Health and Physical Education (MAT)

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor ( prior to applying for admission. UofL undergraduate students, with a major in Health and Human Performance - Physical Education Teacher Preparation, should direct questions to Dr. Carla Vidoni at

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

  1. Graduate application/MAT Program. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Passing Test Scores
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Praxis II Content Exam(s)
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required). If you are a current UofL student, you do not need to submit transcripts!
  5. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  6. Grade of C or higher in Oral Communication Course
  7. Grade of C or higher in ENGL 102
  8. TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo
  9. Professional Statement
  10. Three Letters of Recommendation
  11. Acceptable interview
  12. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admission Guidelines 

Program Requirements

HSS 605Teaching and Learning for Elementary Physical Education4
HSS 606Teaching and Learning for Secondary Physical Education4
Mid-point assessment 1
HSS 611Seminar in Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education3
HSS 612Student Teaching: Elementary Physical Education 24
HSS 613Student Teaching: Middle/Secondary Physical Education 24
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
HSS 615Student Teaching: Health Education4
Minimum Total Hours30

Prior to student teaching: All content methods classes listed above passed with a cumulative 3.0 GPA; positive recommendation from the Health and Physical Education Program Committee (includes assessment and mid-point portfolio); electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.


These courses are the exit requirements for this program. Includes teacher certification in P-12 health and physical education   

Certification Assessment: After student teaching: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all certification course work completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.5 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; 2.0 GPA or higher in each student teaching; satisfactory certification portfolio; passing scores on PRAXIS content and PLT exams; positive recommendation from Health and Physical Education Program Committee.

Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C (six [6] credit hours) in degree courses); satisfactory degree portfolio.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Health and Physical Education (HPEDMAT) program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website: (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).

For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).