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

Applications for admission are accepted year round. Prospective students must satisfy the following criteria:

  • 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester hours of an undergraduate program in physical education

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