Kinesiology/Physical Education M.A.T.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related discipline such as Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Outdoor Education, Human Performance, etc. The degree program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include coursework or learning experiences necessary to meet CAEP/NASPE national accreditation standards and the Georgia Performance Standards in health and physical education necessary for Health and Physical Education P-12 teacher certification. Successful completion of the M.A.T. program leads to a T-5 Georgia Teacher Certification.

Students who complete the M.A.T. in Kinesiology/Physical Education from GC must be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for initial certification. The final recommendation for initial certification is a responsibility of the College of Education.

The program requires 36 semester hours of selected graduate course work. The program is designed as a one-year, full-time experience, which ideally begins in the summer semester and is completed during the following fall and spring semesters. It is possible to complete the program on a part-time basis, but the number of semesters necessary for completion of the course work would be extended since the courses must be taken in sequential order. If enrolled in the program on a part-time basis, a minimum of six credit hours must be completed per semester sequentially while under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor.

The M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education is offered in a cohort model. Teacher candidates enter together as a group. They take courses and complete field activities over a specified period of time. Each cohort group of candidates is guided during the period of study by a professor skilled in advising, supervising, and implementing best teaching practices.

M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education students will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate the application of basic and advanced principles in motor skill acquisition in the instruction in physical education and health at all grade levels.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing a variety of teaching styles applicable to student learning styles during individual and group instruction.
  3. Effectively design and administer P-12 physical education and coordinated school health programs.
  4. Analyze and reflectively develop effective teaching behavior in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and modification of instruction.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct age/stage appropriate physical education and health learning outcomes assessment and evaluation at all grade levels.
  6. Apply research and appropriate analytical techniques in an effort to improve physical education and health instruction in P-12 school settings.


Admission Prerequisites and Criteria

MAT in Kinesiology: Physical Education Admission Prerequisites & Criteria

Admission Criteria

  1. Letter of application: indicate why you have chosen a career in teaching physical education. 

  2. Teaching/Professional Philosophy: how the program of study you are applying will meet your career goals;

  3. Current resume;

  4. Copies of any relevant, current training certificates or certification cards;

  5. References: names, job titles, employers, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three professional references;

  6. Create a MyPSC account and confirm Georgia College as the program provider found at Georgia College will submit these forms to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to request a Pre-Service Certificate. The PSC does not charge a fee for these forms, which give the PSC permission to perform a background check.

  7. Complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (GACE 360) found at

  8. GACE Program Admission Assessment (Basic Skills) [KH2] (200, 201, & 202) with a minimum score of 250 on each of the three sections unless official copies of the following exemption scores are submitted (note: you can use verbal/English/Reading/Writing score from one testing session and Math/Quantitative score from another session to satisfy minimum requirements:

    SAT® Score

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Scores dated prior to 7/1/19 
  • 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math (Note that this is the previous SAT title used prior to March 2016.), OR

  • 1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math (Note that this is current SAT title as of March 2016.)

  • Scores dated on or after 7/1/19 - 1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math

  • The composite score is obtained by adding the Verbal and Math scores. Candidates must take both the Verbal and the Math sections of the test. Note: You can use the verbal portion of the SAT from one testing session and add it to the Math portion from another testing session in order to exempt the GACE Basic Assessment.


  • 43 on English and Math

  • Candidates must take both the English and Math sections of the test.


  • For scores on or after August 1, 2011: composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative
  • For scores prior to August 1, 2011:  composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative

  • Please see: for full exemption criteria.

  • **Flexibility due to COVID-19  - Students may apply and be accepted conditionally without the required Program Admissions Assessment or exemption scores for Summer and Fall 2020 ONLY. Students will be required to pass the assessment or provide exemption scores by 6/30/2021 or completion of the program, whichever is sooner. Failure to meet this requirement before program completion will prevent teacher certification and graduation from the program.

   9. Candidates for the MAT PE Program must also complete the Pre-
Service Application Package
 (opens in PDF). The affidavit for Verification of Legal Presence (included in the packet) must be completed with a notary public. A copy of the identification document (usually a GA driver’s license) also needs to be included with the other completed materials in the packet. 

**Flexibility due to COVID-19: Students must submit a document to satisfy Georgia College’s Legal Presence Verification (Opens in PDF). Furthermore, students must submit the notarized affidavit of Legal Presence as soon as they are able to access a notary public. Online notary services are accepted.

​​​​​​​Admission Prerequisites

  1. GCSU students who have earned the PE minor have satisfied all prerequisite requirements.
  2. GCSU students who have NOT earned the PE minor, or applicants from other institutions, must satisfy the following:
  • Required 15 hours of coursework
    • Behavioral Statistics, Measurement & Evaluation, or Research Methodology.
    • Personal Health and Fitness, Health/Exercise Promotion, Exercise Leadership, or a similar in-depth Fitness/Wellness course.
    • Anatomy, Structural Kinesiology, or a similar Anatomical Kinesiology/Movement analysis course.
    • Motor Behavior, Motor Learning, Motor Control, or a similar integrated course in Psychomotor Development & Learning.
    • Skill Analysis, Coaching Course with a certification or licensure, Collegiate Coaching or Playing experience. 
  • Required 3 hours of elective coursework
    • Exercise Physiology.
    • Exercise Biochemistry.
    • Prevention and Care.
    • Developmental Psychology or Human Development.
    • Strength & Conditioning,
    • Biomechanics.
    • Exercise Testing.
    • Exercise Prescription. 
    • Outdoor Education Group Development.
    • Outdoor Education Living Skills
  • The following professional work experience may be taken into consideration as a substitute for prerequisite coursework:  

    • Successful navigation of the GACE 115 & 116 content exams at the Induction or Professional level.  

    • One year minimum of full-time K-12 teaching experience in a public, private or charter setting; with employer verification. 

    • Two seasons minimum of head or assistant coaching experience at the scholastic, collegiate, recreational or club level; with employer verification.   

  • First Aid/CPR certification must be current, and ARC or AHA endorsed.

Documentation required by specific program areas may be sent by email attachment directly to the office of admissions,, or by regular mail to the School of Health and Human Performance (Attn: Graduate Studies).

Potential graduate students seeking to be considered for a graduate assistantship are advised to complete the application form available at Decisions about graduate assistantship are made on an ongoing basis based on credentials, career goals, and program-area needs.