Program Overview

The College of Education and Human Sciences offers a Master of Science in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. It is fully online with courses designed in an 8-week format. The program is designed for anyone with a bachelor's degree and an interest in sports or physical education. It is particularly appealing to physical education teachers and coaches pursuing professional advancement. The degree focuses on physical activity environments and practices in pedagogy.

For more about the graduate student experience, visit Plan III of the Master's Degree Roadmap and Guidelines.

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the College of Education for more details.


Learning Goals

Through instruction, practice and coursework, students will,

  • learn ways to improve instructional effectiveness;
  • use curricular models for best practices in instruction, coaching or teaching;
  • understand the physical activity and physical education challenges faced in schools and recreational settings;
  • develop advocacy skills; and
  • understand the intricate nature of supervising in professional settings.


Tuition and Fees

Standard tuition rates apply.

Admission Requirements

The degree is offered as a Master's Degree Plan III Option, (a coursework-only program), which consists of 33 total credit hours.

Admission Requirements include,

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A letter of intent;
  • Official transcripts from every higher education institution previously attended.

Important Dates

This program offers rolling enrollment, meaning you can begin in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Be sure to apply for the program at least two weeks prior to your intended starting semester so there is enough time to get your paperwork submitted and accepted. Please view the University of New Mexico semester dates to establish when you would like to begin the program.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Master of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, a minimum of 33 credit hours are required.

Minimum Credit Hour Requirements
Core Requirements18 credit hours
Electives15 credit hours
Total33 credit hours
Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursSemester Offered
PEP 501Curriculum Construction in Physical Education3Spring
PEP 570Analysis of Teaching3Summer
PEP 571Assessment and Data Literacy in Physical Education3Summer
PEP 583Socio-political Issues in Teaching Physical Education3Summer
PEP 584Readings in Physical Education3Fall
PEP 590Supervision in Physical Education3Spring

By advisor approval, five (5) electives at the 500 level are selected from Physical Education or a related area.

Electives (15 credit hours)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
EDUC 500

Research Applications to Education

EDUC 502

Advanced Instructional Strategies

EDUC 512The Process of Reflection and Inquiry3
EDUC 520Effective Teaching and Student Learning3
EDUC 542Principles of Curriculum Development3
EDUC 552Social Justice in Education3
EDUC 563Mentoring Educators and Professional Growth3
MSET 570Digital Game-Based Learning3
MSET 571Multimedia Literacy for Educators3

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 33 credit hours, (18 core, 15 electives)
Length of Classes: 8 weeks per course

College/School: College of Education

Tuition: Tuition & Fee Information.


Website: Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences
Phone: 505-277-8173