Master of Science in Physical Education


Program Rationale:

The graduate program of Physical Education is designed to: (1) increase the competency of teachers of physical education and (2) provide valuable subject matter for professionals in exercise science and sports medicine.
An undergraduate program in physical education from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred for admission to the master's degree program.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • interpret and determine appropriate application of any one or combination of the following theories: pedagogical (Pedagogy), psychological and sociological (Sport); biomechanical and physiological (Exercise Science);
  • read and interpret research and apply significant findings to their profession; and
  • expand and integrate knowledge of fitness, health, and wellness and apply it to the field of teaching or exercise science.


Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the School of Graduate Studies

Course and Capstone Requirements
(30 credits):
Electives and Professional Education:
3-6 credits of courses other than Physical Education as approved by faculty advisor. Students who are Certified Teachers must take a minimum of one Professional Education graduate course.
Core courses:
15-18 credits of department offerings as approved by faculty advisor. All students must take a minimum of one course from the Exercise Science category.
I. PEDAGOGY
PE 500 Improving Student Learning in Physical Education (Spring even years)
PE 505 Instructional Tools for Physical Education (Fall even years)
PE 510 Instructional Models for Physical Education (Fall odd years)
PE 520 Current Issues in Physical Education (Spring odd years)
PE 590 Independent Study/Topics in Physical Education (Irregular)
II. SPORT
EXS 507 Human Perspectives in Sport (Spring odd years)
EXS 515 Sport, Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology (Spring even years)
PE 524 Sport, Physical Education, Athletics and the Law (Fall even years)
PE 525 Concepts in Athletic Administration (Fall odd years)
III. EXERCISE SCIENCE
EXS 519 Sport Biomechanics (Fall even years)
EXS 522 Physical Activity and Health (Spring odd years)
EXS 523 Essentials of Sports Performance Training (Summer even years)
EXS 530 Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport Performance (Summer odd years)
EXS 590 Independent Study/Topics in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (Irregular)
EXS 592 Advanced Physiology of Sport and Exercise (Fall odd years)
IV. RESEARCH (6-9 credits):
PE 597 Research in Physical Education and Exercise Science I (Fall; required for all plans)
NOTE: Students must take before successful completion of 12 credit hours
PE 598 Research in Physical Education and Exercise Science II (Spring; required for all plans)
NOTE: Students must take before successful completion of 24 credit hours
PE 599 Thesis (Irregular; PLAN A ONLY)
Capstone Requirement:
Plan A (Thesis)
or
Plan B (Comprehensive Exam)

Note: No more than 9 credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

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