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.
  • Must hold initial teaching certification in health, physical education, or health and physical education in Georgia or a reciprocal state.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • Target GRE Requirements (on testing sessions since August 2011)
    • 140 Quantitative
    • 146 Verbal
    • 3.5 Analytical
  • Target GRE Requirements (on testing sessions before August 2011)
    • 850 combined Verbal and Quantitative or Analytical score, with a Verbal score no less than 400
  • Target MAT Requirement
    • Testing sessions since October 2004: 390
    • Testing sessions before October 2004: 36
Verification of Employment and Years of Teaching Form
  • Must have three years of verifiable public school teaching experience AND must currently be coaching an athletic sport at the middle or high school level.

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

  • Must have 3 years of verifiable public school teaching experience.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required) 

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

500 Word Writing Sample

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of 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. Contact the Graduate School or the KSPE department for the next available cohort.
  • 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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