Kinesiology and Leisure Science
Physical Education/Athletic Complex 231
1337 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7606
Fax: (808) 956-7976
*K. W. Ho, PhD (Chair)-physical education and exercise science
*D. Chai, PhD-physical education and recreation
*C. DeRenne, EdD-physical education and sports science
*R. Hetzler, PhD-physical education and exercise science
*I. F. Kimura, PhD-athletic training and sports medicine
*S. Lankford, PhD-physical education and recreation
*J. R. Little, PhD-adapted physical education and recreation for special population
J. K. Maeda, PhD-physical education and adapted physical education
*N. M. Murata, PhD-physical education and adapted physical education
*J. Prins, PhD-physical education and exercise science
Degrees Offered: BEd in secondary education with an emphasis in K-12 physical education, BS in kinesiology and leisure science, and MS in kinesiology and leisure science.
The BEd degree program provides professional curricula for students enrolled in the College of Education whose goal is to teach K-12 physical education.
Physical Education: The General Education Core, of 53-61 credits, is specifically selected; therefore, departmental advising should be sought as soon as possible, preferably in the first year. In addition, the professional education requirements consist of 29 credits, and the academic major and related courses area requires 60 credits for a total of 142-150 credits for graduation.
1. Fulfill all University requirements and meet all admissions requirements of the College of Education;
2. Complete the College of Education undergraduate curriculum in elementary or secondary education for letter grades;
3. Successfully complete student teaching;
4. Complete a minimum of 126 credit hours;
5. Have a cumulative GPA not less than that required for admission to the college; and
6. File for graduation and pay the required fee at least one full semester prior to the intended graduation date.
The BS degree in kinesiology and leisure science program has four option areas:
1. Physical Education: Designed for students who want a physical education background but do not intend to seek certification to teach in a public school. This option requires the same modified General Education Core of 53-64 credits required of the BEd candidates. The number of credits for the academic major and related courses area is 73. A total of 126-137 credits is required for graduation.
2. Recreation and Leisure Science: Designed to provide students with professional preparation in recreation leadership and entry-level programming and management positions. In addition, this option will prepare students to take the Certified Leisure Professional Examination administered by the National Recreation and Parks Association's National Certification Board and pursue graduate study in recreation and leisure science. The University's General Education Core of 59 credits has been modified to prepare students for the special demands of this option. The number of credits for the academic major and related courses is 67, which includes 10 credits of fieldwork. A total of 126 credits is required for graduation.
3. Athletic Training: National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Certified Athletic Trainers are qualified allied health professionals who deal directly with the proper prevention, care, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. The undergraduate Athletic Training program is designed to partially provide the requirements for NATA certification and to prepare the student for the "entry level" graduate Athletic Training/Sports Medicine program, where the student will fulfill the remainder of the requirements for NATA certification. The University Core of 53-64 credits has been modified to prepare students for the science-oriented demands of this option. The number of credits for the academic major and related courses is 73, including observational hours. A total of 126-137 credits is required for graduation.
4. Health/Exercise Science: Designed to prepare students to (a) assume professional placement in science-based health/fitness promotion programs within corporate, commercial, clinical, or similar community settings; (b) assume positions as health educators or health specialists in government, voluntary, or private health agencies; or (c) pursue graduate study in exercise science and in the area of allied health sciences (e.g., physical therapy, physician's assistant, occupational therapy, pre-med, etc.). The General Education Core of 53-64 credits has been modified to prepare students for the science-oriented demands of this option. The number of credits for the academic major and related courses is 73. A total of 126-137 credits is required for graduation.
1. Fulfill all University requirements;
2. Complete the College of Education undergraduate curriculum in physical education, recreation and leisure science, athletic training, or health/exercise science;
3. Complete a minimum of 126 credit hours;
4. Have a cumulative GPA not less than that required for admission to the recreation program; and
5. File for graduation and pay the required fee at least one semester prior to the intended graduation date.
The MS degree program provides opportunities for students who wish to pursue advanced knowledge and research in one of the following areas of specialization: physical therapy, exercise science, enhancement of athletic performance, athletic training (sports medicine), or recreation and leisure sciences.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants for the MS degree will be further evaluated on their disciplinary background in their area of specialization. Admission to the program will depend on the availability of faculty in the particular area of concentration. Each applicant admitted will be classified in one of two categories: (1) Regular status - student who has a Baccalaureate degree in the area which they will pursue and a minimum overall gradepoint average of 3.0 during the final two years of undergraduate work, or (2) Conditional status - student of promise who may have a deficiency in gradepoint average and/or subject matter preparation.
A minimum of 30 credits is required for the MS degree. Of these, 6 credits are required for the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project, and 6 credits are required for one research method course and one seminar course. The remaining 18 or more credits are to be used for coursework focusing on the student's area of specialization. The student and the Thesis/Project Committee Chair in the KLS Department
must approve the student's coursework.