2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 01, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Physical Education, PreK-8, 5-12, Professional, M.Ed.

M.Ed. Programs for Licensed Teachers

Westfield State University has a history and abiding commitment of preparing educators who serve the educational needs of prekindergarten through secondary school students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shared vision of Westfield’s education programs is articulated as “Educators as Leaders Building Learning Communities.”  Themes that support this vision are community building, reflective practice, diversity, and social justice.

Westfield State University teacher education programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Westfield is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Westfield State is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in 2020.

Professional licensure programs are designed to meet the needs of teachers who already possess an initial level Massachusetts teaching license, and are seeking a master’s degree that will lead to a professional teaching license in the same or related field. In order to be eligible for a professional license, teachers must have taught for three years in the area of their initial license, as well as meet other requirements listed in the licensure regulations.

Candidates in professional licensure programs will demonstrate their commitment to diversity at several points in their program. Each candidate will be required to reflect on his or her beliefs, values, experiences, and/or current practices for developing competencies that support diversity. Decisions about a candidate’s performance in professional licensure programs will be based on multiple assessments.

Westfield State University offers the M.Ed. with professional licensure in the following areas:

Early Childhood PreK-2, Professional, M.Ed.  
Elementary 1-6, Professional, Multidisciplinary Track, M.Ed.  
Elementary, Professional, Reading Track, M.Ed.  
Elementary, Professional, Single Academic Area Track, M.Ed.  
Mathematics, 5-8, 8-12, Professional, M.Ed.  
Physical Education, PreK-8, 5-12, Professional, M.Ed.  


Specialist Teacher License


The Reading Specialist, Initial, M.Ed.  program is designed for licensed teachers in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities who desire initial licensure as a Reading Specialist.

For candidates who have taught for three years in the area of their initial teaching license (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities), and who have met the other requirements listed in licensure regulations, it will also lead to professional licensure in the area of the first teaching license.

Advising for graduate students in the M.Ed. programs facilitates student progress in degree programs and offers an opportunity to design and to amend programs of study, acquire career advice and address topics of particular interest to students involved in graduate study for career advancement or professional development. Registration advising is offered in advance of the semester to assist with course choices appropriate for graduate programs. Programs of study constructed during the first semester of matriculation allow students to remain active participants in their course selections.

Program Description

This 34-credit hour program is designed for physical education teachers who possess Initial Licensure and who are required to earn the Professional teacher license. It will enable the qualified student to satisfy all state competencies for Professional Licensure as a teacher of elementary or secondary physical education. Additionally, individuals with Professional Licensure required to earn Professional Development Points toward re-certification or who wish to pursue a M.Ed. with emphasis on Physical Education may also be served by this program. Students without the appropriate license may work toward the initial license for Physical Education PreK-8 or 5-12 and apply up to six semester hours of graduate work toward the master’s degree.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must have an initial or professional Massachusetts license in physical education.

See Admission  requirements for graduate programs.





Requirements for Master’s Degree - 34 Credits

Program of Study

A. Prerequisite coursework or experience

Content knowledge in the following areas must be documented in the student’s previous academic record or professional experience. Any gaps in coverage must be fulfilled as determined by the student’s graduate advisor.

  • Adaptive physical education
  • introductory course in computer applications
  • Introductory course in child or adolescent psychology OR motor development and behavior

Additional Guidelines

Students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of knowledge gained in coursework and to relate concepts across the curriculum. The comprehensive exam may be taken after completing a minimum of 27 credits