FAQs - Online Master's in Physical Education

Why choose Canisius' online master's degree in physical education program?

With more than 75 years of experience in granting master's degrees in education, Canisius is one of the most respected schools in the region. Canisius' School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE). Unlike other programs that require some on-campus attendance, 100% of our curriculum can be completed on the web.

When can I start the program?

You can start during any of our three terms: fall (late August), spring (mid-January) and summer (five week sessions run late May-June and late June-July). You select your start date when you file your application. If you are unsure of your start date, select the earliest one that you are most likely to attend. Should you be accepted and wish to change your start date to a later term, simply inform the office of your new start date in writing and we will change your start date.

How long will the degree take?

This is a 30 credit (10 courses) graduate program leading to the award of a Master of Science in Education/Physical Education. The program can be completed in as little as 4 semesters or about 15 months.  By taking 2 courses each semester, the program can be completed in two years.

Do I need to currently be a Physical Education teacher to apply for this program?

No, you do not need to be a current physical education teacher. Anyone with a bachelor's degree can apply to the program - but please note that this program does not lead to initial certification to teach Physical Education in New York State. Contact Graduate Admissions or the physical education program director if you do not have any initial teaching certification.

What is the minimum GPA required for the program?

Most candidates have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from their undergraduate studies. GPA’s below 3.0 will be reviewed by admission staff and program faculty to determine status.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

For candidates pursuing entrance into an initial certification teaching program, a standardized test score is required.  Candidates can submit GRE, MAT, SAT, or ACT test scores to complete this requirement. Contact admissions staff with questions.

Will the entire program be taken online or will I need to come to Buffalo, NY?

The program can be completed entirely online. Students are not required to come on campus.

What is the cost of the program?

Please see our Tuition & Fee's page for information on the program cost.

How will I take the online classes?

You will be able to take these classes using a home or school based computer that is linked to the web. As with most online experiences, a faster connection will enhance this interactive experience. Canisius University uses an instructional program called "Desire2Learn" for its online courses. The Desire2Learn Learning System is widely used and has established itself as a user-friendly interface between faculty and students. Participants in the program will use Desire2Learn and email to complete course assignments and to communicate with classmates and faculty. 

Will I learn as much in an online MSED program as in a regular program?

There has been much debate and investigation on this topic. Current opinion seems to support the conclusion that online learning can be just as effective as regular classroom instruction. Researchers point out that in classroom settings students are able to avoid participation and let others interact. In contrast, with online instruction there is nowhere to hide. The learning experience requires constant interaction between instructors and students and students and their peers. Online instruction is not for everyone but for the motivated learner who is comfortable with using technology, online instruction can be equal to or even more effective than traditional classroom teaching.

When registering for courses, which section of the course should I register (i.e., ONL vs. A, B, C, WEB, etc.)?

Students in the online physical education program  should register for courses in the program curriculum with the “ONL” section designation.  If the “ONL” version of a course is closed, you may select the “WEB” version of a course.

Once registered for my courses, how do I get started?

You will use the Canisius Desire2Learn Learning System, located on the Canisius University Web site, to get instructions for each of your courses of study.  Once registered, simply use your username and password to log in to the Desire2Learn site.  Once logged in, you will see a listing of your registered courses. You can get course information, including textbooks needed for the course.  You should also use your username/password to check your Canisius email account (Griffmail) for an email from your professor with course information, including the first assignment and textbook purchase information.  If any additional resources are needed, e.g. DVD's, the college will mail them to you once you are registered.

How do I purchase books for my courses?

Books may be purchased online from the Canisius Bookstore. When selecting textbooks, make sure to select "PEG" for the "Select Your Department" drop down box and your enrolled section ("ONL" or "WEB") for the "Select Your Section" drop down box.

How do I apply?

You can complete a Graduate Application online for free.  We recommend that you submit all application materials at least 30 days before your desired start date.