Nov 20, 2019  
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Kinesiology and Physical Education


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Other GPA requirements to graduate:

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  KPE 427

Contact Information: Diane LeGrande, 103 Lengyel Hall, 581-2466, legrande@maine.edu


Students in the Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) programs pursue a concentration in Teacher Certification or Exercise Science or Outdoor Leadership.  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, 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 bio-mechanical 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. 

Teaching/Coaching Certification Concentration

Teaching/Coaching Concentration 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.

Within the Teaching/Coaching Concentration program there are two options of study:

Health Option: The Health Option focuses on the core pedagogical requirements for teaching health courses in  schools.  Students that complete the health option fulfill the requirements to receive endorsement in teaching Health Education at the elementary and secondary level in the State of Maine, in addition to their certification to teach elementary and secondary physical education. 

Liberal Arts Option: The Liberal Arts Option provides students with the opportunity to take a variety of courses to fulfill a well-rounded education.  Students that complete the liberal arts concentration fulfill the requirements to teach elementary and secondary physical education.

Exercise Science Concentration

Within the Exercise Science Concentration program there are three options of study:

Science Option: The laboratory science-based option prepares students for post-graduate programs in allied health. Graduates from this option go on to attend schools of medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or other medically-based programs of study. This concentration requires an additional 12-15 hours, beyond the major requirements, of laboratory sciences. Within the concentration area some lab science hours may be substituted with specific 300-500 level KPE courses upon permission.

Outdoor Leadership Option:  The Outdoor Leadership option prepares students for future careers in outdoor-based non-profits, businesses, and educational settings. Students in this program will take all of the core Outdoor Leadership courses, along with courses in exercise science, physical education, pedagogy, Maine studies, natural resources, and leadership studies. In addition, students in this concentration are required to pursue 12-15 credits of outdoor skills or field experience courses of their choice. 

Logan 3 + 3 Option: The 3 + 3 Program allows students to complete their three years of required undergraduate studies at one of the partnered schools and complete the fourth year of undergraduate studies while enrolled in Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. At the end of the student’s first year of studies toward their doctorate degree at Logan, they are awarded their bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Teaching/Coaching Concentration


During their third year of study students are admitted to candidacy in the Teacher Preparation Program by successfully submitting an e-folio which includes documentation of one school experience, an essay addressing a topic in education, verification of technology competence, and a transcript, which indicates a 2.75 grade point average and completion of the PRAXIS Core 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. 

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Teaching/Coaching Concentration Health Option Required Courses (15 credits)


Health Course Options (6 credits)


Notes


1) A grade of B- or higher in EDT 400, EHD 202, EHD 203, KPE 262, and KPE 367 is required.

2) Required courses for fulfilling capstone experience:  12 credits of EHD 499 for students in the Teaching Option; 3 credits of EHD 493 for students in the non-teaching option.

3) In order to be admitted to teacher candidacy and upper level KPE courses, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Exercise Science Concentration (Science Option)


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  • Elective Credits: 6
  • Lab Science Credits: 4
  • General Education Course Credits: 3

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Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Exercise Science Concentration (Logan 3 + 3 Option)


The 3 + 3 Program allows students to complete their three years of required undergraduate studies at one of the partnered schools and complete the fourth year of undergraduate studies while enrolled in Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. At the end of the student’s first year of studies toward their doctorate degree at Logan, they are awarded their bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.

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Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Outdoor Leadership Concentration


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  • Self Directed Study Away Credits: 12-15

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