Physical Education teachers and coaches are busy people, typically teaching throughout the day and then coaching evenings and weekends. Therefore, traditional Master’s degree programs that require students to take courses at a certain time and place are often simply impossible for teacher/coaches to fit into their busy schedules. Teachers in most states are required to pursue graduate coursework and/or graduate degrees in order to obtain career advancement and the increases in salary that accompanies professional development. The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia began offering the Master of Science (MS) degree in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) in the summer of 2002. The MS degree program is a 36 -credit degree program with both on-site and distance education components. Participants spend two weeks each summer in WV completing coursework and return home for the school year, taking courses using web-based delivery. WebCT is the course design system used for the on-line components of the program.
West Virginia University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.