, human anatomy & physiology w/lab, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and CPR/first aid/lifeguard/water safety certification (US) or Health elective (Canadian).

In addition to the physical education prerequisites described above, completion of 3 credit hours in a foreign language is required for teacher certification in New York State. Two full years of foreign language in high school will also meet this requirement.

Associated Organizations

American Kinesiology Association      National Athletic Trainers' Association logo