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Physical Education Administration


This advanced certificate program consists of an organized series of graduate-level courses designed to increase the administrative skills and leadership ability of individuals charged with assisting or directing the implementation and supervision of physical education, athletics, and sport pedagogy in a variety of diverse K-12 school settings.  Special attention is given to examining authentic, contemporary problems experienced in physical education, athletics and sport pedagogy settings through numerous instructional strategies. Among other advanced learning activities, individuals will take part in panel discussions, debates, socio-dramas, inventories, role playing, simulations, colloquiums, programmed instruction and use advanced technology tools in a variety of library demonstrations.  This advanced certificate program is registered with the New York State Education Department. 

Intended participants include:
District level administrators and teachers interested in improving their supervisory skills in the area of physical education, health, and athletics
Private, Independent, and Parochial school physical education and classroom teachers seeking greater content knowledge and standard based information
Private school principals/directors responsible for these areas
Recent Manhattanville graduate alumni and graduate alumni from other colleges



Program Objectives:

  • The program strives to provide:
    an innovative approach to leadership preparation in physical education and athletic administration with special consideration to educating candidates to become ethically and socially responsible teachers and school leaders in the local and global community.
  • an advanced understanding and demonstration of teacher professionalism and ethical behavior in sport pedagogy
  • relevant use of technology to enhance existing physical education, athletics, and sport pedagogy programs
  • creative use of exercise science activities and content for health promotion in the school and local community
  • an advanced understanding of several national and state safety and risk management prevention programs for physical education and athletics
  • an understanding of culturally responsive teaching practices for diverse student populations within urban physical education and athletic settings
  • an understanding of schools as learning organizations and increased working relationships with other physical education teachers and athletic directors in the field 
  • a repertoire of effective communication skills for varying populations in the school and in sport pedagogy settings

- Financial Aid is Available
- Convenient Evening Hours (4:20-7:00) (7:00 to 9:20) Monday and  Tuesdays



Listing of Courses:

MPE 5560 Leadership Issues and Trends in Physical Education and Athletic Administration, Programming, and Facility Management (1 Credit)
This course identifies local, state, and national regulations and policies related to leadership issues and trends in physical education and athletics in public, private, independent, and parochial school settings. It also discusses the function and organization of leagues and athletic associations in New York State. Additional topics include programming strategies, ways to assess personal and professional standards of the teacher and coach as an educational leader, how to enhance community relations, developing comprehensive budgets and purchasing strategies, schedule facility usage, and other contemporary responsibilities confronting district-wide leaders in athletic administration.

MPE 5561 Ethics and Social Responsibility in Physical Education and Athletic Administration (1 Credit)
This course advances the individual's understanding of ethics, student rights, public relations, and social responsibilities of interscholastic athletic administrators. Individuals will develop a personal philosophy and a professional code of ethics through the use of case studies, role playing, and simulation.  Issues reflecting ethical considerations in the organization and management of practices and officiating methods for specific sports will be addressed.  

MPE 5562 Advanced Uses of Technology in Physical Education and Athletic Administration (1 Credit)
This course advances the individual's understanding of the contemporary tools that are available in scheduling, creating physical education/athletic budgets, designing new or enhancing existing programs, developing a website, maintaining student attendance, as well as introducing a variety of technology tools common to physical activity and curriculum development. Emphasis is placed on the application of technology skills and obtaining the knowledge of how these tools can support the current program and district-wide decision making.

MPE 5563 Exercise Science and School Health Promotion for District Leaders in Physical Education and Athletic Administration (1 Credit)
This course explains the differences in the effects of physical activity on fitness across age, gender, and ethnic groups; describing how various systems of the human body respond to physical activity; illustrating the relationship between physical activity and health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and mental health; offering guidance for determining the proper amount and type of exercise to be undertaken; and suggests new directions for research.  It also focuses on the prevention of diseases, quality of life, and well-being as well as the athletic training and conditioning of athletes and presents an account of how the body adapts its performance capabilities in the presence of fatigue, strength, and power production. The course also contains updated statistical information from the American Heart Association on the leading causes of death, and how to convey prevention through physical activity and athletic participation.

MPE 5564 Safety, Risk Management and Injury Prevention Programs for Physical Education and Athletic Settings (3 credits)     
This course identifies a variety of respected safety and risk management programs for physical education teachers, athletic directors and school administrators that have been successfully used at the local, state, and national levels. Importance is placed on injury prevention and sport safety for ages 5-14, decreasing the risks of sport-related eye injury, spectator sports safety as well as  security and safety regulations for bleachers, playing fields, and athletic facilities,  emergency care for personal and community safety training, schoolyard safety,  and particular attention on high school athletic weight training room safety. Sport Law and risk management terminology concerning school liability coverage and the prevention of student bodily injury is also included.  

MPE 5565 Administrative Issues in Urban Physical Education and Athletics (1 credit)
The course examines the major problems encountered in the administration and supervision of an urban physical education and interscholastic athletic program. Suggestions for culturally responsive teaching practices, strengthening one’s teaching demeanor, conveying life skills, responding to individual behavioral management problem, and implementing protocols for large class sizes is emphasized. Ways to address the high incidence of social problems such as teen alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, bullying, teenage suicide, drug abuse, as well as high student absenteeism and the dropout rate through successful athletic and afterschool programming are also included.  

EDAD 5000 Schools as Learning Organizations (3 credits)
This course introduces the basic vision of the MPS program: to develop in participants the ability to view schools and school districts as systems that have the capacity to become Learning Organizations.  Researcher Peter Senge 146s five disciplines (systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, and team learning) are explored in-depth with practical applications for participants 146 organizational contexts.

EDAD 5051 Enhancing Communications and Public Relations with a Diverse Constituency (1 credit)
With education receiving increasing public attention and decreasing local fiscal support, public relations becomes a critical area of importance for school district leaders. This course will examine both internal and external communications by utilizing a problem-based approach to analyzing specific current issues and developing a strategic communications plan.  Through the use of case studies, mock simulations, and role play, leadership candidates will apply exemplary communications models and practices that are drawn from business and education.

Note: Manhattanville College offers a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership (SDL, District Athletic Director- 39 credits). The following courses from this Advanced Certificate are applicable toward this State Licensure:  MPE 5560, MPE 5561, MPE 5562, MPE 5563, and EDAD 5000, EDAD 5051



To Get Started

Rhonda Clements, Director of MAT in Physical Education and Sport Sciences (914-323-5327) or Jeanine Pardey Levine Manhattanville College Dir. of Graduate Admissions (914-323-3208) to learn about admission requirements, financial aid, and schedule of classes.

Admission Requirements
The program follows the School of Education's Admission process, procedures and requirements identified for all graduate programs. Admission considerations are based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria that includes the following assessments: (a) An interview with the Program Director, (b) A completed Graduate Application, (c) A Master's Degree from an accredited institution, and (d) Two professional letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s character and capabilities.

About the SOE and Manhattanville College’s Mission:
The mission of the School of Education, inspired by the College Mission statement, is to educate candidates to become ethically and socially responsible teachers and school leaders in the local and global community.  This strong focus is most apparent in the School's five domains of competence: (1) Learning and Teaching: The candidates' teaching is based on knowledge, learning theories and best practices, family and community influences, and local, state, and national standards, (2) Diverse learners: The candidate understands and meets the varying needs and interests of each student with sensitivity to racial, ethnic, socio-economic, physical ability, and gender differences, (3)  Liberal arts/Literacy: The candidate understands the importance of demonstrating mastery of literacy to support student learning and fosters literacy skills that include reading, writing, speaking, and listening, (4) Family, School and Community: The candidate recognizes the importance of being informed by the community to support student learning, and (5) Professionalism: Candidates are committed to demonstrating leadership skills and constructive communication in the educational community. These domains of competence are emphasized as we prepare teachers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to help all children and young adolescents excel in a productive and supportive school environment.  Similarly, the proposed Advanced Certificate Program in the Administration of Physical Education, Athletics, and Sport Pedagogy objectives, strongly coincide with the College's and School of Education's mission to educate candidates to become ethically and socially responsible teachers and school leaders in the local and global community. All coursework reflects and adheres to this awareness.