Kinesiology

Degrees offered include the Master of Science in Education and the Educational Specialist. At the master's degree level, students may specialize in Exercise Physiology (see listing below for more information about this program) or complete a teacher certification program. (traditional master’s program for those holding a valid B level certificate in physical education or the alternative master’s program for those NOT completing an undergraduate physical education teacher education program). The teacher certification program links teacher certification with the graduate program in physical education. For example, the M.S. awards the level A certificate and the Ed.S. is linked to the AA certificate. Each program requires a teaching certificate in physical education at the previous level (e.g., B certificate for admission to the A level, except the Alternative A program, and the A certificate for admission to the AA certificate).

Dispositions

Physical Education faculty individually review the professional dispositions (behaviors and attitudes) of students within each course in accordance with the School of Education’s policy and procedure.  Additionally, faculty will collectively review student dispositions and overall progress in the program at the end of each semester.  Dispositional areas identified as deficient could result in termination from the program.

Master of Science and "A" level teaching certificate; Non-Thesis

(34-40 hours)

Teaching Field: At least 1/3 of the program shall be teaching field courses. (18 hours)

RequirementsHours
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
KIN 643Curriculum Development in Physical Education3
KIN 647Teaching Strategies and Issues in K-12 PE3
KIN 649Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 693Advanced Field Experience in Physical Education3
Additional Courses (13-16 hours) 113-16
Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Educational Research Design
Statistical Methods and Action Research
EDF or EPR 600 level course
Electives (as approved by advisor) 29
Total Hours37-40
1

 Survey of Special Education Coursework: Required if not previously completed (0-3 hours)

2

Potential courses that may be used for the Electives in the Exercise Physiology Master's Physiology Master's Degree Program: CHHS 502GER 540, KIN 585KIN 630, KIN 636, KIN 639, KIN 640, KIN 645, KIN 672, KIN 674, KIN 690, KIN 694, KIN 695, KIN 697, NTR 579, NTR 601, NTR 618, NTR 625,NTR 650. Other graduate level courses may be used with the consent of your Advisor.

Master of Science and "A" level teaching certificate; Thesis

(30-33 hours)

Teaching Field: At least 1/3 of the program shall be teaching field courses. (18 hours)

RequirementsHours
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
KIN 643Curriculum Development in Physical Education3
KIN 647Teaching Strategies and Issues in K-12 PE3
KIN 649Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 693Advanced Field Experience in Physical Education3-6
KIN 699Thesis Research1-6
Additional Courses (13 hours)13
EDF or EPR 600 level course
Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Educational Research Design
Statistical Methods and Action Research
Electives (as approved by advisor) 2
Total Hours29-37
1

 Survey of Special Education Coursework: Required if not previously completed (0-3 hours)

2

Potential courses that may be used for the Electives in the Exercise Physiology Master's Physiology Master's Degree Program: CHHS 502GER 540, KIN 585KIN 630, KIN 636, KIN 639, KIN 640, KIN 645, KIN 672, KIN 674, KIN 690, KIN 694, KIN 695, KIN 697, NTR 579, NTR 601, NTR 618, NTR 625,NTR 650. Other graduate level courses may be used with the consent of your Advisor.

Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology specialization offers a master's degree option for students interested in either clinical exercise physiology or physiology research. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and can comprise of courses in the Schools of Education, Medicine, Health Related Professions, and Public Health. Two program plans are offered (detailed below). Plan I culminates with a thesis research project, and Plan II culminates with a written comprehensive exam. Resources for student participation in research include an Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Exercise & Nutritional Physiology Laboratory. Wide arrays of field experiences are also available at UAB and in local agencies and clinics. In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, prospective students must have completed undergraduate coursework in Biology or Chemistry. Listed below are the courses required in the program and a sample of elective courses.

Master of Science in Kinesiology with Exercise Physiology Concentration

Admission Requirement and Prerequisites

In addition to the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, potential applicants must have passed an undergraduate or graduate level BY or CH course. Undergraduate level Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology courses are program prerequisites. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

Plan I - 33 hours with Thesis

RequirementsHours
EPR 596Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
EPR 609Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate 13
KIN 637Physiology of Exercise I3
KIN 638Physiology of Exercise II3
KIN 642Practicum in Physiology3
KIN 699Thesis Research6
Electives in Major 212
Total Hours33
1

EPR 609 has a prerequisite of EPR 607/EPR 608 or equivalent (the equivalent must have been completed within two years of enrolling in EPR 609 and the student must have earned a grade of C or better); OR, a student may take a by-pass exam and earn a score of 70 or above.  Please contact Dr. Melanie Shores, (EPR Program Director), mshores@uab.edu if you have questions regarding this EPR Policy.

2

Potential courses that may be used for the Electives in the Exercise Physiology Master's Physiology Master's Degree Program: CHHS 502, GER 540, KIN 585, KIN 630, KIN 639, KIN 640, KIN 645, KIN 656, KIN 672, KIN 674, KIN 690, KIN 694, KIN 695, KIN 697, NTR 579, NTR 601, NTR 618, NTR 625, NTR 650. Other graduate level courses may be used with the consent of your Advisor.

Plan II - 36 hours with Comprehensive Exam

RequirementsHours
EPR 609Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate 13
EPR 596Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
KIN 637Physiology of Exercise I3
KIN 638Physiology of Exercise II3
Electives in Major 224
Total Hours36
1

EPR 609 has a prerequisite of EPR 607/EPR 608 or equivalent (the equivalent must have been completed within two years of enrolling in EPR 609 and the student must have earned a grade of C or better); OR, a student may take a by-pass exam and earn a score of 70 or above.  Please contact Dr. Melanie Shores, (EPR Program Director), mshores@uab.edu if you have questions regarding this EPR Policy.

2

Potential courses that may be used for the Electives in the Exercise Physiology Master's Physiology Master's Degree Program: CHHS 502, GER 540, KIN 585, KIN 630, KIN 639, KIN 640, KIN 645, KIN 656, KIN 672, KIN 674, KIN 690, KIN 694, KIN 695, KIN 697, NTR 579, NTR 601, NTR 618, NTR 625, NTR 650. Other graduate level courses may be used with the consent of your Advisor.

Master of Science in Kinesiology: Physical Education Alternative Master's Non-Thesis Program

The M.S. requires a minimum of 51 hours for the Physical Education Alternative Master's Non-Thesis program. A GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EDF or EPR 500-600 level course (Advisor Approval Required)3
EDR 551Reading in Content Areas3
EDU 500Education as a Profession1
EPR 607Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis1
EPR 608Statistical Methods and Action Research3
KIN 509Assessment in Physical Education3
KIN 511Elementary School Physical Education3
KIN 520Fitness and Motor Skill Acquisition3
KIN 520LSport Skill Proficiency1
KIN 523Techniques of Teaching LIFE Skills in Secondary Schools3
KIN 589Physical Education Instructional Strategies6
KIN 607Principles of Coaching3
KIN 645Advanced Motor Development3
KIN 649Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 696Elementary/Secondary Physical Education Internship9
Total Hours51
1

Survey of Special Education Coursework: Required if not previously completed (0-3 hours)

Education Specialist Degree in Education with a Concentration inPhysical Education

The Ed.S. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for the Physical Education program. A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required.

RequirementsHours
At least 1/3 of the program shall be teaching field courses (12 hours)
KIN 636Current Readings in Physical Education3
KIN 715Advanced Field Experience in Physical Education3
KIN 726Supervised Research in Physical Education3
Survey of Special Education Coursework: Required if not previously completed (0-3 hours)
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
KIN 729Physical Education Seminar3
Additional Courses
EPR 692Introduction to Educational Research Design3
EPR 609Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate3
Select one course from the list below:3
Critical Social Issues in American Education
Cult and Amer Educ: Race Class and Gender
Adapted Physical Education
600-700 level Electives with permission of Advisor9
Total Hours33
1

 Not required if previously completed