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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Health and Physical Education

With U.S. obesity rates steadily rising — especially in children — health and physical education has never been such an important part of the school day. With Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Health and Physical Education degree, you can make a difference, right from the start. Help students in grades PreK-12 learn to develop healthy habits, enjoy exercise, and appreciate the importance of activity while boosting their awareness and confidence. You’ll gain the advanced skills and pedagogical knowledge needed to educate children about fitness, health, and wellness — and change their lives for the better.

This MEd program is designed for PreK-12 health and physical educators who want to grow and update their knowledge base while increasing their leadership, curriculum development, and program planning skills. For Oregon and Washington residents, this concentration allows teachers to add health, physical education, or both endorsements to an existing license, with the addition of a practicum and the teaching of a work sample (one each for health and PE, if both are desired) and with the passing of the ORELA/NES Health and/or ORELA/NES PE tests.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by experienced practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. Clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having a lasting impact on the lives of your students.

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Fall 2019
Program Length 14-36 Months
Credits 33 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Health and Physical Education program will demonstrate skills in:
Advanced Assessment Skills

Advanced Assessment Skills

Understand and apply the current research for advanced teaching and assessment techniques as well as curriculum development in the field of health and physical education

Diversity Skills

Diversity Skills

Strategies for providing a supportive classroom culture for the diverse learning community

Instructional Development

Instructional Development

Using the knowledge from current research and community partnerships, as well as best practices in the field, the candidate will assess their PreK–12 students' health and physical education needs and motivations

Program Implementation Skills

Program Implementation Skills

The candidate will utilize data-based knowledge to guide the PreK–12 students in designing and safely implementing fitness, health and wellness program plans



The candidate will create appropriate health and physical education instruction that responds to the varying student motivations along the diverse learning environments


MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Health and Physical Education (33-35 Credit Hours)

  • EDGR 502 - Developing Character Through the Curriculum (3)
  • EDGR 535 - Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDGR 595 - Community of Learners (3)
  • EDGR 602 - Contemporary Educational Thought (3)
The core classes of this program may be taken online or on campus, but the concentration courses are only offered on our Portland campus.
  • EDHP 515 - Issues and Research in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • EDHP 516 - Authentic and Alternative Assessment in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • EDHP 517 - Innovative Curriculum in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • EDHP 518 - Managing the Diverse Health and Physical Education Environment (3)
  • EDHP 519 - Health Practicum (2)
  • EDHP 520 - Physical Education Practicum (2)
  • EDGR 500 - Professional Planning Seminar (1)

Choose one or both practicums. Both practicums must be completed for licensure for Health and PE.

  • EDGR 601 - Educational Research (3)
The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.


  • EDGR 696 - Practitioner Inquiry (3)
  • EDGR 698 - Action Research (3)

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