MA in Exercise Science and Physical Education
The graduate program in Exercise Science and Physical Education provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in the general field of exercise science and physical education, and to enhance proficiency in an area of concentration. Concentrations are offered in Exercise Science, Sports Administration and Coaching, and Teaching and Supervision in Physical Education. Many of the courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format in which some of the class meetings take place in the classroom while the remaining class sessions are conducted online. Facilities for learning activities and research in motor learning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology are provided in the state-of-the art Human Performance Laboratory and the Physical Education Activity Laboratory in University Hall.
The concentration in Sports Administration and Coachingis designed to develop and enhance competencies necessary for coaching of athletics in a public school setting or in higher education, administration of athletic programs at a secondary or higher education level, and management in a community or professional sport organization. One of the strengths of this program is that it represents a blend of content related to the art of coaching and administration of athletics including coursework in sport management, sport law, sport marketing, sports conditioning, coaching techniques, and sport psychology.
The concentration in Teaching and Supervision in Physical Education is designed to augment competencies necessary for teaching in school programs and administration of physical education. A primary strength of the program is the curriculum, which provides the practicing physical educator with opportunities to study advanced theory in the development of motor skills and physical activity habits, as well as principles in curriculum design, supervision, and reflective teaching specific to physical education.
The concentration in Exercise Science is designed to cultivate knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in a commercial, corporate, or clinical setting. A balance of exercise science theory and practical application, coursework is designed to enhance skills regarding the development of aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs for athletes, healthy adults, and individuals with various health challenges. At the completion of this program students are prepared for taking the prestigious ACSM and NSCA fitness certifications. A recent addition to this program is a course in management and supervision of sport and fitness programs, a plus for those pursuing an administrative position in the fitness industry.
Exercise Science and Physical Education Brochure