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MA Physical Education

Director: Dr. Tommy Thompson
Professor and Coordinator, Physical Education Program
Office: Jones Health and PE Center, Room 3
Phone: 910.521.6385
Email: tommy.thompson@uncp.eduTommy Thompson


Prospective students should email the Graduate Office at or visit the website at

Program Description

To enhance the physical educator's understanding and knowledge of human movement, the graduate program in Physical Education seeks to encompass the elements of biological study, fitness, wellness, health, recreation, and physical education into a directed, comprehensive study of the discipline and how to teach it. The graduate program must be broader than the undergraduate's physical education preparation, and to that end, will be a multi-disciplinary study that aims to help inservice teachers prepare for the teaching of physical education at all levels of learning and curriculum preparation. The program will seek to challenge the graduate student in all areas of advanced university study relative to the discipline and to teacher-effectiveness.

Program Goals

The graduate program in Physical Education is designed

1. to prepare physical educators in the field of human movement physiology as it relates in the teaching of physical education, athletics, and leisure activities;

2. to extend the graduate student's understanding of the basic principles of educational management, supervision, leadership, and/or administration;

3. to help the graduate student to understand the role of educational psychology in teaching, coaching, and administration;

4. to stress the importance of a sound understanding of legal issues in schools, athletes, recreation, and any movement education facility;

5. to help the graduate student to construct curriculum design in various phases of health, wellness, fitness, physical education, recreation, etc.;

6. to provide an expanded grasp of research trends in the teaching of human movement and healthful living;

7. to help the graduate student to understand the principles of facilities, finances, budgeting, funding, etc., in a variety of sectors;

8. to help the graduate student to develop the ability to objectively review educational issues affecting students, families, sports, and schools.



Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011


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