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 Graduate College

Physical Education (MA)

School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services

www.uni.edu/coe/departments/school-health-physical-education-leisure-services/physical-education-0
203 Wellness/Recreation Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Dr. Doris Corbett: School of HPELS Director
Phone: (319) 273-6475
E-mail: doris.corbett@uni.edu

Please direct graduate program inquires to the appropriate person below:

Dr. Kevin Finn: Graduate Coordinator -- Kinesiology Emphasis;
Graduate Advisor -- Exercise & Sports Performance Focus
Phone: (319) 273-5921
E-mail: kevin.finn@uni.edu

Dr. Jennifer Waldron: Graduate Advisor -- Kinesiology Emphasis; Sport & Exercise Psychology Focus
Phone: (319) 273-6479
E-mail: jennifer.waldron@uni.edu

Dr. Fabio Fontana: Graduate Coordinator -- Teaching/Coaching Emphasis
Phone: (319) 273-6479
E-mail:  fabio.fontana@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Division of Physical Education (within the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services) for other application requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program. 

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for both options. Additional hours may be required if, upon entering the graduate program, the student needs prerequisites. Total hours for the thesis option includes 6 hours of PEMES 6299 (420:299) Research . Total hours for the non-thesis option includes 2 hours of PEMES 6299 (420:299) Research for a research paper. A thesis/research paper defense is required. 

This major offers two emphases:

1. Teaching/Coaching Emphasis:

To be eligible for admission to the graduate program, the candidate must have an undergraduate degree in teaching physical education or be currently licensed to teach physical education.  Undergraduate students in the last semester of a bachelor degree in physical education PK-12 teaching my be provisionally accepted.  Candidates not meeting these requirements may petition for special consideration for admission. 

A minimum of 15 hours must be at the 200/6000 level for both the thesis and non-thesis options.  The program is available on the thesis and non-thesis options.

Teaching and coaching are respectively the primary and the secondary focuses of the program.  The program does not lead to a teaching license in Physical Education.

Required:
Measurement and Research/Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services, Interdepartmental:6
HPELS 6290 (440:290)
Research Methods for Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
Choose one of the following:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)
Educational Research
HPELS 6210 (440:210)
Quantitative Methods in HPELS
HPELS 6215 (440:215)
Qualitative Methods
Physical Education:9
PEMES 6230 (420:230)
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
PEMES 6231 (420:231)
Effective Teaching in Physical Education
PEMES 6273 (420:273)
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Athletics
Physical Education:2
PEMES 6297 (420:297)
Practicum
2 hours
Research:2 or 6
PEMES 6299 (420:299)
Research
Thesis option (6 hrs.)
Non-thesis option (2 hrs.)
Electives from the following courses:7 or 11
PEMES 6251 (420:251)
Biomechanics
PEMES 6255 (420:255)
Motor Control and Learning
PEMES 6285 (420:285)
Readings in Physical Education
PEMES 6289 (420:289)
Seminar in Physical Education (maximum 12 hours on different topics)
Thesis option (7 hrs.)
Non-thesis option (11 hrs.)
Total hours30

2. Kinesiology Emphasis:

This emphasis is designed for those who wish to concentrate their study in one of the subdisciplines of Kinesiology.  The major offers two focus areas, and is available on the thesis and non-thesis options.  A  minimum of 21 hours, exclusive of PEMES 6299 (420:299) credit, must be at the 200/6000-level.

Exercise Science and Sports Performance Focus:

Required:
Physical Education:9
PEMES 6251 (420:251)
Biomechanics
PEMES 6253 (420:253)
Advanced Exercise Physiology
PEMES 6260 (420:260)
Laboratory Instrumentation and Test Interpretation
Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services, Interdepartmental:6
HPELS 6210 (440:210)
Quantitative Methods in HPELS (or equivalent)
HPELS 6290 (440:290)
Research Methods for Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
Physical Education:6
PEMES 6289 (420:289)
Seminar in Physical Education (on different topics)
Research:2 or 6
PEMES 6299 (420:299)
Research
Thesis option (6 hrs.)
Non-thesis option (2 hrs.)
Electives from the following courses:3 or 7
PEMES 6222 (420:222)
Sport Psychology
PEMES 6255 (420:255)
Motor Control and Learning
PEMES 6271 (420:271)
Cardiovascular Physiology
PEMES 6285 (420:285)
Readings in Physical Education
PEMES 6289 (420:289)
Seminar in Physical Education (maximum 6 hours in addition to required hours on different topics)
PEMES 6297 (420:297)
Practicum
Thesis option (3 hrs.)
Non-thesis option (7 hrs.)
Total hours30