Program Description

This fully online Concentration in Physical Education is designed for practicing health and physical education teachers with the purpose of advancing their knowledge and teaching/research skills. This Concentration provides course work in physical education research, curriculum development, collaborative supervision, research in pedagogy, and advanced adapted content.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $693.25 per credit hour for VA state residents, $893.25 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. There is a 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount available for VA state residents who are eligible and apply. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

This program has a priority application deadline of April 1 and a space available deadline of August 15 for fall. This program does not have a spring start. The program begins in the summer for a two-year timeline, or begins in the fall for a three-year timeline. Apply for fall for a summer start.

For all application information and deadlines, see the CEHD Admissions site.

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Program Summary

Hybrid OR 100 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: ASTL: Physical Education

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

  • Current Physical Education/Health teachers who have been teaching for at least one year
  • Teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of physical education to bring exciting, cutting edge curriculum to their students
  • Teachers who want to grow their careers with the advantages of a master’s degree, including increased pay and an opportunity to be a voice for curriculum leadership in their schools

Why choose George Mason?

  • The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the courses help teachers think and practice like board-certified teachers.
  • One of the few online graduate programs for already practicing and/or licensed Physical Education teachers offering high-quality job-embedded coursework

Program  requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements. See the ASTL Physical Education Concentration form for course details.

Most courses in this program are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Requirements: 30 credits total

  • 12 credits ASTL core courses
  • 15 credits PE concentration courses
  • 3 Credits Elective Courses

ASTL Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective: (3 credits)

*Choose one course from the following:

Note: *Students may choose an alternate elective with advisor approval.

Tuition (2021-2022)

Virginia Resident$543.00
Non-Virginia Resident $743.00
Mandatory Student fee $150.25
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $693.25
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $893.25
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher CEHD course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.

*VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Discount applies to tuition and mandatory student fees only.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

This program is for teachers who are currently working as Physical Education teachers, but do not yet have an advanced education degree. It develops research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders with coursework that focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research supporting physical education.

Incorporating 18 credits of Physical Education coursework and 12 credits in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Core coursework in learning, inquiry, culture, and educational change, this program leads to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree. This program is non-licensure. Those interested in licensure should visit the School of Kinesiology’s Health and Physical Education program page.

Program Contact
Academic Program OfficeAdvanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL)
Phone: (703) 993-2794
ASTL Email:
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a US institution that is accredited by one of the organizations found here
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
  • One year of documented, successful teaching or related educational experience

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing this ASTL program
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University). Official transcripts are required after admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references targeting applicant’s teaching skills and academic abilities
  • For International Applicants:
    • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree, translated to English and evaluated by the Mason Office of Admissions or through a verified external evaluation service. Please visit this page for more information.
    • Verification of English language proficiency. Please see the English Proficiency Requirements page for more information.

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at or (703) 993-2010.