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UNI to offer online Master of Arts in Physical Education

November 29, 2011

Fabio Fontana, assistant professor, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-6854,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is announcing a master's program for physical education majors and teachers that can be completed entirely online, the only program of its kind in the state of Iowa. The new 30-credit-hour cohort program will begin spring 2012 and will take five consecutive semesters to complete.

This program will link practice to theory in areas including motor learning and behavior, curriculum development, effective teaching and sport psychology for pre-K through high school physical education teachers and coaches. "This degree is designed to improve teaching skills, but it may also help teachers who need classes in order to have their contracts continued or bump up some teachers in the salary scale," said Fabio Fontana, assistant professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).

The program offers students a convenient pathway to achieving a master's degree online. With the ability to attend class from their homes or offices, students will save on travel costs and time, making it easier to balance their academic, personal and professional lives. "We are excited to offer a program that will be accessible to individuals who live anywhere in the state and beyond and to work with professionals we would not necessarily work with otherwise," said Fontana.

Coursework is offered using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, which requires Internet access with Adobe Connect and a desktop video conferencing system. Technical support will be available. During the fall and spring semesters, courses are scheduled back-to-back in eight-week modules with meetings via Adobe Connect on select Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. "We will be using the best practices for online teaching and advanced online teaching technology," said Fontana. 

For more information about this and other professional development opportunities, visit or call UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 800-648-3864.