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EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE -- SPECIAL (ADAPTED) PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The master of science in Exercise and Sport Science -- Special (Adapted) Physical Education combines a sound theoretical base with in-depth practicum/internship experiences. The well-established, nationally-recognized program offers courses covering the full spectrum of disabilities, assessment, teaching methods, program/curriculum development and evaluation, and staff supervision. Clinical experiences provide students with 500+ hours of supervised responsibilities in a variety of real world settings.

Graduates are prepared to:

-- assess motor development and fitness capabilities of persons with disabilities
-- design appropriate curricula for persons with disabilities
-- develop an individual education program (IEP)
-- supervise staff members and work in an interdisciplinary environment
-- provide administrative leadership for an adapted physical education program

Graduates are employed in:

-- public and private schools
-- community service programs
-- rehabilitation and recreation settings
-- community colleges
-- sport programs for individuals with disabilities
-- hospitals and developmental centers

This degree offers two program options: thesis option and non-thesis option. Both options require 32 credits. Either option prepares the graduate student as an instructional/resource specialist and program coordinator/supervisor of physical and recreational activity programs for persons with disabilities. Those wishing to pursue a professional placement in a public school setting must be certified to teach physical education.

A minimum of 16 credits must be earned in graduate-only level courses. A written comprehensive examination is required of all students at the end of the program. All courses are offered during the summer sessions on a rotating basis making it possible to earn a degree enrolling only during summer sessions. A summer only program would require a minimum of four summers to complete.

Prerequisites for Admissions

An undergraduate physical education, exercise science or other related area is generally possessed by persons entering this program. Deficiencies may be required for persons with degrees in other fields.

Thesis Option Research (12 credits)

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
ESS 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6 credits
Core Requirements (17 credits)
* ESS 530 Cause and Effects of Developmental, Physical and Sensory Disorders 4 credits
* ESS 536 Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Physical Education 3 credits
ESS 787 Clinical Internship in Special Physical Education (divided over 3 semesters) 3 credits
ESS 790 Supervision and Administration of Special Physical Education 2 credits
ESS 792 Seminar in Special Physical Education 3
ESS 793 Motor Development Issues in Special Physical Education 2
Electives
Course(s) with the approval of the student's adviser 3 credits

Total 32

All students are required to pass exit exams in their last semester.

Non-thesis Option Research (9 credits)

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
ESS 736 Critical Analysis Project: Special Physical Education 3 credits

Core Requirements (17 credits)

* ESS 530 Cause and Effects of Developmental, Physical and Sensory Disorders 4 credits
* ESS 536 Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Physical Education 3 credits
ESS 787 Clinical Internship in Special Physical Education (divided over 3 semesters) 3 credits
ESS 790 Supervision and Administration of Special Physical Education 2 credits
ESS 792 Seminar in Special Physical Education 3 credits
ESS 793 Motor Development Issues in Special Physical Education 2

Electives

Course(s) with the approval of the student's adviser 6 credits

Total 32

All students are required to pass exit exams in their last semester.


This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.


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