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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024/25 Combined UM UMM 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

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  ; Health and Education: KPE 425  

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 areas such as Health and Physical Education (leading to teacher certification),  Exercise Science, or Outdoor Leadership. Students interested in completing the coursework necessary for admission to a graduate program in athletic training should consult their advisor. 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. 

Health and Physical Education Certification Concentration

Health and Physical Education 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 program is aligned with the Maine Department of Education’s
512 Health and Physical Education endorsement.

Exercise Science Concentration

Within the Exercise Science Concentration program there are two 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. 

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education - Health and Physical Education 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 aligned program, we will adhere to state certification requirements and adapt our program to meet changing state regulations. 

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Notes


1) Students need a B or better in the following courses to complete one section of the Teacher Candidacy Requirements: EDT 400, EHD 202, EHD 203, KPE 262.  To avoid the Praxis II requirement, students must earn a B or better in the following courses: KPE 262, KPE 364, KPE 365, KPE 367.

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)


First Year - First Semester


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Fourth Year - First Semester


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

Fourth Year - Second Semester


  • Credits: 3-6 1
  • Electives Credits: 6-9
  • Notes: 1) Minimum GPA required to take KPE 427 is 2.75.  Students below the minimum GPA are required to take EHD 493 for capstone. 

     

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


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Notes


Early in the Second Semester of Year Two, students signal their intention to carry on in the hybrid program and prepare to begin the graduate phase of the Athletic Training degree program or transition out of the track and complete the traditional requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

Students wishing to continue into the graduate phase of the program will submit transcripts to the Athletic Training Program Director for review to ensure completion of and minimum grades in prerequisite course work.

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


Second Year - First Semester


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Third Year - Second Semester


  • Self Directed Study Away Credits: 12-15

Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


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