Physical Education (Online)

Graduate: Master's Available online

School of Education & Human Services

The demanding schedules of physical education teachers and coaches can make pursuing a master’s degree a challenge. An online master’s program offers the flexibility and convenience to balance work, family and your continuing education. The program is designed for individuals wishing to achieve NYS professional certification as a physical educator. The program is designed for students with initial/provisional certification in physical education. The program does not lead to initial teaching certification in physical education. If you do not have initial/provisional certification please check with your State Education department to see if this program meets your needs. Canisius College admissions and advisors can also help you with your certification questions.

Program Description

You will research cutting edge topics in physical education instruction and learn to apply them to a physical education classroom setting. Coursework does not repeat information from undergraduate learning, but rather extends your study to the next level of learning.

While the program does not provide health education certification directly, you can take your undergraduate and graduate health credits to your respective state for health certification approval. You will complete a physical education electronic portfolio as a culmination of your degree including a mission statement, resume, sample lesson plans, and assignments associated with the program.


Canisius College's online graduate programs in education are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the nation. The rankings are based on five general categories: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. 

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2018 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, U.S. News & World Report

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