EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHING
Program Requirements

The physical education teaching program is designed as a practitioner-oriented program for physical education teaching professionals seeking additional qualifications and expertise in areas such as teaching methods and styles, new and innovative curricular design, analysis of effective teaching, supervision, adventure, adapted physical education, and outdoor education. Students select either the thesis option (36 credits) or non-thesis option (33-36 credits). Students choosing the non-thesis option must apply for and successfully complete comprehensive written exams in the department of exercise and sport science. Within the PE teaching degree program, students must also select among the following: 1) electives related to the field of teaching, 2) adapted physical education emphasis, or 3) adventure/outdoor pursuits emphasis. All elective credits selected by the student must be approved by the program director. At least half of the credits must be earned in 700-level courses. The physical education teaching program does not result in a K-12 teaching certificate. Additional course work may be required based on previously completed undergraduate courses.

Prerequisites or equivalents are:
1.    Undergraduate major/minor in physical education and/or sport science/management from an accredited four-year
       institution.
2.    Documented course work in the following areas:
       -    anatomy/physiology
       -    measurement and evaluation in physical education
       -    adapted physical education
       -    motor development/behavior/child development

Category A - Research (6-12 credits)
Thesis Option (12 credits)
Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
ESS 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6
   
Non-thesis Option (6 credits)  Credits
EFN 730  Introduction to Research 3
ESS 752 Assessment in Physical Education and Athletics 3
Written comprehensive exam  
     
Category B - Core Requirements  (14 credits) Credits
ESS 725 Diversity in the Physical Activity Setting 2
ESS 727 Planning for Effective Instruction in PE 2
ESS 737 Curriculum Design in Physical Education 2
ESS 759 Analysis and Supervision of Physical Education 3
ESS 765 Adventure Education 3
ESS 771 Current Issues in Physical Education     2
     
Category C - Electives
(Thesis option - 10 credits)
(Non-thesis option - 13 elective credits)
 

Elective courses must be related to the field of teaching. A student may select one of the emphases or a variety of courses offered in exercise and sport science, health education, and educational studies departments. All electives must be pre-approved by the program director. Up to six (6) credits of ESS 560 will count toward this category.

ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS

Category A –Research (9-12 credits)
Thesis Option (
12 credits)

Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
ESS 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6
Non-thesis Option (9 credits) Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
ESS 536 Assessment in Adapted Physical Education 3
ESS 736 Critical Analysis Project: Written comprehensive exam 3
   
Category B – Core Requirements (14 credits) Credits
ESS 725 Diversity in the Physical Activity Setting 2
ESS 727 Planning for Effective Instruction in PE 2
ESS 737 Curriculum Design in Physical Education 2
ESS 759 Analysis and Supervision of Physical Education 3
ESS 765 Adventure Education 3
ESS 771 Current Issues in Physical Education 2
   

Category C – Elective Requirements
(Thesis option -
10 credits)
(Non-thesis option -
13 credits
)

Credits
ESS 530 Disability and Physical Activity Implications 4
ESS 537 Teaching Models in Adapted Physical Education 3
ESS 787 Clinical Internship in Adapted Physical Education 3
Electives Non-thesis option only 3

ADVENTURE/OUTDOOR EDUCATION EMPHASIS

Category A - Research (6-12 credits)
Thesis Option (12 credits)

Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research      3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
ESS 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6

Non-thesis Option (6 credits)

Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
ESS 752 Assessment in Physical Education and Athletics 3

Written comprehensive exam

 
   
Category B – Core Requirements (14 credits) Credits
ESS 725 Diversity in the Physical Activity Setting 2
ESS 727 Planning for Effective Instruction in PE 2
ESS 737 Curriculum Design in Physical Education 2
ESS 759 Analysis and Supervision of      Physical Education 3
ESS 765 Adventure Education 3
ESS 771 Current Issues in Physical Education 2
   
Category C – Elective Requirements
(Thesis option -10 credits)
(Non-thesis option -
13 credits
)
Credits
ESS 745 Pedagogy of Outdoor Physical Education 3
ESS 777 Seminar in Adventure/Outdoor Physical Education 2
ESS 778 Practicum in Adventure Education 2
Electives Thesis option
Non-thesis option
3
6

Adventure/Outdoor Pursuit Concentration
Adventure/Outdoor Pursuits also is available as a concentration in programs outside of PE-teaching, such as recreation management and sport administration. Students who want to accomplish this must complete ESS 745, 765, 777, 778 plus 6 credits of approved electives for a total of 16 credits.

ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

The concentration in athletic training education is designed to provide advanced study for individuals who are National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) certified, or eligible to take the examination. This concentration is designed to prepare individuals who are highly qualified and motivated athletic training educators. Selected courses and clinical experiences will have an educational emphasis. Additionally, the concentration will offer students the ability to expand their athletic training related skills and skills relevant to the research process by participating in a variety of scholarly activities that may be incorporated into one’s professional practice. It can be coupled with any graduate degree program as long as the prerequisites are met and the program allows it.

Concentration Prerequisites
1. Successfully passed or be eligible to take the NATABOC examination or
2. Possess a NATABOC equivalent athletic training credential.

Concentration Requirements    Credits
ESS 732 Advanced Athletic Activity Injury Management                   3
ESS 733 Advanced Athletic Training Teaching 3
ESS 734 Effective Instruction in Athletic Training 3
ESS 740 Reading/Writing in Athletic Training  3
  Total Credits 12

Note:
In order to have this concentration listed on a student’s transcript, the student must be certified through the NATABOC, or possess a NATABOC equivalent athletic training credential.