Graduate Programs in Physical Education

As a result of Western Carolina University's program prioritization process, the M.A.T. and M.A.Ed. in Healthy and Physical Education have been scheduled for discontinuation.  If you have general concerns and questions, information can be found on the Program Prioritization webpage at or you can also contact the program director or the School of Teaching and Learning at 828.227.7108.

Our master's programs help students prepare for teaching physical education in public schools, college-level instruction, entry into doctoral programs, or success in a variety of related careers.

Degree Program Offerings
We offer you three master's programs as outlined below.

  • M.A.Ed. - Comprehensive Education: This program is for those who have an initial North Carolina teaching license in Physical Education (K-12) and want to earn an advanced North Carolina teaching license in Physical Education (K-12).
  • M.A.T. – Master of Arts in Teaching: This program is for those who do not have a North Carolina teaching license in Physical Education (K-12) but want to earn an advanced North Carolina license in Physical Education (K-12).

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Assistantships carry a nine-month stipend and are renewable for the second year.

Endowed Scholarship
The Otto H. Spilker Endowed Scholarship has been fully endowed and allows us to award a scholarship of approximately $500 annually to an outstanding graduate student in physical education. The scholarship recipient is selected in the spring of each year and is awarded to the student in the fall of the following academic year.

To Learn More
To learn more about our degree programs, graduate assistantships, or endowed scholarship, please contact us.


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