Degrees and Programs
Curriculum and Instruction (CUIN)
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction provides the professional studies component for the preparation of effective teachers and school personnel at the bachelor's degree and master's degree levels. The department cooperates with the various academic departments of the University for teacher education preparation. In addition, the department offers graduate programs in the areas of elementary education, special education, reading education and instructional technology.
Dual license Elementary/Special Education B.S.
Elementary Education B.S.
Elementary Education M.A.Ed.
Instructional Technology M.S.
MAT Program Master of Arts in Teaching
Reading Education M.A.Ed.
Human Development and Services (HDSV)
The Department of Human Development and Services are to prepare individuals for professional roles in Adult Education, Counseling and School Administration. Departmental studies include philosophical, theoretical, and methodological foundations for adult educational and counseling practices; practical examination of human development and learning through the life span, supervised experience in practice settings and leadership preparation for schools and other educational organizations in a diverse and technological society.
The department offers three master's programs: (a) Master of Science degree in Counseling, (b) Master of Science degree in Adult Education, and (c) Master of Science in School Administration. Admission and continuance to these programs is based on each area’s defined criteria. All programs require application through the Graduate School.
Human Performance and Leisure Studies (HPLS)
The Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies features both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The undergraduate program in Sports Science has three options (Business Administration, Leisure Studies and Pre-Physical Therapy). In addition, the graduate program offers both Master of Science in Physical Education (M.S.) and Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education (M.A.T.). These programs are designed to prepare candidates for careers in clinical, corporate, commercial and/or community physical fitness, leisure/recreation and education settings
Undergraduate SPORT SCIENCE AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT (SSFM)
SSFM - Business Administration Option The Business Administration option focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for managerial duties in commercial and corporate areas, as well as independent contracting. Students in this option are required to take 15 hours of courses in Business Administration as part of the 128 credit hours required for graduation. BUAD 220 Business Environment
BUAD 425 Entrepreneurship
BUAD 341 Intro to Management Systems (MIS)
BUAD 430 Marketing Concepts
BUAD 422 Management Concepts
Career Opportunities in the SSFM Business Administration option include:- exercise program director - strength and conditioning coach- sports team manager - personal trainer- health and fitness club manager - fitness leader Students may perform internships in hospitals or orthopedic centers, rehabilitation or wellness facilities, and corporate or commercial fitness facilities
**Students must acquire a minimum grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale by the end of the freshman year in order to continue in the Business Administration option. Students who wish to transfer into this option must have a 2.3 GPA in order to be admitted.
SSFM - Leisure Studies Option The Leisure Studies option focuses on the operation and maintenance of public parks and recreation agencies and the provision of programs at the private, voluntary, and commercial levels. Students in this option are required to take 18 credit hours of courses in Leisure Studies as part of the 128 credit hours required for graduation.
LSS 160 Intro to Recreation
LSS 464 Group Leadership
LSS 260 Community Recreation
LSS 465 Program Planning
LSS 463 Outdoor Recreation
SS 446 Camp Administration
Career Opportunities in the SSFM Leisure Studies option include:- Public agencies (Local, state, and federal parks and recreation)- Commercial Recreation Enterprises (professional sports, resorts, amusement parks)- Private/Voluntary Agencies (Boys & Girls clubs, Boy Scouts of America)- Sports and Country Clubs- Convention and Visitor Bureaus-YMCA/YWCA
**Students must acquire a minimum grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale by the end of the freshman year in order to continue in the Leisure Studies option. Students who wish to transfer into this option must have a 2.3 GPA in order to be admitted.
SSFM - Pre-Physical Therapy Option The Pre-PT option will prepare students to enter a post baccalaureate masters or doctoral degree program in exercise science-related fields such as: physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, athletic training, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports medicine. Students in this option are required to take 28 credit hours of courses in Pre-PT as part of the 128 credit hours required for graduation.
MATH 131 Calculus
PHYS 225 Physics
CHEM 106-116 General Chemistry w/ lab
ECON 305 Elementary Statistics
CHEM 107-117 General Chemistry w/ lab
Elective BIOL 369 Human Anatomy
BIOL 370 Human Physiology
**Students must acquire a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale by the end of the freshman year in order to continue in the Pre-PT option. Students who wish to transfer into this option must have a 2.8 GPA in order to be admitted. Additionally, students must acquire a C or better in all option courses. **The Pre-PT option does NOT guarantee admittance into graduate school. ** The entrance requirements at different professional schools are quite varied, but typically include those courses required in our Pre-PT option. It is strongly suggested that students research the pre-requisite courses needed to apply to specific graduate schools.
The graduate program is designed to develop competent professionals in the field of Adapted Physical Education, Sports & Exercise Psychology, and Sport Pedagogy through scholarship, advanced training and specialization. The program offers a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Physical Education.
Master of Science (M.S.) Program
The M.S. Program has two options:
1. Teacher Education Option: Open to applicants who hold a “Class A” teaching certificate in physical education
2. Non-Teacher Education Option: Open to applicants without a “Class A” teaching certificate in physical education.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) Program
The M.A.T. program is designed for college graduates who desire to obtain a “Class A” initial teaching certificate in physical education. The program has two phases:
Phase I is for teaching certification only (27 credit hrs.)
Phase II is the M.A.T. (12 hrs.)
Program of Study
M.S. in Physical Education Program (39 credit hours)
Professional Education (15 credit hours)
Physical Education (24 credit hours)
M.A.T. Program (39 credit hours)
Phase I: Certification Only (27 credit hours)
Phase II: M.A.T. (12 credit hours)
M.S. in Physical Education Program
1. Acceptable GRE or MAT scores
2. A 2.8 overall GPA for teacher education applicants from a four year accredited institution of higher education
3. A 2.6 overall undergraduate GPA for non-teacher education applicants from a four year accredited institution of higher education
4. A writing sample
5. Three letters of reference
6. A goal statement
Phase I: An undergraduate degree from an accredited four year institution of higher education, an overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or pass Praxis I.
Phase II: An overall GPA of 3.0 in Phase I, “Class A” initial teaching certificate, GRE or MAT scores, and approval to advance further in the M.A.T. phase.
Leadership Studies (LEST)
The PhD in Leadership Studies
The Department of Leadership Studies currently offers an interdisciplinary PhD degree. Our students represent a wide array of disciplines from both public and private sectors. For information regarding application and admissions, contact the Graduate School at: (336) 285-2366 or contact us directly at: (336) 285-2141