Graduate Academic Catalog 2019 - 2020 
    Mar 25, 2023  
Graduate Academic Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology: Physical Education Emphasis, M.A.

Program Director: Jim Ave, Ph.D.


This graduate program is designed for students with backgrounds in physical education and/or coaching who wish to enhance their competencies in teaching, coaching, and consulting or program administration. It prepares the graduate for a variety of physical or sport-related careers.

Admissions Requirements


  • Application form and fee.
  • One current reference form.
  • 2.75 or greater GPA. Individuals with a GPA below 2.75 must submit the following:
    • A letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75.
    • Resume including all related professional and extracurricular experiences.
  • Official transcripts verifying a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, or related area from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Individuals without a B.A./B.S. in kinesiology or a related area may satisfy this requirement one of the following ways:
  1. Having a minimum of 12 semester units of prerequisite study in kinesiology, physical education, or related area (this does not include PE activity units or athletic participation units).
  2. 4 years of full-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience or 8 years of part-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience. *
  3. Combination of academic and work experience equivalent to 12 semester units of prerequisite coursework. *

*1 year of full-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience = 3 units of prerequisite coursework; 1 year of part-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience = 1.5 units of prerequisite coursework.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze disciplinary content knowledge/theories and modes of inquiry that form the basis for kinesiology programs and instruction.
  2. Apply disciplinary content knowledge and theories to design and conduct appropriate learning and professional experiences.
  3. Apply continuous professional learning to their own professional development, to be an advocate for the kinesiology discipline, and to be a responsive and reflective practitioner.
  4. Analyze ethical and moral situations that are related to sport, teaching physical education, coaching sports, practicing athletic training, and administering sport programs using the values, principles, and standards of one's profession. 

Physical Education Emphasis Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the physical education emphasis the student will be able to:

  1. Design content and/or grade-specific standards-based curriculum.
  2. Analyze professional standards to identify and develop effective, developmentally appropriate and standards-based lesson plans, as well as engage in reflective practices to improve instructional effectiveness.
  3. Develop and use a variety of standards-based assessment tools and techniques and statistically analyze results for program improvement.

Program Length/Semester Starts

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology starts in the fall semesters and is 5 semesters or 19 months in length.

Locations Offered