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Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science

Physical Education/Athletic Complex 231
1337 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7606
Fax: (808) 956-7976
Web: tinyurl.com/UHM-COE-KRS


*J. K. Maeda, PhD (Chair)—physical education and adapted physical education
*B. Y. Cartwright, EdD—rehabilitation counseling, transcultural counseling, and ethical decision-making
*J. A. Daniels, EdD—school counseling, development counseling, adolescent counseling, loss and transition counseling, group counseling, and counseling homeless children
*C. DeRenne, EdD—physical education and sports science
*R. K. Hetzler, PhD—physical education and exercise science
*I. F. Kimura, PhD, ATC, PT—athletic training and biomechanics
*C. F. Morgan, PhD—youth physical activity and overweight
*N. M. Murata, PhD—physical education and adapted physical education
*J. Prins, PhD—biomechanics and exercise science
*C. D. Stickey, PhD, ATC—athletic training, biomechanics and exercise physiology
K. Tamura, PhD, ATC—athletic training and biomechanics
K. K. Yamamoto, PhD—rehabilitation counseling, transition, and disability-related issues

Degrees Offered: BEd in secondary education with an emphasis in K-12 physical education, BS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science, MS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science, and PhD in education with a specialization in kinesiology

Undergraduate Study

BEd Degree

The BEd degree program provides professional curricula for students enrolled in the College of Education whose goal is to teach P-12 physical education.

The Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPETE) program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). A professional preparation curriculum is provided for students who wish to teach physical education in grades P/K-6, 7-12, or P/K-12 and health education in grades 6-12. Requirements for this program include successful completion of the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II components required for licensure in Hawai'i. PRAXIS II must be passed prior to the teaching residencies (elementary and/or secondary). Candidates who major in this program must demonstrate competence in motor skills and comprehensive knowledge relative to content in health and physical education, as well as effective accountability. General education core is 31 credits, physical education is 47 credits, health education is 12 credits, and professional education core is 30 credits for a total number of credits of 120.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfill all UH Manoa requirements and meet all admissions requirements of the College of Education;
  2. Complete the HPETE curriculum in content and field experiences for letter grades;
  3. Successfully complete student teaching with a grade of B (not B-) or higher;
  4. Complete a minimum of 120 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.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

BS Degree

The BS degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation science focuses on health and exercise science-related professions. The areas covered under this program of study provide opportunities for students to learn 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 to help others achieve a higher state of wellness. Career paths within this area of study include, but are not limited to: physical therapy, athletic training, health and fitness promotion, exercise physiology, rehabilitation counseling, sports nutrition, and personal training. The general emphasis in all of these careers is the link between science, sports, fitness, and allied health sciences. This program area has been structured to enable the students to design an academic curriculum that best reflects his or her individual interests as well as general prerequisites for graduate or professional programs. This degree program has been designed to allow students to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate programs in several health care professions (e.g., athletic training, physical therapy, physicians assistant, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counseling, etc.).

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfill all UH Manoa requirements;
  2. Complete the College of Education undergraduate curriculum in health and exercise science;
  3. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours;
  4. Have a cumulative GPA not less than that required for admission to the college; and
  5. File for graduation and pay the required fee at least one semester prior to the intended graduation date.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Graduate Study

MS Degree

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 professional), physical activity/adapted physical activity, and rehabilitation counselor education.

The Rehabilitation Counseling program is offered through distance education modalities and is the only such program in the Pacific Basin and the nation accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) that serves predominantly Asians and Pacific Islanders. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination, and may also apply for State of Hawai'i licensure as a mental health counselor, provided they complete the required post-graduate requirements.

Admission Requirements

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 and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) 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 or she will pursue and a minimum overall grade point 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 grade point average and/or subject matter preparation.

Physical Activity and Adapted Physical Activity program applicants should have a related undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

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-Professional 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 professional liability insurance prior to program entrance. Downloadable forms may be retrieved at www.coe.hawaii.edu/krs/. Admission to the program will depend on the availability of faculty in the particular area of scholarship.

Rehabilitation Counseling Program admission is based on previous preparation and background, intellectual and affective potential for graduate study, and personal qualifications that contribute to success as a counselor. Application to the program presumes satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree with an acceptable undergraduate grade point average.

Three letters of recommendation relating to the candidate's personal qualifications and/or professional background, one official transcript for each institution attended, and statement of objectives must be submitted. These should show evidence that an applicant's personal qualifications, motivation, and academic preparation indicate competence and potential success in rehabilitation and counseling. A writing sample and interview are also required. Applications are considered for the fall semester.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the MS degree, depending on program specialization. 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 KRS department must approve the student's coursework.

Students interested in the MS specialization in Physical Activity or Adapted Physical Activity must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate Division and KRS. These two specializations are designed to further expand knowledge and skills related to physical activity across the lifespan. Content addresses research related to health, administration, and fitness for individuals with and without disabilities. The program is comprised of 30 credits and typically takes two years to complete. A thesis or project option is provided for the research component.

Entry-level Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (EL-GATEP) students (graduate students seeking BOC certification) are required to complete a minimum of 50 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 tinyurl.com/KRS-Grad.

Post-Professional Advanced Athletic Training Program (AATP) students must complete a minimum of 48 credits that includes Plan A thesis requirements. Specific requirements and recommended course sequencing can be viewed at tinyurl.com/KRS-Grad.

Rehabilitation Counseling Program students prior to registration will be assigned a preliminary advisor with whom he or she will develop a degree program plan. This program must be approved by the advisor and the graduate program chair. A substitute for a required course may be allowed if the substituted course is equivalent in content and caliber. Specific procedure must be followed and supporting documentation is required.

A student shall be advanced to candidacy on the basis of having successfully completed 24 credits hours of required courses including one practicum. Continuation in the program is based on satisfactory progress toward the degree as determined by the faculty and Graduate Division. Students who fail to attain a grade of B or better in practicum will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Goals for Rehabilitation Counseling Program:

  1. Establish and maintain a comprehensive recruitment plan to attract qualified applicants from culturally diverse groups, including individuals with disabilities in particular;
  2. Train competent rehabilitation practitioners who adhere to the Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors;
  3. Provide access to potential applicants through distance education modalities;
  4. Build collaborative partnerships with community partners providing services to individuals with disabilities, including returning veterans and injured active duty service members. Community partners include the Hawai'i State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, State Workforce Development Division, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Hawai'i Wounded Warrior Programs, and Hawai'i Centers for Independent Living;
  5. Update the curriculum to ensure it reflects standards of the profession; and
  6. Implement a systematic evaluation of the Rehabilitation Counseling program outcomes.

Doctoral Degree

The PhD in Education with a specialization in kinesiology prepares professionals to work as leaders in adapted physical activity, athletic training (BOC), applied biomechanics, 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, 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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