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Master of Education

in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

The Master of Education degree is designed for students who wish to pursue professional study in education as classroom teachers, counselors, supervisors, administrators, or in specialized areas.

The following admission requirements are for the M.Ed. in HPER degree program in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies
  • Class A teaching certificate, or its equivalent.

    A Master of Education degree applicant who does not yet qualify for an “A” certificate may be admitted to the Graduate School, but must meet the requirements of the State of Mississippi for an “A” certificate in teaching before the degree will be awarded. However, upon the recommendation of the department chair, the Dean of the College of Education may waive the requirements of satisfying certification requirements for those students currently employed or preparing for employment in junior or senior colleges, non-public institutions, or positions not requiring certification. (Waiver forms are obtained in the office of the department/division chair.) In the event that certification requirements are waived, it is incumbent upon the student to recognize this limitation upon the scope of the areas within which he or she might seek employment in the future.

    Course work included in the Class “A” teaching certification program in Health and Physical Education or undergraduate course work taken by those seeking a waiver of the Class “A” teaching certificate rule in Health and Physical Education must include the following: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and measurement and evaluation in physical education or an approved statistics course. Students who do not have these prerequisite courses may take other graduate classes while they complete the undergraduate work.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) of a minimum of 2.75 or a 3.0 on the last 64 hours of required course work. Admitted students are required to enroll in 9 hours of initial course work as specified by the division. (Prior approval is required.) NOTE: A minimum grade of B is required for each course for the initial 9 hours. A student with a grade below B in any of the three initial required courses will be allowed to repeat that course(s) one time. No additional courses toward completion of the degree may be taken until the 9-hour grade point average requirement is fully met.
  • A satisfactory score on a nationally recognized, standardized test of verbal skills.


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Graduate assistantships are offered to students seeking work experience as athletic coaches, athletic trainers, sports information personnel, and personal trainers in the health and wellness area.

Graduate assistants help to complete athletic, athletic training, and wellness professional staffs. Assistantships may be available in the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

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Requirements for Graduation
Degree Requirements. A candidate for the Master of Education degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences is required to meet the following:

1. Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University.
2. Complete graduate work consisting of core courses, major field hours and elective hours as specified. At least one half of major field courses must be at 600-level or higher.
3. Earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major field and overall.
4. Earn a B average on the education core courses (ELR 605, EPY 601, and CUR 608).
5. Pass an oral and/or written examination in the candidate’s major field administered by a committee appointed by the division chair.
6. Optional. With the consent of the advisor, a candidate may elect to write a thesis for 6 semester hours of credit in the major field.

Mary L Jones, PhD
HPER Graduate Studies Coordinator
FE Wyatt 108, Box B-2

Becky Roberson
Forest Wyatt Gym 101

Timothy E. Colbert MS, ATC, LAT
Division Chair
662-846-4561 (phone)
662-846-4571 (fax)