Kinesiology, Master of Science (0454)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/krs/
Mark A. Schafer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-5857
The M.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students to pursue various health/wellness, fitness, rehabilitation, performance-based and research careers. Students looking to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of kinesiology/exercise physiology in preparation for a professional career will do so through relevant coursework, laboratory experiences, practical experiences, and a field experience and/or research project tailored to their personal interests and goals. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral program will also have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led and self-directed research, in addition to relevant coursework, which will foster the development of advanced methodological and laboratory skills necessary for doctoral level study. The Exercise Physiology concentration does not lead to rank change for Kentucky teachers.
The M.S. in Kinesiology, Physical Education Teacher Leader concentration focuses on teaching and meeting the Kentucky teacher requirements for advanced teaching standards. The concentration requires 10-16 credit hours of Professional Education Core, including 3 credit hours of Action Research; and 15 credit hours of Physical Education Specialization courses. The Teacher Leader concentration is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools. Courses and experiences include Professional Learning Communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas to discuss and work on real world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools.
- Exercise Physiology (KIEP)
- Physical Education Teacher Leader (KIPE)
Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)
This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
- Current resume
- Statement of Professional Intent providing a sample of the applicant's writing style and ability. Please refer to the program website for additional information regarding the Statement of Intent.
Students with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation from professors in their major and/or their academic advisor.
Teacher Leader Concentration
Criteria vary, depending on the student's undergraduate institution and GPA. No GRE requirement for admission.
- WKU Graduate: Automatic admission with a current teaching certificate in Physical Education or a statement of eligibility.
- Graduate of a Kentucky Higher Education Institute other than WKU: A 2.75 GPA or higher or a GAP1 score of 550. A current teaching certificate in Physical Education or a statement of eligibility.
- Graduate of an Out-of-State Institution of Higher Education: A 2.75 GPA or higher or a GAP1 score of 550. A current teaching certificate in Physical Education or a statement of eligibility.
Kentucky applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for reissued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the reissued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional course.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (31-33 hours)
Exercise Physiology Concentration (33 hours)
|KIN 501||Research Methods in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN 504||Advanced Exercise Physiology||3|
|KIN 518||Advanced Statistics in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN 512||Advanced Strength & Conditioning||3|
|KIN 514||Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology||3|
|KIN 522||Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription||3|
|KIN 524||Applied Biomechanics||3|
|KIN 503||Advanced Motor Learning and Control||3|
|KIN 523||Seminar in Exercise Physiology||3|
|KIN 599||Thesis Research/Writing||6|
|or KIN 596||Internship in Exercise Physiology|
Physical Education Teacher Leader Concentration (31 hours)
The program is divided into two instructional components. The first component, Professional Education, provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in various grade levels, content, and community areas. The second component is the specialization that allows the candidate to expand content, pedagogy, and/or leadership skills. The Physical Education Teacher Leader concentration consists of KIN 503, KIN 505, KIN 508, KIN 520, and RSA 534. This specialization allows for professional growth concurrent with the goals of the candidate. An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the degree.
During the first course in the program, TCHL 500, students will complete an assessment process that will be used in determining which TCHL core courses they must take in the professional education core. All students must complete TCHL 500, TCHL 530, TCHL 545, TCHL 555, TCHL 559, and TCHL 560 or pass proficiency evaluations for TCHL 545 and TCHL 555.
|Professional Education Component|
|TCHL 500||Foundations of Teacher Leadership||3|
|TCHL 530||Curriculum Development||3|
|TCHL 545||Classroom Instruction Strategies 1||3|
|TCHL 555||School and Classroom Assessment 1||3|
|TCHL 559||Capstone Project Design for Teacher Leadership||1|
|TCHL 560||Capstone Project for Teacher Leadership||3|
|Mid-Point Assessment Requirements|
|To ensure that all master's candidates are proficient on Advanced Level Kentucky Teacher Standards, all Critical Performances associated with the above TCHL courses must be completed, even if a candidate's program of study does not include the courses. Candidates may only complete 6 hours in Level 2 before they have uploaded all Critical Performances and have achieved an average score of 3.0 on all performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions. Additional course work during Level 2 may be required based on the assessment results.|
|KIN 503||Advanced Motor Learning and Control||3|
|KIN 505||Foundations of Curriculum Construction||3|
|KIN 508||Adaptive Physical Education||3|
|KIN 520||Teaching Strategies in Physical Education||3|
|RSA 534||Facility Management||3|
TCHL 560 - Action Research for Teacher Leaders
Present research results in a venue approved by the advisor.
Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in overall coursework.