Master of Education in Health and Physical Education

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links


Dr. Matthew Grant

Phone: 229-333-7161

Summer Semester: April 10

The program does not admit for Spring or Fall semesters 


Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
 Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
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 bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in physical education, health, or both or hold a valid level four certificate in Georgia or a reciprocal state in any of the aforementioned areas of study. 
  • Must have access to P-12 learners in a physical education school or related setting.
  • Note: Only qualified candidates with an appropriate level four certificate in Georgia (or a comparable and reciprocal certification from other states) may be eligible for level five certification following the completion of degree requirements. 
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade has been awarded. 
  • Note: MAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program

Current Resume or Curriculum Vita

  •  Must have access to P-12 learners in a physical education school setting.

Verification of Teaching Form 

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  •  Recommendation letters from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic work.

 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 Writing Sample instructions and rubric here.

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 the applicants' files 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 M.Ed. admits applicants for summer semester.  
  • Since the M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education is a fully online program, candidates must:
    • have access to a reliable computer with Internet access.
    • possess and have working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash Player.
    • have access to video recording equipment and general working knowledge of how to upload and/or burn media to computers.

International Applicants 

The M.Ed. in Health and 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-4 or higher) in the state of Georgia or a related 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.

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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