The Department of Kinesiology offers the Master of Arts degree with the following areas of study:

  • sport management (two options: non-certification or Class A Sport Manager certification)
  • exercise science
  • general studies in human performance (coursework options from exercise science, sport pedagogy, and sport management)
  • sport pedagogy (traditional Class A and Alternative Class A certification in physical education)

The latter three programs are available under Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (nonthesis). The sport management area of study involves completing a “Capstone experience” project. In addition, there is a sport management area of study that leads to Class A Sport Manager certification. The sport pedagogy area of study leads to Class A Physical Education certification. Additionally, the sport pedagogy area of study offers a non-traditional approach to certification for those with an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field and leads to Alternative Class A certification in physical education.

There are admission requirements specific to the department in addition to those in the Graduate Catalogs on Admission Criteria. Please pay special attention to the Degree Requirements section of this catalog for important information on transfer of course work, time limits, plan of study, admission to candidacy, etc.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.


For the College of Education, note the sections on General Admission, Master’s, Professional Certification, and Doctoral earlier in this catalog. 

Physical Education, Traditional Class A Certification

For admission, applicants must hold appropriate prior certification in physical education (P-12) or the approved equivalent.

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Required course:
KIN 510Tchg & Supervg Elem PE3
Foundations of Professional Studies:
KIN 691Res Sociology Human Perf3
Select ONE course from these SDE approved diversity courses:3
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Multicultural Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research:
(Select ONE of these educational research courses.)3
Techniques of Research
Evaluation in Phys Education
Statistical Methods In Educ
Practicum:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience3
Teaching Field:
KIN 512PE Curriculum3
Three advisor approved 500-600 level courses in Kinesiology Studies9
Technology:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Additional Requirements:
Thesis6
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours36-39

Physical Education, Alternative Class A Certification

In addition to meeting admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must complete specified undergraduate prerequisite courses.

For admission to the Alternative Class A (non-traditional) program in physical education (sport pedagogy), applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Transcript evaluation: Applicants should contact the Office of Student Services & Certification for a transcript evaluation to determine prerequisite courses and other requirements.
  • Degree requirement: An appropriate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 OR a master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
  • Assessment of basic skills: Applicants must meet current basic skills requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). Effective September 1, 2017, passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests of mathematics, reading and writing are required (or passing scores on all components of the previously accepted Basic Skills assessment before 9/1/17). Information about the Praxis Core tests is available online at https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed or in the Office of Student Services & Certification (104 Carmichael Hall).
  • Teaching Field: Applicants must have an academic content major (or the equivalent) in the teaching field. The transcript evaluation will determine if an applicant meets the teaching field requirement.
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C, and earn passing scores on a comprehensive exam and the appropriate Praxis subject assessment(s).

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
KIN 510Tchg & Supervg Elem PE3
KIN 512PE Curriculum3
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed3
Technology:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
KIN 566 is required if KIN 366 was not taken prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Literacy:
CRD 512 is required if CRD 350 was not taken prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Teaching Field:
KIN 595Workshop Physical Education6
KIN 590Sports/Dance Workshop6
Full-time Internship:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience6
Special Education Coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Total Hours30-39

Sport Management, Class A Certification

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School and the College of Education, applicants to the Class A Sport Management program must hold appropriate prior certification in a teaching field.

Effective July 1, 2017, two full years of full-time, acceptable professional educational work experience are required for admission to Class A instructional support programs, including sport management.

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Professional Foundations:
Select ONE course from these SDE approved diversity courses:3
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Multicultural Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Instructional Support Area:
KIN 500Sociology of Sport3
KIN 506Techniques of Research3
KIN 552Legal Issues in Sport3
KIN 553Sport Facility and Event Management3
KIN 555Sport Finance3
KIN 562Admin Sports Programs3
KIN 588Marketing and the Media3
Internship/Practicum:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience3
KIN 551Sport Management Internship3
Additional Requirements:
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33