The mission of the M.A. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on sport pedagogy is to prepare highly skilled physical educators by expanding upon undergraduate physical education concepts and field experiences; degree completion leads to an Alabama Class A teaching certificate.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Oleg Sinelnikov

Admission Requirements


Application Process

An electronic application is available through the graduate school (graduate.ua.edu). Applications for graduate assistantships that cover tuition and provide a stipend can be completed here.

Program Requirements

HPPE (A) Program of Study

GPA of 3.25 required on coursework, with no grades below C.

Required course (3 hours):

  • KIN 510 Teaching/Supervising Elementary PE

Foundations of Professional Studies (6 hours):

  • KIN 691 Research Studies in Socialization of Human Performance and one course from the following:
    • BEF 503, BEF 507, BEF 534, BEF 575, BEF 607, BEF 650, BEF 667

Educational Research (3 hours):

  • KIN 506 Techniques of Research, KIN 566 Evaluation in Physical Education, or BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education

Practicum (3 hours):

  • KIN 585 Laboratory and Field Experience

Teaching Field (12 hours):

  • KIN 512 PE Curriculum
  • Advisor-approved 500 and/or 600 level courses in Kinesiology

Technology (3 hours):

  • CAT 531 Computer-based Instructional Technology

Additional requirements/electives (6–9 hours approved by advisor):

  • Thesis (6 hours)
  • *SPE 500 Introduction to Exceptional Children & Youth (0–3 hours)
    • *If a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program, or another graduate program, then SPE 500 is required.

A passing score on a comprehensive written exam covering the content of the curriculum is required and if admitted to this program, one must hold Alabama Class B teaching certification before applying for Class A certification.


  • Dr. Matthew Curtner-Smith, Professor
  • Dr. Oleg Sinelnikov, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Elizabeth Woodruff, Clinical Associate Professor