M.S. in Teaching and Curriculum

Program Overview

The Master of Science program in Teaching and Curriculum is a flexible 30-credit flexible degree that blends theory into practice. Students will engage in research and projects with their advisor starting their first semester of study, and over the program will gain a deep understanding of research and practical skills that will allow them to pursue expanded career and educational opportunities. Three tracks of this program are available in the Department of Exercise Science, where courses are individually selected based on personal and professional interests:

  • Physical Education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Physical Activity

These tracks are designed for students already certified through New York State Physical Education, or are currently working towards that certification, and are looking to expand their career options while still meeting the requirements necessary for certification. 

What can I do with an MS in Teaching and Curriculum?

  • Providing sport opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities.
  • Teach physical and adapted education, coach, and officiating athletes in K-12 school settings.
  • Work as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, or group exercise leader
  • Teach, coach, or direct youth sports and fitness programs in non-school settings such as YMCA/YWCA’s, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and other sport/recreational facilities.
  • Continue on to a a Ph.D. program in Physical Education or a related field to leading to a position as a director of health and physical education, community health instructor, wellness coach, or in coaching/teaching at the college level.

For students who already have a teaching license, this Masters will fulfill the requirements to teach in New York State. Students without a teaching license will need to fulfill additional requirements (e.g. complete student teaching experience).

Why Syracuse University and the School of Education?

  • Small class sizes that provide a high degree of personal support and "hands on" teaching/practice.
  • 100+ hours of experience in schools and other physical activity settings, starting in the spring of their first year.
  • A focus on "Success for All Individuals" with particular emphasis on urban, inclusive, and multicultural settings.
  • Opportunities to conduct research, present at state or national conferences with faculty members.

Program Contacts

Luis Columna

Michael Norris

Ready to apply?

Syracuse University Graduate School Application