Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Kinesiology, Master of Science (0454)

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Program Coordinator

Danilo V. Tolusso,, (270) 745-2004

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 an accelerated timeframe. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

Exercise Physiology

  1. Current resume
  2. 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.

  1. WKU Graduate:  Automatic admission with a current teaching certificate in Physical Education or a statement of eligibility.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.



Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (31-33 hours)

Exercise Physiology Concentration (33 hours)

Required Courses
KIN 501Research Methods in Kinesiology3
KIN 504Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 518Advanced Statistics in Kinesiology3
KIN 512Advanced Strength & Conditioning3
KIN 514Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology3
KIN 522Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription3
KIN 524Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 503Advanced Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 523Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
KIN 599Thesis Research/Writing6
or KIN 596 Internship in Exercise Physiology
Total Hours33

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 505KIN 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.

Required Courses
Professional Education Component
TCHL 500Foundations of Teacher Leadership3
TCHL 530Curriculum Development3
TCHL 545Classroom Instruction Strategies 13
TCHL 555School and Classroom Assessment 13
TCHL 559Capstone Project Design for Teacher Leadership1
TCHL 560Capstone Project for Teacher Leadership3
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.
Required Courses
Specialization Component
KIN 503Advanced Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 505Foundations of Curriculum Construction3
KIN 508Adaptive Physical Education3
KIN 520Teaching Strategies in Physical Education3
RSA 534Facility Management3
Total Hours31

If the proficiency exams for TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 are passed, 6 hours of advisor approved electives will be needed to replace those courses.

Completion Requirements

  1. TCHL 560 - Action Research for Teacher Leaders

  2. Present research results in a venue approved by the advisor.

  3. Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in overall coursework.