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Overview

The mission of the Alternative M.A. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on sport pedagogy is to enable students with an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field to be highly skilled physical educators by preparing them to gain an alternative A certificate which enables them to teach physical education in the public schools.

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
  • Score of at least 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the GRE

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 (Alt) Program of Study

32/19 rule:

  • Students cannot take more than 5 “program courses” (i.e., 500 level courses within the program) until they have taken 32 hours of undergraduate PE major’s courses with at least 19 hours at the 300 level and above.
  • Students who come into the program having gained an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field of Kinesiology such as exercise science or sport management will usually have satisfied the 32/19 rule. They can begin taking coursework in either the fall, summer, or spring.
  • Students who come to the program having gained an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field outside of Kinesiology satisfy the 32/19 rule by taking the following courses during the spring semester and the following summer with the goal of starting the program the following fall:
    • KIN 365 (3 hours) offered spring and summer I
    • KIN 492 (3 hours) offered spring and summer II
    • KIN 362 ( 3 hours) offered summer I
    • KIN 464 (3 hours) offered spring and summer I
    • KIN 468 (3 hours) offered spring
    • ATR 272 (1 hour) offered spring and summer I or II
    • BSC 215 (4 hours) offered spring and summer I or II
    • 3 of the following coaching courses: KIN 381 (offered spring), KIN 383 (offered spring), KIN 370 (offered interim), and KIN 386 (offered summer I)
    • The remaining 2 hours of KIN courses would be taken during the first fall semester.

Undergraduate Deficiencies

  • KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum (3 hours)
  • KIN 360 The Subject Matter of Elementary Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 487 Physical Education Teaching Practice (3 hours)
  • KIN 365 Biomechanics (3 hours)
  • KIN 492 Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • ATR 272 First Aid (1 hour)
  • BSC 215 or BSC 216 Anatomy (4 hours) (prerequisite for KIN 365 and KIN 492)
  • BEF 362 School, Culture, and Society (3 hours)

Required Orientation Course

  • EDU 200 Orientation to Teacher Education (1 hour)

Required Early Field Experiences

  • KIN 595 Workshop in Physical Education (3 hours) (taken concurrently with KIN 351)
  • KIN 595 Workshop in Physical Education (3 hours) (taken concurrently with KIN 361)

Required Internship

  • KIN 585 Laboratory and Field Experience (6 hours)

Required Content Courses

  • KIN 590 Sports/Dance Workshop (3 hours) (taken concurrently with KIN 305 and KIN 311)
  • KIN 590 Sports/Dance Workshop (3 hours) (taken concurrently with KIN 306, KIN 307, and KIN 310)

Physical Education Courses

  • KIN 508 Perceptual-Motor Development or KIN 362 Motor Development (3 hours)
  • KIN 538 Advanced Adapted Physical Education or KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 562 Administration of Athletics or KIN 464 Administration of Physical Education and Sport (3 hours)
  • KIN 510 Teaching and Supervising Elementary School Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 512 Physical Education Curriculum (3 hours)

Special Education Courses

  • SPE 500 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth or SPE 300 Survey of Special and Accommodation Strategies (3 hours)

Technology Course

  • CAT 531 Computer Based Instructional Technology

Professional Studies Courses

  • KIN 500 Sociology of Sport or KIN 691 Research Studies in Sociology of Human Performance (3 hours)

Evaluation of Teaching and Learning

  • KIN 566 Evaluation in Physical Education (3 hours)

Note:

  • Students must take at least 30 hours of graduate level coursework
  • A passing score on a comprehensive written examination is required