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Kinesiology & Recreation - Physical Education Pedagogy

The Physical Education Pedagogy graduate sequence is offered 100% online. This sequence provides students with the educational background necessary to enhance their knowledge base and skills in teaching physical education K-12. The sequence is designed for people who already have a degree in Physical Education Teacher Education or a teaching license to teach physical education. The program is not designed to lead to a license/certification or endorsement in physical education.

The sequence is sensitive to the needs of in-service teachers and all classes are offered online. Physical Education graduate students may choose to be full time or part time students based on their needs and situation. 

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program. If you do not meet the 3.0 GPA standard, you may be considered if your GRE scores for the verbal and quantitative sections are above the 40th percentile (approximately 149 each on verbal and qualitative reasoning).
  • submit current resume, outlining your education and work history (2 page maximum)
  • submit a statement of career goals
  • submit names and email addresses of three references for letters of recommendation within the online application

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Summer (May)  April 15 
Fall (August)  February 1 
Fall (August)  March 1 for International students 
Spring (January)  October 15 
Spring (January)  October 1 for International students 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone Note
Skip Williams  McCormick 150F  (309) 438-1114  Sequence Coordinator 
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