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UNI to offer online Master of Arts in Physical Education

October 25, 2012

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

Jenni Colsch, marketing & promotions coordinator, UNI Continuing Education & Special Programs, 319-273-7865,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a master's program for physical education majors and teachers that can be completed entirely online. The 30-credit-hour cohort program, the only of its kind in the state of Iowa, will begin spring 2013 and will take five consecutive semesters to complete. Applications are now being accepted, with full consideration given for applications completed by Nov. 15.

The Master of Arts in Physical Education will link practice to theory in areas including motor learning/behavior, curriculum development, effective teaching and sport psychology for pre-K through high school physical education teachers and coaches. According to Fabio Fontana, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, this degree will improve teaching skills, help students who need classes in order to have their contracts continued, and can help improve salaries.

"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 and Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system. During 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. Summer sessions may meet more frequently through Adobe Connect.

The School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services has many qualified faculty who challenge students to excel in their courses. Fontana said the best practices for online teaching and advanced online teaching technology will be utilized.

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