OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: KPE 427 or EHD 493
Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: Exercise Science - Science: KPE 425; Exercise Science-Outdoor Leadership: EHD 202; Teaching/Coaching: KPE 425
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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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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.