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Master of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education (MSE-PE / Traditional Masters)

  Within this degree program, there are three concentrations from which to choose:

  1. Teacher Education Concentration:  Admission to this program requires clear and renewable teacher certification (Class B certification) in physical education from an accredited institution. Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a Class A teacher certification in physical education (P-12).  The MS.Ed. with a major in physical education and a concentration in P-12 Teacher Education is a two-year online program. It may be possible to complete the program requirements in less than two years depending on the frequency of course offerings. The program was designed with current practitioners in mind and is completely online and some classes may require contact with K-12 students so it is helpful, though not required, to be working in a K-12 setting.
  2. Human Performance Concentration:  Admission to this program requires completion of a fourth-year (Bachelors) degree in Exercise Science or a closely-related field.  The graduate concentration in Human Performance is designed to prepare students for advanced study in exercise physiology and future employment in strength and conditioning, adult fitness, and wellness and corporate fitness. Special attention is also given to the knowledge and skills necessary for certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and American College Sports Medicine certifications (e.g., Personal Trainer, Health/Fitness Specialist).  The Human Performance program prepares graduates for interaction with both healthy populations and populations that are affected by chronic diseases (e.g., CVD, diabetes) and the functional changes that occur during exercise with these populations. This program is completely online and does not lead to teacher certification.
  3. Nutrition Concentration:  Admission to this program requires completion of a fourth-year (Bachelors) degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition, or a closely related field.  The graduate concentration in Nutrition at Jacksonville State University is designed to prepare students for advanced study in nutrition and future employment in the field of nutrition and related careers in wellness and corporate fitness. Special attention is also given to knowledge and skills necessary for students preparing for the ISSN Certified sport Nutrition exam and potentially preparing for a program leading to becoming a Registered Dietitian. The Nutrition program prepares graduates for interaction with both healthy active populations, and populations that are affected by chronic diseases (e.g.,CVD, diabetes) and the impact of nutritional interventions in these populations. This program is completely online and does not lead to teacher certification.

 

Master of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education (Alternative Fifth-Year Program)

This is referred to as the Alternative 5th year masters degree. It is intended for candidates already holding a degree, but not a teaching certificate. Typical candidates in this program have a recreation or exercise science degree, and at some point after graduation have decided to get certified to teach physical education. This program is not entirely online. About half of the required 63 hours is not offered online, including the student teaching component. Completion leads to eligibility for a class A  teaching certificate.

 

Educational Specialist Degree with a concentration in Physical Education (Ed.S.)

This program is almost completely online as it was created to be convenient for practicing physical educators. The writing and defense of a Problems Paper will require one to four visits to meet with your advisor and/or the graduate faculty. Meetings will be arranged at your convenience. A current 5th year (M.S.Ed.) teaching certificate in physical education is required for admission. Completion leads to eligibility for a 6th year teacher certification, also known as a class AA certificate. The program requires 30-31 hours and can normally be completed in one to three years. There is a six year time limit on accepted coursework. Please note, this is NOT a doctoral degree.


Admission Requirements and Procedures

The Graduate Bulletin contains specific information about the graduate academic programs offered by the College of Graduate Studies.  Official Graduate School policies are found in this document.  Every graduate student should have a copy and be familiar with the contents, particularly as they relate to one's own program of study.  A copy of recent graduate bulletins, including the most recent version, can be downloaded here: http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/programs/index.html.

Student must meet bulletin requirements that are in effect during the semester they are officially admitted.  Students may at some point elect to follow a newer bulletin, but may not follow an older bulletin.

Here are some page numbers where the most relevant information can be located for the 2013-2014 bulletin:

Program Admission Information Program of Study (course listing)
Ms.Ed. (traditional masters) 116-118 129-231

Educational Specialist in PE (EDS)

100-104 109
Alternative Ms.Ed. (alt 5th year) 145-148

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Almost any question one may have regarding Graduate Studies can be found in the FAQ section of the Graduate Studies web page.  You can find information on deadlines for applications, how to transfer credits, minimum GPAs, and much more: http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/faq.html
  2. Here is a list of question that prospective students often ask. More detailed answers can be found elsewhere, usually in the Graduate Bulletin or on another page within the JSU website.
    1. Where can I find important dates? Find the academic calendar. Normally one can link to it from the main JSU homepage.
    2. How do I find/buy books? Books are required for some classes, but not all. This is up to the individual instructor. All textbooks should be available in the JSU Bookstore, and they will ship books to Distance Education students. The purchase of LiveText is required for all education graduate programs. There may also come a time when proctoring cameras and services are required. If that happens, candidates will be required to purchase the camera and service, just as they would be expected to purchase a book or software package. 
    3. Is there a thesis or comprehensive exam? None of the programs require a thesis, but the Ed.S. program requires a "problems paper" that is similar in some ways to a thesis. The master's level programs require a comprehensive exam. Most of our candidates are in this region, and choose to travel to JSU to take the Exit Exam. However, candidates who do not wish to take the Exit Exam on campus can arrange for a proctored exam in their area. Information on the comprehensive exam can be found in the Graduate Bulletin. Candidates register to take the comps during the last semester of coursework. At that time a graduation check will be performed by the college of graduate studies. If the graduation check reveals that the candidate is eligible to sit for comps, they will receive further instructions at that time.
    4. How do I see an advisor? You can interact with your advisor online.
    5. How does an online course work? What computer software/hardware is needed? How do I interact with the professor? See the Distance Education webpage: http://www.jsu.edu/distance/index.html
    6. What is tuition? Tuition for the 2013-2014 year was $439/hr. A current list of tuition and fees can always be found on the Bursars' Web page: http://www.jsu.edu/bursar/tuition.html
    7. How long will it take to complete the program? Obviously that depends upon the number of hours taken each semester.  The traditional masters program and the EDS program can be completed in 2 years and possible sooner if all the needed courses line up correctly. The alt. 5th year program will normally take 5 to 7 semesters.
    8. Is there a time limit? Yes, courses taken more than 6 years before the graduation date, cannot count towards graduation requirements.
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