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About Physical Activity Leadership 

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has a deep-rooted history in quality teacher education. Since its founding in 1889, it has had a reputation for preparing some of the best educators in the state of Colorado and beyond. According to College of Education’s website, more than 30 percent of all teachers who win the Colorado Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year award graduated from UNC (http://www.unco.edu/teach/). The University was also ranked #13 in “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.



M.A.T. in Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership (MAT-PEPAL) 

The PE-PAL is housed in the School of Sport and Exercise Science and is delivered through UNC’s Extended Campus. The program is designed for working educators who wish to advance their understanding of quality physical education and expand their role in school-wide physical activity promotion. It is offered in an online/hybrid format with classes delivered completely online during the fall and spring semesters and in a hybrid format in the summer that includes two weeks on the beautiful UNC campus.
Courses were developed with practicing teachers in mind and are designed to be applied in nature. Students are expected to take what they learn in the courses and directly apply it to their work with children. Every course goes through a rigorous Quality Matters review to ensure that it meets or exceeds national standards for online course quality.  

The faculty members teaching in the MAT-PEPAL are leaders in the fields of physical education, physical activity leadership, coaching education, educational technology, and social psychology of sport. They are dedicated and passionate professionals who want to see students succeed. Read more about each faculty members’ specialized interests.    


Enable qualified leaders to transform schools into sustainable active learning cultures for all.


To cultivate a professional learning community surrounding the education, research, and support for schoolwide physical activity promotion and programming. Every graduate will be prepared to coordinate the development, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy for a comprehensive school physical activity program that impact the health of schools and youth.