Increase your skills and marketability by earning a master’s degree in Education (Health and Physical Education). Our flexible program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time enrollment. 

Your Schedule, Your Pace

With many of the required courses offered online, you can structure the program to fit your schedule. If you’re seeking professional development, you may take classes at your own pace.

Classes are offered during the summer and in the evening during the academic year to suit a variety of schedules.

Internships

Students complete a five-credit community health internship in a school or community setting of your choice, and in your specific area of interest while offering opportunities for children and adults in your community. 

  • Community Health
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Adapted Physical Education

In addition, you will work with a school or community agency and submit a grant proposal to fund a community/school initiative that will positively impact health and wellness.

License

Graduates of the program meet current eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License. Those who elect to pursue the adapted P.E. internship will meet all requirements to register for the national examination to become a Certified Adapted P.E. Specialist. If you complete the community health internship you will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Career Paths

  • Teaching in K-12 schools
  • Coaching and/or teaching at the college level
  • Working with community health organizations, non-profit agencies and health coalitions
  • Managing city/county Parks and Recreation departments
  • Serving as a health advocate
  • Teaching adaptive physical education

 

 

Courses & Requirements

Coursework focuses on current trends in health and physical education and effectively utilizes field research. 

  • Track A (already licensed Health & P.E. Teachers): 33 credits 
  • Track B (licensed in a discipline other than Health & P.E.): (Must take KINS 501 Principles of Teaching P.E. & HLTH 501 Core Content in Health Education as electives)

*If you are seeking licensure with an HPE master’s degree, contact the program coordinator directly to discuss an individualized plan and timeline for completion.

Summer I - Hybrid Course 

  • KINS 564, Adapted P.E. 

Summer II- Online Courses 

  • HLTH 675 Community Health Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation (Track A Elective for Community Health Internship)
  • EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory 
  • EDUC 671 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction and Instructional Programs 

Track B Electives 

  • KINS 501 Principles of Teaching P.E.
  • HLTH 501 Core content in Health Education

Fall Semester - On Campus 

Monday:  4:30-7:15 p.m.- KINS 530 Curriculum & Instruction in P.E. 
Tuesday: 4:45-7:30 p.m.- HLTH 525 Curriculum & Instruction in Health Ed.
Wednesday:  6-8:45 p.m.- EDUC 502 Research Design 

Spring Semester - On Campus 

Monday:  4:30-7:15 p.m. - KINS 520 Developing Leadership Skills in Health & P.E. 
Tuesday: 4:45-7:15 p.m. - KINS 504 Principles of Coaching
Online:    HLTH 691- Professional Portfolio (online, end of program requirement)

Choose one:

  • HLTH 684- Community Health Internship (flexible, can be set up at current place of employment or hometown) (*Must take HLTH 675 as elective)
  • HLTH 683- Internship in Health Education
  • KINS 681- Internship in P.E.
  • KINS 682- Internship in Adapted P.E. (*Must take KINS 534 as elective instead of HLTH 675)

Application Procedures & Deadlines

Learn more about our Graduate Admission Requirements and Application Procedures & Deadlines.

Graduate Studies Applications for part-time enrollment are accepted on a rolling basis.

Costs & Financial Aid

Visit Longwood's Graduate student tuition estimates and hours webpage.

Graduate Assistantships are available.