Education Specialist in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Matthew Grant Summer Semester: April 10 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-7161

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded. Note: MAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program.
  • Must hold a valid level four or higher teaching certificate in health, physical education, or both in Georgia or a reciprocal state.  Note: only qualified candidates with appropriate level five certificates in Georgia (or comparable and reciprocal certifications from other states) may be eligible for the level six certification following the completion of degree requirements. 
Verification of Employment and Years of Teaching Form
  • This applied graduate program requires applicants to be directly involved in coaching an athletic sport and have access to student-athletes for observational analysis purposes.  (The specific coaching setting and nature of the coaching experience have to be approved by the graduate coordinator.)

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required) 

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.

500 Word Writing Sample

  • A written statement (400-500 words) describing your interest in the program and post-degree plans.  The written statement must demonstrate writing skill and goals consistent with the outcomes of the degree program. 
  •  Download the Ed.S. Writing Sample Directions and Scoring Rubric.

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This documentation is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This documentation must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • The EDS in Coaching Pedagogy admits for summer semesters. 
  • Since this is a fully online program, candidates must:
    • Have access to a reliable computer with Internet access.
    • Must possess and have working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash Player.
    • Must have access to video recording equipment and general working knowledge of how to upload and/or burn media to computers.

International Applicants 

The Ed.S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education is a fully online program. Federal homeland security guidelines state that student visas cannot be issued for online programs.

Prospective students whose first language is not English and those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Please note: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this program applicants must hold a clear/renewable teaching certificate (T-5 or higher) in the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate in another state.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

 Admission Classifications

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Probationary status is not available for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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