Kinesiology and Leisure Science
Kinesiology and Leisure Science
Physical Education/Athletic Complex 231
*N. M. Murata, PhD (Chair)—physical education and adapted physical
Degrees Offered: Ed in secondary education with an emphasis in K-12 physical education, BS in kinesiology and leisure science, MS in kinesiology and leisure science, PhD with a specialization in kinesiology.
The BEd degree program provides professional curricula for students enrolled in the College of Education whose goal is to teach P-12 physical education.
Physical Education: The General Education Core is 31 credits. Departmental advising should be sought as soon as possible, preferably in the first year. In addition, the professional education requirements consist of 32 credits, and the academic major and related courses area requires 63 credits for a total of 126 credits for graduation.
The BS degree in kinesiology and leisure science program: health/exercise science and lifestyle management is part of the allied health care discipline, primarily dealing with the study of how individuals can influence their own state of wellness, the response and adaptation of the human body to physical activity and sports participation, and how modern management skills can be used to help others achieve a higher state of wellness and better use of their leisure time. Career paths within this area of study include, but is not limited to: athletic training, health education and lifestyle management, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, leisure services management, fitness and wellness program management, and personal training and fitness counseling. The general emphasis in all of these careers is the link between science, sports, management, and medicine. This program area has been structured to enable the student to design an academic curriculum that reflects their individual interests in this program. All students interested in the program must meet the entrance requirements for the College of Education to be considered for acceptance. Additionally, this degree program has been designed to allow students to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate programs in the area of allied health sciences (e.g. athletic training, physical therapy, physicians assistant, occupational therapy, etc.).
The MS degree program provides opportunities for students who wish to pursue advanced knowledge and research in one of the following areas of specialization: athletic training (entry-level or post certification), and physical education/adapted physical education.
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. The Department of Kinesiology (KLS) also requires submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
Each applicant admitted will be classified in one of two categories: (1) Regular status–student who has a baccalaureate degree in the area which he/she 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.
Entry-level Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (EL-GATEP) applicants must submit a signed copy of the “Technical Standards” and proof of a completed physical examination prior to admission. Post-certification, Advanced Athletic Training Program (AATP) applicants must be Board of Certification (BOC) certified or certification eligible for consideration for admission. Applicants of either program must also submit proof of: TB clearance, Hepatitis B vaccine or waiver and personal liability insurance prior to program entrance. Downloadable forms may be retrieved at www.hawaii.edu/kls/. Admission to the program will depend on the availability of faculty in the particular area of scholarship.
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.
Entry-level Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (EL-GATEP) students (graduate students seeking BOC certification) are required to complete a minimum of 61 credits, that includes Plan B non-thesis (final comprehensive examination). Additionally, pre-requisite course and clinical work experiences may be required. Specific requirements and recommended course sequencing can be viewed at www.hawaii.edu/kls/.
Post-Certification Advanced Athletic Training Program (AATP) students must complete a minimum of 46 credits that includes Plan A thesis requirements. Specific requirements and recommended course sequencing can be viewed at www.hawaii.edu/kls/.
The PhD program with a specialization in kinesiology prepares professionals to work as leaders in the education, adapted physical education, athletic training (BOC), applied biomechanics, exercise physiology and sports medicine fields as educators, administrators, directors, researchers, and clinicians. These fields have great depth and breadth that require specific yet broad backgrounds in research, physical education pedagogy, athletic training research and education, mathematics/physics, physiology, and allied health/medical practices. Graduates are expected to assume leadership roles that influence local, national, and international lifestyles, physical and allied health/sports medicine issues related to research, higher education and/or program development (i.e. program accreditation acquisition) and to contribute to the body of knowledge.
This wide-ranged discipline is based in the biological sciences; consequently, this foundation will be reinforced so that student experiences (i.e. course work, research, clinical/practical/teaching) will provide refinement, expertise, and an increased depth of understanding.
The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experiences, and includes course work required by the college of education, the specialization area, and a cognate field. Additionally, students may be required to complete course work in an emphasis area based on the specific needs in order to develop a specialized and focused research and education agenda. At least one field and/or teaching internship and dissertation are also required. See the previous section on graduate programs in the College of Education.
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