This online program enables licensed North Carolina teachers to acquire advanced competencies in physical education. Acquisition of the MAEd qualifies graduates for master’s-level salary when employed by a North Carolina school district. Additionally, the program complements completion of the requirements for National Board Certification.

The master of education (MAEd) is awarded by the College of Education in conjunction with the Department of Kinesiology. To be eligible, applicants must hold a current North Carolina Teaching License. If the license is not in physical education, applicants may be required to fulfill additional prerequisites.

ECU Advantage

The mission of the College of Health and Human Performance is to improve health, well-being, and quality of life. By providing instruction, conducting research, and performing service in health, exercise science, recreation, and leisure, the college strives to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning enhancement of health, physical performance, and quality of life of individuals and communities, particularly those is eastern North Carolina.

Our faculty offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of Kinesiology, Health Education and Promotion, and Recreation and Leisure Studies. The college is also home to the Air Force and Army ROTC programs which offer minors that can be combined with other degrees on campus.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Bomna Ko (153 Minges Coliseum; 252-328-0017; kob@ecu.edu)

The program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. as follows:

Physical education teaching area - 24 s.h.

(Select one of the following concentrations.)

    Adapted physical education:
    • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
    • KINE 5305 - Motor Development
    • KINE 5903 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sensory Impairments
    • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
    • 3 s.h. elective
    Physical education pedagogy:
    • KINE 6101 - Technology and Assessment for Physical Education Teacher Education
    • KINE 6104 - Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
    • KINE 6108 - Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education
    • KINE 6109 - Clinical Supervision in Physical Education
    • KINE 6110 - Professional Issues in Physical Education Teacher Education
    • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
    • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
    • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
    Final product requirement:

    In addition to successfully passing a written comprehensive exam, a research project (KINE 6994) or a professional portfolio (KINE 6990, KINE 6991) is required.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
    • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
    • Restaurants, Hotels and Hospitality
    • Coaches and Scouts

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.