Education: Initial Teacher Licensure K-12 Physical Education (Graduate Certificate)

Award: Graduate Certificate
Program of Study: Initial Teacher Licensure K-12 Physical Education
Program Code: 7237

About This Program . . .

The Graduate Certificate in Education, ITL – K-12 Physical Education degree is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they seek initial state licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 30 semester hours.

The program is designed using the cohort model with a group of participants completing all requirements in a one-year cycle.  New cohorts may begin each year.

Admission to the program follows the stated guidelines for graduate admission procedures outlined in the university catalog. Additionally, students must provide three letters of reference, proof of working with youth, and a statement of purpose.

Graduate certificates will, at a minimum, align with either two Masters student learning outcomes or two Doctoral student learning outcomes, depending on certificate level. Certificates may choose to use more than two student learning outcomes, if desired. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, all recipients of this Graduate Certificate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of major area’s content knowledge and pedagogical strategies through fieldwork with learners in professional settings. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  3. Plan and deliver effective instruction to students, based on research-based pedagogical practices. (Communication Literacy/Information Literacy)
  4. Collect and critically analyze student assessment data and use results to inform planning and instruction. (Critical Thinking/Quantitative Fluency)
  5. Demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU graduate-level degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Graduate certificates consist of a minimum of 5 credit hours.  Master’s degrees consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Doctoral degrees consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • All credits in a graduate program must be minimally at the 500-level.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • Students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • Students may not apply coursework with a grade lower than a “B” toward graduation requirements.  
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Graduate Degree Requirements” in this catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.
  • All policies for graduate certificates are outlined in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual, which is provided on the Graduate Studies website

Program Specific Requirements

(30 semester hours)

  • It is recommended that students work closely with a faculty advisor when selecting courses and scheduling classes prior to registration.
EDUC 521Educational Foundations, Student Development, and Ethics3
EDUC 562Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment6
EDUC 580Secondary Instructional Methods Across the Curriculum3
EDUC 580FSecondary Instructional Methods for Physical Education3
EDUC 584Secondary Literacy Methods Across the Curriculum3
EDUC 586Accommodating Diverse and Exceptional Needs 3
EDUC 599CITL 3: Directed Teaching, Physical Education9
Total Semester Credit Hours30

It is recommended that students work closely with a faculty advisor when selecting courses and scheduling classes prior to registration.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterSemester Credit Hours
EDUC 521 Educational Foundations, Student Development, and Ethics 3
EDUC 562 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 6
EDUC 586 Accommodating Diverse and Exceptional Needs 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fall Semester
EDUC 580 Secondary Instructional Methods Across the Curriculum 3
EDUC 580F Secondary Instructional Methods for Physical Education 3
EDUC 584 Secondary Literacy Methods Across the Curriculum 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring Semester
EDUC 599C ITL 3: Directed Teaching, Physical Education 9
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours30

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found on the Graduation web page.

If a student's petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. A student's “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.