Program Description


Physical education teachers make a big difference in the lives of children, as they promote physical activities and healthy habits. A Master’s in Physical Education takes you to the next step as a physical education teacher, equipping you to apply cutting edge instruction skills and real-world knowledge in today’s diverse school settings.

Program Description

The program curriculum immerses you in the classroom and integrates theory, practice, and content into daily teaching and learning. It enables you to earn your initial teaching certification as you earn your Master’s degree, allowing you to teach in New York State. If you are Canadian, you will be certified in New York and then eligible for certification in Ontario.

You will receive extensive field experience prior to student teaching. Your student teaching culminates in workshops in multicultural education, school violence prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, and resume and job search techniques. Service learning opportunities give you additional hands-on experience assisting with after-school programs, children’s sports leagues, nutrition education programs and others.

About Canisius College

Consistently ranked among the top regional institutions in the Northeast, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York and one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic colleges in the nation. Founded in 1870 by German Jesuits, Canisius is named for St. Peter Canisius, a renowned Dutch educator and one of the original members of the Society of Jesus. What began in a single building in downtown Buffalo now consists of 37 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo. We are a masters-level, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration and experiential learning opportunities that transform the mind and spirit. Canisius promotes the Jesuit principles of excellence, service and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences and a distinct core curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts.