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  Jul 26, 2017
 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology and Physical Education


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Students in the Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) programs pursue Teacher Certification or Exercise Science.  Each career preparation path leads to a thorough physiological, mechanical and developmental understanding of human health and physical performance.  Upon graduation, students become teachers, coaches, fitness specialists/administrators, athletic trainers or pursue advanced degrees in allied health fields such as: physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician or physician’s assistant.

Students in KPE use state-of-the-art metabolic and biomechanical analysis systems to develop their understanding of human work capacity and movement.  They practice with the latest applications and modalities for injury evaluation and rehabilitation. In a number of applied settings, students work a wide variety of age groups and physical abilities gaining valuable “hands on” experience. 

Teacher Certification
Teacher Certification emphasizes putting theory into practice. Even before they begin student teaching, students are active participants in K-12 physical education programs. In learning effective strategies, students teach individual and small group lessons, videotape their sessions, and receive individual analysis and feedback from faculty and peers.  This degree program is approved by the Maine Department of Education and accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Exercise Science
Students in the Exercise Science program have the option of following one of two tracts.  The first is a laboratory science based program designed to prepare students for post-graduate study in various fields of allied health.  The science course work in this tract can be tailored to fit the specific admission requirements of future schools targeted by the student.  In the second tract, students can achieve a minor in Business Management.  With this background, they graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue management positions in the fields of fitness, athletics or allied health.

Suggested curriculum for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Teacher Certification


During their second year of study students are admitted to candidacy in the Teacher Preparation Program by successfully submitting a portfolio which includes documentation of one school experience, an essay addressing a topic in education, verification of technology competence, and a transcript, which indicates a 2.5 grade, point average and completion of the PRAXIS I examination.  NOTE: As a State of Maine approved program, we will adhere to state certification requirements and adapt our program to meet changing state regulations.  For example, students are now required to pass PRAXIS II prior to student teaching. 

First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


  • KPE 270 - Motor Development and Learning Credits: 3
  • – Apply for teacher candidacy –

  • Concentration
  • Credits / Units: 3

  • KPE Skills
  • Credits / Units: 2

  • Electives
  • Credits / Units: 2

  • KPE Methods of Teaching and Coaching
  • Credits / Units: 2

  • Artistic/Creative Expression
  • Credits / Units: 3

Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


Fourth Year - First Semester


Suggested curriculum for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Exercise Science (Administration Option)


First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


Suggested curriculum for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Exercise Science (Science Option)


First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


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