Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Sport Education, Master of Arts

The Sport Education program is designed to assist in the advanced preparation of individuals who are involved with sport- and fitness-related endeavors. These fields of endeavors may include physical education programs, coaching environments, fitness centers, sport clubs, and other physical-activity settings. The development of skills will be accomplished through coursework, research, and pedagogical experience. Students will benefit from a synthesis of current and applicable information derived from both theory and practice.

The Sport Education program, which can be completed entirely online, includes thirty credit hours in five components: methodology, science, socio-culture, administration, and elective. The primary focus of the program is instructional expertise in sport-related settings. The elective component of the program consists of six hours of additional subject-area work.

This program does not include recommendation for graduate-level NC teaching licensure.

Admission Requirements

Program-specific requirements for full admission are the following.

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on all previous academic work beyond high school.
  2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.
  3. Professional references are not required for admission into the Sport Education program.

A student must normally enroll in only SPED 600 during the first Fall semester of enrollment. Enrollment in an additional course during the first Fall semester of enrollment requires approval from the program coordinator.

Program Goals

Integrating Christian values, concepts, and ideas, the Master of Arts in Sport Education is designed to meet the following goals:

  1. Provide in-depth study in a carefully selected curriculum specifically intended to foster the development of individual potential for becoming optimally effective in their chosen professions;
  2. Provide advanced preparation for ethical leadership in Sport Education;
  3. Develop the skills essential for the research of various aspects of Sport Education;
  4. Develop the capacity to interpret and then apply the findings of research to actual practices;
  5. Develop skills and understanding of the numerous teaching styles used in effective instruction; and
  6. Foster a responsibility to make positive change in the student’s chosen profession and the global community. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to develop, discuss, and defend a comprehensive plan for risk prevention and management implementing key cases, concepts, and laws.
  2. Students will demonstrate a balanced understanding of social issues in sport and physical activity and discuss using biblical, moral, and ethical reasoning.
  3. Students will be advocates for the responsible inclusion of a diverse group of participants within their career settings.
  4. Students will be competent in the identification of a variety of instructional techniques and strategies suitable for their career settings.
  5. Students will be knowledgeable in the use, consumption, and application of formal research methodologies.
  6. Students will critically identify and evaluate administrative practices within their chosen careers with regard to topics such as time management, goal setting, and decision-making.
  7. Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of select wellness-related topics relevant to today’s society.
  8. Students will be knowledgeable in physiological concepts related to the training and conditioning of athletes in the areas of developing muscular fitness, cardiovascular endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility.

Sport Education Curriculum (30 hours)

Required Courses (24 hours)

SPED 600Research in Sport Pedagogy

3

SPED 601Instructional Strategies

3

SPED 602Scientific Principles of Human Performance

3

SPED 603Contemporary Concepts of Wellness

3

SPED 604Sport in Society

3

SPED 605Sport and Physical Education for Diverse Populations

3

SPED 606Sport and Physical Education Administration

3

SPED 607Legal Issues of Sport and Physical Education

3

Electives (6 hours)

Choose two of the following.
SPED 608Psychology of Sport

3

SPED 609Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction

3

SPED 610Theories of Motor Development

3

SPED 611Physical Education Seminar

3

SPED 612Leadership and Ethics in Sport Pedagogy

3

SPED 613Coaching Theory

3

SPED 555Special Topics

3

During the final semester of enrollment or the semester immediately following the completion of all coursework, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination, based on the cumulative coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 30