Health and Physical Education (MAT)

Program of Study

Students who began in summer 2023 or fall 2023, please see the foonote below about your program of study. 1
Area 1 Professional Core
EDUF 6116Educational Research Methods3
EDUT 6105Technology Infusion3
Area 1 Total6
Area 2 Concentration: General Requirements
KINS 5215GThe Development of Motor Skills: A Lifespan Perspective3
PHED 6116Analysis of Teaching Behavior in Physical Education3
PHED 6219Physical Education for Students with Disabilities3
Electives Any 3 hours at the graduate level from HESC, PHED, or other approved course3
Area 2 Concentration: Teaching Core
KINS 5216GPhysical Education in the Secondary School4
KINS 5218GTeaching Health in P-8 Schools2
or KINS 5219G Teaching Health in High School
KINS 5217GPhysical Education in the Elementary School3
PHED 6485Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education3
or EDCI 6698 Teaching Internship
Area 2 Total24
Area 3: Other Requirements0
KINS 4000Fitness Testing for Health and Physical Education Certification Concentration0
PHED 6000Health and Physical Education Exit Exam0
Area 3 Total0
Total Credit Hours30

     Readers of CSU’s 2023-2024 catalog might have noticed some fluctuations in this program of study since the catalog draft appeared online in Spring 2023. The faculty proposed a 30-hour program of study for what has been approved as a 42-49 hour program. The 30-hour program of study should first be approved by our institutional accreditor, the Southern Associated of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), for an anticipated implementation in January 2024.

     Due to an administrative error, the program of study in the 2023-2024 catalog was temporarily changed to 30 credit hours and some students were prematurely placed on the 30-hour program of study in DegreeWorks. The catalog has been corrected to reflect the approved program of study, but CSU will honor the 30-hour program of study in DegreeWorks for the affected students. Students admitted to the program for Spring 2024 will need to follow the official, approved program of study as it appears in the catalog. If we receive the anticipated approval from SACSCOC, the 2023-2024 catalog program of study will be updated to reflect the 30-hour requirement.

     We expect to receive SACSCOC’s decision by mid-December 2023 and anticipate being able to implement the 30-hour program of study in January 2024. We’re optimistic that the request will be approved since the program of study accounts for policies at the institutional and university system levels and meets GaPSC requirements for teaching certification and SACSCOC accreditation standards.

     Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Ellen Martin, by email at or phone at 706-569-2635 with any questions you have.

 Note: This plan of study will be determined by the program coordinator based on an evaluation of each student's transcripts and educational experiences.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
  • A passing score on the Health and Physical Education GACE Content Assessment
  • Candidates who graduated from a bachelor’s degree program can be provisionally admitted in the absence of a GACE assessment score; however, this requirement must be completed during the first semester enrolled.

Teacher Education Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must apply for Teacher Education during their first semester, after being admitted and starting classes.
  • Admission to Teacher Education is completed through TK20. Candidates must have been admitted into the university and registered for courses at least two weeks before purchasing TK20. Information on Tk20 is located at:
  • Candidates must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education during their first semester of enrollment in the MAT program. For a list of requirements visit

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses
  • A minimum of 20 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (⅔ of the required hours). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence
  • Transfer courses must be approved by the students’ advisor and program coordinator. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.