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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

KINESIOLOGY

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Application Deadlines:
For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

MASTER OF SCIENCE
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in kinesiology with specializations in Exercise Physiology, and Sport and Exercise Behavior, and the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in kinesiology and a specialization in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

The Exercise Physiology specialization is offered as an adult evening program designed in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for certification as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for careers as exercise specialists directing cardiac preventive and rehabilitative programs, hospitals, corporate wellness, personal training, positions in health and exercise science programs, or further study in graduate programs or allied health programs.  Students are able to begin in the fall, spring or summer and can complete degree requirements in 10, 18, or 21 months.  No more than 9 graduate hours may be taken toward the master’s degree as a non-degree graduate student.

The Sport and Exercise Behavior specialization focuses on the psychosocial factors that influence, and are influenced by, physical activity.  While this emphasis will appeal to those individuals currently teaching and/or coaching, it is also designed to provide a solid foundation for those desiring to further their graduate education in fields associated with behavioral medicine including exercise psychology, sport psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and health psychology.  Focusing on strategies for enhancing sport performance or adherence to exercise, for example, the Sport and Exercise Behavior program provides students with knowledge and skills that can be readily applied to numerous aspects of their own lives as well to the lives of their professional clients.

The Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy specialization focuses on research and contextual factors that influence physical education teaching.  While this degree will appeal to those individuals currently teaching and/or coaching, it is also designed to provide a solid foundation for those desiring to further their graduate education in fields associated with physical activity.  Focusing on strategies for enhancing teaching performance or student outcomes, for example, the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy program provides students with knowledge and skills that can be readily applied to numerous aspects of their own lives as well as to the lives of their students.

ADMISSION

Selection for admission is determined by the graduate faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.  In addition to Graduate School admission standards, the student’s grade point average and course work content from previous professional preparation will be used to determine qualifications for entrance into the program. Specifically, applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (A=4.0) to be considered for admittance into the program.  In addition, only courses in which the student earned a grade of "B" or better will be considered for transfer credit.  For international students, a minimum total internet-based TOEFL score of 100 is required to be considered for admission.  Admission may be granted to applicants who have a bachelor's degree and meet the aforementioned criteria, although any prerequisites necessary to study in a particular specialization are at the discretion of the program adviser.

Students are eligible to apply for the physical education and sport pedagogy program if they are certified or are certifiable to teach in the public schools. The master’s program includes a balance of technology-assisted on-campus courses (fall, spring and summer).  Normal time to completion is approximately two years.  Practical application of research based and developmentally appropriate teaching practices is emphasized by the program.  No more than 9 graduate hours may be taken toward the master’s degree as an unclassified graduate student.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Near the completion of the program of study, each student is required to select either a non-thesis option or research thesis option.  For the non-thesis option students must choose an internship for 3 credit hours.  For the thesis option the student will work with their adviser to organize a committee of three faculty members to supervise, monitor and evaluate the thesis for 3-6 credit hours.

Exercise Physiology Specialization (30 hours)

Core Courses (27 hours)
KIN 501 Behavioral Analysis of Exercise (3)
KIN 509 Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)
KIN 512 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
KIN 514 Advanced Exercise Assessment and Prescription (3)
KIN 516 Advanced Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (3)
KIN 517 Pathophysiology and Treatment of Obesity (3)
KIN 518 Exercise Endocrinology (3)
KIN 541 Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
KIN 597 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3)

Capstone Experience (Student is required to complete one of the following two options) (3 hours)
Non-Thesis Option: KIN 555 Internship in Exercise Physiology (3) OR
Thesis Option: KIN 599 Thesis (3)

Sport and Exercise Behavior Specialization (30 hours)

Required courses (15 hours):
KIN 501 Behavioral Analysis of Exercise (3)
KIN 502 Behavioral Analysis of Sport (3)
KIN 503 Physical Activity in Modern Society (3)
KIN 504 Psychology for Sport Performance (3)
KIN 509 Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)

Thesis (15 hours):
KIN 599 Thesis (6)
PSYC 520 Research Design and Inference I (3) OR
SOC 518 Advanced Data Analysis (3)
Electives (6).

Non-Thesis: (15 hours):
Electives

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Specialization (30 hours)

Required courses (21 hours):
KIN 521 Analysis of Research in Physical Education (3)
KIN 522 Analysis of Teaching Behaviors in Sport and Physical Education (3)
KIN 523 Curriculum in Sport and Physical Education (3)
KIN 524 Assessment in Sport and Physical Education (3)
KIN 526 Diversity in Sport and Physical Education (3)
KIN 527a Action Research in Physical Education I (3)
KIN 527b Presentation of Action Research in Physical Education II (3)

Non-thesis (9 hours):
Electives.

Thesis (9 hours):
KIN 599 Thesis (6)
PSYC 520 Research Design and Inference I (3)

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Exercise Physiology:  In the final semester all students will be required to take an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) style Exercise Specialists Certification Practice Exam.  This exam will be taken from questions in the ACSM’s Certification Review book and from test bank questions provided with ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.  Students who elect to prepare a thesis must present an oral defense of the thesis.

Sport and Exercise Behavior:  In the final semester non-thesis students will be required to complete a comprehensive project determined in close consultation with one’s graduate adviser and other faculty as appropriate. The project is intended to develop greater breadth and depth of understanding of the field and the application of knowledge that will lead to the implementation or presentation of a plan to a profession, community group or an organization as approved by the program director.  Concludes as the student presents orally the findings related to his/her project and defends conclusions against questions raised by the faculty adviser.

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy: Students must demonstrate competence in the content comprising the major (kinesiology and area of emphasis) via written and oral presentations of Action Research Projects.  Those selecting the thesis option must successfully defend the thesis.

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