Master of Education in Health and Kinesiology

Total Semester Credit Hours = 36

The mission of the program leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Health and Kinesiology is to prepare for career advancement in teaching in areas related to health, kinesiology or sport. Specific objectives of the program are:

  1. To critically read and discuss published research related to health and kinesiology.
  2. To discuss in writing issues related to health and kinesiology, identifying, analyzing and defending different viewpoints.
  3. To apply theoretical concepts from the health and kinesiology research literature to professional practice.
  4. To use computer technology to manage data, access information, and communicate effectively.

The program requires satisfactory completion of 36 semester hours of courses and a comprehensive examination. The curriculum consists of 18 hours of foundation courses and 18 hours of elective courses consistent with career objectives and selected with advisor approval. The M.Ed. Degree in Health and Kinesiology may be earned entirely via courses offered on the Internet, as described further below.


1. Foundation Courses (18 semester hours)

HECC 5303: Research Design or EDUC 5301 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences or KINO 6372: Research Methods

HECC 5317: Biometric Methods or KINO 6370 Intro to Statistics

HECC 5370: Ethics

HECC 5391: Practicum in Health and Kinesiology

PYED 5352: Topics in Instructional Styles or EDUC 5303: Applied Learning Theories
or KINO 6352: Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Behavior

PYED 5354: Topics in Curriculum or EDUC 5352: Curriculum Foundations
or KINO 6350: Curricular Innovations

(Note: "KINO" is a generic prefix for online courses offered via the University of Texas TeleCampus as part of the collaborative Kinesiology Online Program, which is described further below.)

2. Electives (18 semester hours)
With advisor approval the student elects 18 semester hours of courses consistent with educational and career objectives. These should normally be from the areas of kinesiology, health and/or education.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive exam must be written during the semester prior to the semester of planned graduation, as indicated on the student's graduation application form. This exam will focus on the general objectives of the M.Ed. Degree in Health and Kinesiology (stated above). A requirement for graduation and awarding of the degree is satisfactory performance on the comprehensive exam, as evaluated by faculty in the Department. If performance is evaluated as unsatisfactory, remedial activities may be assigned by the student's academic advisor (possibly including repetition of one or more courses) and a second attempt to write the comprehensive exam may be given. The student is advised to discuss the comprehensive exam with the academic advisor and other faculty early in the degree program, as well as periodically throughout the program.