M.A.T. Health and Physical Education

Program Director: Dr. Tom Trendowski (

What you need to know:

Our Master of Arts in Teaching in Health and Physical Education is just the program you’ve been looking for!

  • Fully online, asynchronous, 30-hour program
  • Anyone with a four-year bachelor's degree who wishes to become a health and/or physical education teacher in the state of North Carolina is eligible. 
  • Specifically designed to help students pass the licensure exams of Praxis II and edTPA (required for NC licensure)
  • Program culminates in a 15-week internship. The internship must be completed in a North Carolina school.


Excellent education for an affordable cost -- approximately $8500 tuition and fees for part-time study from start to finish.  Compare us with anyone!


  1. Click here
  2. Create an account, then log in
  3. Start a new application for the graduate school
  4. Click on Master's and then Health and Physical Education M.A.T
  5. Begin the application

Full Admission Requirements

Candidates will still be considered for acceptance if they do not meet all bullet points. Provisions may apply. 

  • A preferred undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.75 

  • 24 credit hours of HPE related content or passing of the Praxis II (5857)

  • 2 professional references (email addresses needed)
  • Personal Statement (150-250 words)
  • Admission to Educator Preparation Acknowledgment form (will fill out during the application process)

Residency Licensure

North Carolina offers an alternate pathway to becoming a teacher called the Residency License.  This route allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching while obtaining a clear professional educator's license through a teacher preparatory institution, such as UNCP.  More UNCP RL information here. To enroll, you must have been offered employment by an LEA (Local Education Agency) in North Carolina. Students may earn their MAT degree without being a Residency License student.

Residency licensure students, fill out this form.

Course Progression

Students typically finish this program within 1.5-2 years. Below are the courses needed to complete the degree:

EDN Core Courses 

___EDN 5040 Introduction to Basic Tenets of Education/15 hours field experience 

___EDN 5120 Advanced Study of the Exceptional Child/10 hours field experience 

___EDN 5450 Introduction to Curriculum Design/20 hours field experience 

Content Courses 

___EDN 5470 Advanced Classroom Management  

___PED 5060 Current Issues in Health and PE  

___PED 5100 Adapted Physical Education  

___PED 5200 Health and Physical Education Content Knowledge 

Pedagogy Courses 

___PED 5030 Advanced Teaching Methodologies in Health/PE 

___PED 5400 Advanced Teaching Methodologies in Health/PE II/ 40 hours field experience (field experience hours may occur in 5030, talk with advisor)


___PED 5500 Student Teaching Internship 



Thomas Trendowski

Questions can be directed to the program director via email at

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