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Physical Education

The importance of physical education is a hot topic in today’s society with an emphasis being put on the benefits of health and wellness education in the United States. Students who study physical and health education, movement and sports studies, and other wellness-related programs go on to make a difference in the lives of those around them whether it’s as a coach, a leader in a recreational facility, a PE teacher, or physical activity program director. The need for physical education continues to be prominent, and UGA’s Department of Kinesiology will help you to fulfill that need through its various academic areas.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)


  • Sport Coaching Minor

    The Sport Coaching Minor (15 hours) is designed to support students' exploration, understanding, and development of knowledge and skills essential for coaching sport at multiple levels and across many sports.

Master of Science (MS)

  • MS in Kinesiology (Adapted Physical Education)

    Earn your M.S. in Kinesiology and improve your knowledge of physical activity and sport instruction for disability populations in K-12 physical education and community-based contexts.

  • MS in Kinesiology (Sport Pedagogy)

    Our M.S. in Kinesiology emphasis in sport pedagogy teaches the practice of teaching or coaching physical education, sport, or physical activity.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our contemporary program includes diverse learning opportunities from lectures in the classroom to student teaching and other experiential learning opportunities available in our research laboratories and through service-learning course mechanisms. Our comprehensive program teaches instructional methods as well as the latest principles in health, wellness, biomechanics, and more.
AssistantshipsWork closely with one of our renowned faculty members and help pay for your education through one of our many graduate assistantship opportunities.
Research labsOur state-of-the-art labs allow you to focus on sport instruction or the study of movement, among many other specializations. Learn more about the Sport Instruction Research Lab .
AlumniOur graduates go on to work in schools and athletic programs at many levels, and keep a strong connection to the Department of Kinesiology. Keep us updated with your latest news.

Faculty and Staff

T. Nicole Kirk Assistant Professor
Ilse S Mason Principal Lecturer and Basic PE Program Coordinator
Teresa McClure Academic Advisor
Bryan A. McCullick Professor and Coordinator of HPE Teacher Education Program
Sophie Waller Limited-Term Assistant Professor
Sami Yli-Piipari Associate Professor

Contact Info

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