The Department of Kinesiology offers the master of arts degree in Human Performance with courses focusing on the following areas:
sport management (non-certification and Class A certification options)
general human performance (coursework options from exercise science, sport pedagogy, and sport management)
sport pedagogy (traditional Class A and Alternative Class A)
The latter three programs are available under Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (nonthesis). The sport management program involves completing a “capstone experience” project. In addition, there is a sport management program that leads to Class A certification. The degree with an emphasis in sport pedagogy leads to Class A Physical Education (P-12) certification. There is also an Alternative Class A program in sport pedagogy for those with an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field. Programs leading to the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in human performance with emphases in sport pedagogy and exercise science are also offered.
Department Head and Associate Professor
- Jonathan Wingo
- Matthew Curtner-Smith
- Mark T. Richardson
- John Vincent
- Michael Esco
- Brent L. Hardin
- Oleg A. Sinelnikov
- Michael Fedewa
- Hayley MacDonald
- K. Andrew Richards
- Dylan Williams
Clinical assistant professors
- Colleen Geary
- Margaret Stran
- Elizabeth Woodruff
Examines the institution of sport from a sociological perspective. Provides an opportunity to critically analyze the assumptions surrounding the social significance of sport through a process of reflective thought.
Designed to acquaint the student with the types of research and the methods and materials necessary for scientific inquiry. Includes the development of a research proposal, with emphasis on form and style.
Theoretical and practical understanding of physiological instrumentation and measurement in physical education, including practical laboratory experiences, as preparation for graduate research or other research opportunities.
Perceptual-motor development of infants and young children. Current philosophies, theories, and methods; laboratory work in movement exploration. A clinical experience is required.
Open to elementary education and physical education majors. Reviews the essential concepts for successfully teaching grades 1-6; learning, function and duties of consultant.
Online course. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the extant literature relating to trends and issues in sport and recreation management. Emphasis will be placed on approaches to proactively implement the contemporary trends.
Program content and curriculum planning in grades 1-12 and higher education; includes developing curriculum plan applicable to one's need.
Pertinent information concerning legislation, mainstreaming, the physical education IEP, and movement problems of individuals who deviate from the norm. A clinical experience is required.
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain applied, practical experience in a suitable sport management related setting.
Legal Issues in Sport provides an overview of legal issues that frequently arise in the context of sport and physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on how sport managers should respond to specific situations based on the law.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the factors involved in planning, designing, equipping, and managing sport facilities and event logistics.
An overview of the budgeting process, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, issued and innovations in financing for sport management.
Problems and issues in organizing and administering secondary and college athletic programs.
Covers practical aspects of measurements and evaluation in schools and colleges to measure clients, patients, and students. A practical measurement/evaluation on project is completed.
Provides for teaching laboratory, internship, and/or practicum experiences, according to individual needs and goals.
This course examines the various components of sport marketing and consumer culture. Particular emphasis is given to the influence of the media in promoting sporting goods and products.
In-depth study of physical education subject matters (gymnastics, dance, fitness, aquatics, track and field, and sports/games) focusing on content, theoretical frameworks, and educational perspectives. Students enroll in 1-credit-hour workshops according to individual needs and certification requirements.
Designed to be an overview of the human physiological response to exercise.
Explores advanced fitness testing and exercise prescription techniques using practical experiences.
This course is designed to help students improve their ability to teach elementary, secondary, and/or college physical education and understand theory and research as it is applied in each setting.
Designed to provide the opportunity for independent study in a specific area of physical education.
Experimental or analytical investigation of problems in physical education.
Research in a selected area of physical education.
An independent readings course for doctoral students.
Experimental or analytical investigations of problems in physical education, arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students.
Critical issues in athletics, curriculum, instruction, evaluation, research, fitness, individual differences, and financial support.
An examination of the development, design, and application of research in physical education/teacher education.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to critical areas of sport management and the theories associated with organizational behavior and theory development.
A thorough analysis of published research on teaching in physical education.
An examination of analytical techniques used to collect and evaluate data related to teacher and student behaviors. Instruction in the development and use of systematic observation instruments is provided.
An examination of methods, applications, and current research related to instructional design.
Arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students. Participation and research in schools and agencies.
Designed to acquaint the student with the health benefits of regular physical activity and exercise. The most recent research literature is critically analyzed.
Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the literature on the occupational socialization of physical education teachers.
Provides an opportunity to study in depth the scientific literature related to various exercise physiology topics. May be taken more than once.
Experimental or analytical investigation of problems in kinesiology.
Design, research, and/or analytical investigation of a problem in the field of kinesiology to satisfy the dissertation requirement for the doctoral degree.