2019 Accredited Online Physical Education Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $20,427
Avg Salary: $62,027

Online degrees in physical education are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. There are 51 accredited online schools offering physical education degrees. We also highlight the 25 best online master's programs in physical education, ranked by tuition and alumni salaries provided by PayScale.

Prospective physical education students should ensure that their programs of choice are regionally accredited. Additionally, students looking to go into teaching will want to make sure that their programs have programmatic accreditation from CAEP to ensure the program meets high standards of academics and professional preparation. Aspiring physical education teachers will also have to check on the specific teacher licensing requirements for their state.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Physical Education Degrees ( 51)

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Arkansas State University HLC $14,778 50% (4 reviews)
59 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of General Studies - Physical Education
Auburn University at Montgomery SACS COC $17,140 Add Review
35 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Physical Education
  • Traditional Master's in Physical Education
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
160 Programs, 3 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coach Education
  • Master of Arts in Athletic Coaching Education
  • Physical Education with a Coaching Specialization Licensure
Canisius College MSCHE $36,454 100% (2 reviews)
25 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Physical Education (Professional Certification)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education and Athletics
Central Washington University NWCCU $22,010 100% (1 review)
45 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Athletic Administration
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $30,270 55% (49 reviews)
55 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Health and PE Endorsement Certificate
DePaul University HLC $39,010 100% (1 review)
70 Programs, 3 in Physical Education (view all)
  • MA in Educational Leadership -Physical Education
  • MEd in Educational Leadership - Physical Education
  • MS in Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership (Non-Thesis)
East Carolina University SACS COC $23,420 100% (4 reviews)
120 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Physical Education Clinical Supervision
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (3 reviews)
71 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Sports and Recreation Management
  • Master of Science in Physical Education - Sport Administration
Eastern Oregon University NWCCU $19,682 80% (5 reviews)
57 Programs, 8 in Physical Education (view all)
  • BA in Physical Activity and Health
  • BA in Physical Activity and Health - Community Health
  • BA in Physical Activity and Health - Exercise Science
  • BA in Physical Activity and Health - Physical Education and Sport
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
65 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Gardner Webb University SACS COC $30,700 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Sport Education
Georgia Southern University SACS COC $17,142 Add Review
70 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology - Coaching Education
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology - Physical Education
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Education - Health and Physical Education Pathway
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Health and Physical Education
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $25,980 29% (7 reviews)
143 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
26 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 100% (1 review)
61 Programs, 4 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Educational Specialist - Physical Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Physical Education: Human Performance
  • Master of Science in Education - Physical Education: Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Education - Physical Education: Teacher Education
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 59% (247 reviews)
543 Programs, 7 in Physical Education (view all)
  • GRAD CERT: Outdoor Adventure Sport
  • MS: Sport Management: Coaching & Athletic Administration (Non-Thesis)
  • MS: Sport Management: Coaching & Athletic Administration (Thesis)
  • MS: Sport Management: Outdoor Adventure Sport (Non-Thesis)
McNeese State University SACS COC $15,958 100% (1 review)
26 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance - Health Promotion
North Dakota State University - Main Campus HLC $20,692 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (214 reviews)
266 Programs, 4 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Doctor of Education - Sports Management
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Sports Management
  • Master of Education - Sports Management
  • PhD in Education - Sports Management
Northwest Missouri State University HLC $12,908 Add Review
15 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • M.S.Ed.: Health & Physical Education
Salem University HLC $16,700 100% (1 review)
54 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • BS Education - Physical Education
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville HLC $24,651 100% (2 reviews)
25 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education in Kinesiology - Physical Education and Coaching Pedagogy
Tennessee Tech University SACS COC $24,377 Add Review
46 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Exercise Science - Elementary and Secondary School Physical Education
Texas A & M University-Commerce SACS COC $20,884 86% (7 reviews)
50 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies - Physical Education Pedagogy
Towson University MSCHE $22,140 Add Review
28 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • M.S. in Kinesiology
University College WASC WSCUC $10,200 Add Review
83 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • MS in Physical Education
  • MS in Physical Education - Sport Management
University of Alabama at Birmingham SACS COC $19,032 100% (1 review)
94 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Ed.S. with Physical Education Teacher Certification
  • MS in Kinesiology - Physical Education Teacher Certification
University of Arkansas HLC $24,308 100% (2 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Physical Education
University of Idaho NWCCU $23,812 100% (2 reviews)
58 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Physical Education & Physical Activity Pedagogy
University of Iowa HLC $30,609 Add Review
63 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Interscholastic Athletics/Activities Director
University of Mary HLC $18,224 100% (3 reviews)
67 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • MEd - Physical Education and Athletic Administration
University of Memphis SACS COC $21,029 50% (2 reviews)
97 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities HLC $26,603 100% (1 review)
51 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Well-Being Coaching
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,194 0% (1 review)
147 Programs, 9 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Endorsement in Special Education Generalist 7-12 - Physical Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Physical Education Master Teacher
  • Master of Arts in Education - Physical Education Master Teacher: Pedagogy (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Physical Education Master Teacher: Pedagogy (Thesis Option)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro SACS COC $22,409 100% (3 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Doctor of Education in Kinesiology
University of North Georgia SACS COC $12,834 Add Review
32 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology - Health and Physical Education
University of Northern Colorado HLC $21,132 Add Review
61 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership
University of Northern Iowa HLC $19,241 Add Review
32 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • MA in Physical Education - Pedagogy
University of South Carolina-Columbia SACS COC $31,962 Add Review
71 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education
University of South Florida - Main Campus SACS COC $17,324 80% (5 reviews)
140 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • M.A. in Physical Education
University of Southern Mississippi SACS COC $10,218 0% (1 review)
63 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology - Physical Education
University of the Cumberlands SACS COC $23,000 100% (4 reviews)
174 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader: Health & Physical Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Art, Health, Music, Physical Education P-12
University of West Alabama SACS COC $16,818 100% (3 reviews)
86 Programs, 7 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in Physical Education P-12
  • Master of Education in Physical Education P-12 (With Certification)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education
  • Master of Science in Physical Education - Athletic Training
University of Wyoming HLC $16,827 100% (2 reviews)
42 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health - Physical Education Teaching (Non-Thesis Option)
Utah State University NWCCU $21,520 100% (12 reviews)
65 Programs, 1 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Physical & Sport Education
Valdosta State University SACS COC $17,196 100% (7 reviews)
68 Programs, 3 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education with a Concentration in Health and Physical Education
  • Master of Education in Health and Physical Education
West Virginia University HLC $23,616 100% (1 review)
53 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • MS: Physical Education Teacher Education
  • MS: Sport Management - Comprehensive Sport Industry Management
Western Kentucky University SACS COC $25,512 0% (1 review)
147 Programs, 3 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Middle Grades Education - Physical Education
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Secondary Education - Physical Education
Western Michigan University HLC $14,699 Add Review
35 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Physical Education - Adapted
  • Master of Arts in Physical Education - Pedagogy
William Carey University SACS COC $12,300 100% (2 reviews)
18 Programs, 2 in Physical Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Online Physical Education Degree Overview & Career Information

An online associate degree prepares students to transfer to a bachelor's program, or to find certain entry-level jobs in fitness-related careers such as coaching or fitness training. An online bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement needed to become a licensed teacher. Master's degree programs are available for those who are already working as teachers and who want to add to their skill set, or for those looking to make a career switch to teaching. Lastly, certificate programs in physical education may be an appropriate option for those who already have a bachelor's degree and want to go into teaching, but who don't want to commit to a full master's program.

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Online Associate Degrees in Physical Education

Graduates of an online associate degree in physical education are eligible to find work in related areas such as fitness training. Coursework will include general education classes in the humanities and sciences, as well as program-specific courses such as Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Education and the Teaching Process, Body Structure and Function, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Essentials of Human Nutrition. An associate program usually takes two years to finish and consists of at least 60 credit hours of classes. Tuition at community colleges tends to be affordable, with many degrees being offered at less than $10,000 a year.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Physical Education

Students who are determined to pursue a fully online physical education bachelor's program can expect the program to take four or five years to complete, depending on if the student is enrolled in a program that includes teacher licensure. Credit hours required may be as much as 154. Tuition will vary depending on the program an individual is enrolled in, but students can expect to pay somewhere around $18,000 a year. Admission will often require a high school diploma or GED, SAT or ACT scores, and an application.

The curriculum will be made up of general education courses as well as major-specific courses designed to teach students how to be effective educators. Example classes include Lifespan Motor Development, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Secondary School Physical Education Methods, Elementary School Physical Education Methods, Adapted Physical Education, and Educational Psychology. Student teaching is usually also required. Students may have the option to choose a specialization or minor such as Health and Physical Education, Athletic Coaching, or Physical Activity and Sport Performance. Upon completing their degree graduates will be qualified to teach physical education classes to elementary, middle, and high school students.

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Online Master's in Physical Education

Online master's programs in physical education are available for those who are currently working as a teacher and want to advance their education as well as for those who have no teaching background and are looking to begin a career in the field. To learn more about online master's programs in physical education, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Docotoral Degrees in Physical Education

In order to be admitted to a doctoral program in physical education, students must have completed a master's degree and have had at least three years of professional experience in a related field. One example of such a program is a Doctor of Education in Kinesiology, which also requires letters of recommendation from previous professors.

Doctoral programs take around four years to complete and students should expect to take a minimum of 54 credits. Coursework often includes Statistical Methods in Kinesiology, Analysis of Teaching and Learning, Physical Activity and Health, and a Field Practicum in Kinesiology. Online doctoral degrees in physical education can help prepare graduates to teach in departments such as kinesiology, athletics, and health at colleges and universities.

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Online Certificates in Physical Education

Online certificate programs are available to prepare students for a career in teaching physical education classes. These certificates are typically at the graduate level, meaning that an individual must have an undergraduate degree in order to be admitted. Depending on the program prior teaching experience or teaching-related education may or may not be required. Classes that students might take during their studies include Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Exercise Physiology for Health and Physical Education, Methods of Special and Health and Physical Education, and Educational Psychology.

Individuals who are specifically interested in teaching physical education in a distance format, such as teaching in a K-12 online school, can earn a certificate addressing these skills as well. A certificate program can take less than one year to two years to complete, depending on the scope of the program. Tuition costs vary depending on the school attended, but programs can be found for around $10,000 a year or less. Online certificate programs in physical education are available at universities.

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Accreditation

One thing that individuals should keep in mind when they are deciding on a school to attend is whether or not the school has been accredited. Accreditation means that an independent, outside organization has looked at the school or program and determined that it meets certain educational standards. Regional accreditation is when one of six regionally-based agencies evaluate a school as a whole to make sure it is living up to certain academic standards. Regional accreditation is offered to non-profit, degree-granting schools. It is important to attend a regionally accredited school for a variety of reasons, including the ease of transferring credits, access to federal financial aid, and increased assurance that the student's money is being spent on an education that will prepare them for their professional future.

Another type of accreditation is programmatic accreditation. Certain fields, such as teaching, have independent agencies dedicated to accrediting programs in that field to help students choose one that will adequately prepare them for the workforce. Students who are interested in teaching at the elementary, middle, or high school level and who are looking at physical education degrees should look for programs that are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation means the program is academically strong and that students who graduate from it will have the skills needed to be successful teachers.

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Careers in Physical Education

The primary career path for those who earn a degree in physical education is that of an elementary, middle, or high school teacher. These professionals work with children and teens of various ages and ability levels to help them learn about exercising, team work, and healthy choices. Like any other teacher, they have to plan lessons and practice classroom management. Other job choices for someone with a physical education background include coaching, athletic training, and fitness training.

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