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2007-2008 Graduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Education Concentration

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Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree with a major/minor in Physical Education or equivalent.
  2. An undergraduate degree other than Physical Education/Kinesiology requires 21 units of prerequisites in undergraduate courses which include: Adapted Physical Education, Kinesiology, Measurement and Evaluation, Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology or Sport in Society, Motor Development or Motor Learning, and Elementary Physical Education or Secondary Pedagogy in Physical Education be taken prior to being admitted to classified standing.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.5 is required.
  4. A total score of at least 100 using the following formula for grade point average, based on the last 60 units of college/university work, and the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT):
    GPA X 20 + MAT score = total score. For example, a student with a GPA of 3.0 and an MAT score of 40 would qualify for admission with a total score of 100 (3.0 X 20 + 40 = 100). As an alternative, submit a score received within the last five years of a minimum score of 980 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  6. Fulfill the writing competency requirement by submitting a score received within the last five years of at least 41 on the writing section of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or a score of 4.0 on the GRE Writing Assessment Test.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the Graduate/Postbaccalaureate Application for Admission and submit to the Graduate School. If you are CSU Stanislaus alumni and you have not taken courses at another university since your graduation at Stanislaus, you may use the Alumni Application for Admission. The application deadlines for fall and spring are posted on the Web site at
  2. Complete the Master’s in Education, Concentration in Physical Education Application and submit to the Department of Physical Education and Health Graduate Program Coordinator. This application form is avaialable as a PDF file on the department’s Graduate Program Website at, or as a hard copy in the Department’s office (FH141).
  3. Send two copies of official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the Graduate School.
  4. Send official scores from within the last five years for the MAT or the GRE to the Department of Physical Education and Health.
  5. Send official scores from within the last five years for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Writing Assessment Test or the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) Writing Section to the Department of Physical Education and Health.
  6. Send three letters of recommendation to the Department of Physical Education and Health Graduate Program Coordinator indicating the applicant’s commitment to graduate study in physical education, professional effectiveness, and potential for influencing education.

Classification Status

  1. Postbaccalaureate: Unclassified Status: A student may be admitted to the University, but not to the Physical Education Graduate Program if prerequisites have not been met (such as the lack of an undergraduate major in Physical Education). Admission to the University in Postbaccalaureate: Unclassified status implies no guarantee of future admission to the Physical Education Graduate program.
  2. Conditionally Classified Status: A student may be admitted to the Physical Education Program as Conditionally Classified when a limited number of prerequisites have not been met, such as completion of an upper-division statistics course and/or the writing proficiency examination. Students may enroll in a limited number of graduate courses, but must complete the prerequisites within two semesters.
  3. Fully Classified Status: A student who meets all of the admission criteria will be admitted into the Physical Education Graduate Program as fully classified and may proceed to take graduate courses without limitations.

Grade Requirements

  1. A total of nine units may be transferred from an accredited graduate school in the United States or abroad.
  2. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL examination with scores of at least 550 prior to being admitted to the Program.
  3. The minimum academic grade point average for earning the M.A. degree is 3.0. No course with a grade below C- may apply toward a master’s degree program.
  4. All coursework, including the Thesis/Project, must be completed within seven years.

Teaching Credentials

Before admission to the credential program, students must be cleared for subject matter competence. The Department of Physical Education and Health will certify students for competence in appropriate subject matter content when they:

  1. Complete an approved California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Physical Education, or
  2. Earn a passing score on the Single Subject Examination in Physical Education, Test #09 and the CSET Examination in Physical Education.
  3. Demonstrate University requirement competency in skills or subject areas commonly taught in California public schools. These include dance, sports and games, aquatics, and gymnastics. Competency in skills may be obtained by passing 16 or more units at CSU Stanislaus in theory and analysis and theory of coaching classes with the instructor approving the skill level (grade C– or better). If the instructor does not approve the skill level, the student must take remedial action to improve deficient skills and then pass a skills test.
  4. Appeal Process:
    1. There is no appeal for 1 and 2.
    2. Students who do not pass a skills test on the second attempt may request a committee of three qualified faculty to administer and score the next test.


(31 units)


*Prior to enrolling in PHED 5960 or PHED 5990, successful completion of the following courses is required: EDGS 5510, 5600, 5610, and two courses from the following group: PHED 5010, 5020, 5030, and 5040. Six units from these prerequisites may be taken concurrently with PHED 5960 or PHED 5990 with approval from the program coordinator.

Once all coursework is completed, students are required to maintain continuous enrollment (fall, winter, spring, and summer) in EDUC 7005 Continuing Thesis or Project until all degree requirements have been met.

** 4000- or 5000-level education course(s) selected in consultation with the program coordinator and approval from the Graduate Committee when necessary.

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