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Physical Education (MEd)

Physical Education (MEd)
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Empower diverse students through movement

Fuel your passion for inspiring young learners to live well through physical activity with a master’s degree in Physical Education (MEd - PE). In this unique program–the only one in Chicago–you'll immerse yourself in a curriculum that blends online and in-person classes.

Our program goes beyond traditional physical education, focusing on developing educators who are knowledgeable, empathetic and inspiring. You'll work closely with expert teachers, gaining hands-on experience in diverse school environments, and the knowledge and skills to positively impact students' lives through physical activity. Furthermore, our strong connection with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ensures excellent job prospects upon graduation.

With DePaul’s master’s degree in Physical Education, you can earn your MEd while preparing for licensure. The program can be completed in two years and includes student teaching at the elementary and secondary levels during your last quarter. First-year classes will primarily be online; second-year courses will be in person on the Lincoln Park Campus during the day.

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Study and work in the heart of Chicago

Experience the future of education in CPS, the fourth-largest school district in the U.S. Join our exclusive partnerships and unlock opportunities to collaborate with skilled faculty and gain hands-on experiences before student teaching. Plus, benefit from our strong reputation in Chicago and beyond, as well as our partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL).

Application Deadlines

Term Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 June 15
Winter December 1 October 15
Spring March 1 January 15
Summer May 1 April 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete a total of 17 courses, and complete field experiences and student teaching.

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of DePaul's College of Education graduates are employed, continuing education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from leaders in kinesiology

You’ll learn from faculty members like Assistant Professor Tyanez Jones, who is passionate about inspiring young people to embrace physical activity as a path to living well. Her research is multidisciplinary and explores the role of physical activity on health factors. She describes students enrolled in the program as "experienced, passionate and eager to engage PK-12 students in physical activity and exercise."

“I was able to take advantage of the one-year fast-track option through the Chicago Teacher Residency program. It’s a great option for anyone looking to teach in Chicago Public Schools or any school in Illinois. I’m able to apply the knowledge and skills gained from DePaul University, maximizing my pedagogy skills in physical education.”

Cedrick (MEd ’23)

Physical Education teacher, Collins Academy High School
Cedrick, DePaul Master's of Physical Education alum  

Alumni Network

Our alumni community is over 195,500 strong, and over 122,500 of those Blue Demons still live in the Chicago area. The College of Education keeps its alums in the loop with professional development workshops and other useful resources.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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