B.Ed Major in Kinesiology & Physical Education: Fitness Specialist

Students not interested in seeking teacher certification who wish to pursue careers in the fitness industry as personal trainers, fitness club programmers, fitness club managers/owners, or providers of fitness and health-related programming for individuals, groups, or corporations can complete the major in Kinesiology & Physical Education, along with an additional 16-credit Fitness Specialist concentration, without completing the requirements for teacher certification. This concentration provides additional knowledge, skills, and hours from classes and internships to prepare for work in the fitness industry. Students will be qualified to sit for national certification exams in fitness specialties and to work as fitness professionals independently, in fitness clubs, and in community organizations that promote health and fitness.

Please click on the buttons below to see the course descriptions...

X

Foundations of H.S.P.E.

Overview of the historical and philosophical foundations of health, fitness, sport, and physical education. Introduction to careers and professional preparation in related fields.

Foundations of H.S.P.E. 3 credits
X

EDPE 201 - Team Sports & Aquatics

Exposure to the basic skills, terminology and concepts, rules, and strategies necessary to participate in selected team sports and aquatics as well as teaching and assessment techniques appropriate for instruction in team sports and aquatics. Emphasis will be placed upon both traditional and non-traditional team sports commonly taught in the public schools and recreation settings. Fall, even years.

*Prerequisite - EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D


EDPE 202B - Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning

Introduces the elements of strength and cardiovascular conditioning programs for individuals and groups. Students will learn to design, implement, and evaluate these elements in peer teaching situations. Spring, even years.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D or EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D


EDPE 203 - Individual Sports & Dance

Exposure to basic skills, terminology and concepts, rules, and strategies necessary to participate in selected individual sports; and exposure to several types of dance, dance terminology, positions, and movements, as well as teaching and assessment techniques appropriate for instruction in individual sports and dance. Emphasis will be placed upon both traditional and non-traditional activities commonly taught in the public schools and recreation settings. Fall, odd years.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D


EDPE 204 - Leisure & Elementary Physical Education

Exposure to basic skills, terminology and concepts, rules, and strategies necessary to participate in selected leisure activities and a variety of activities appropriate for elementary age youth. In addition, teaching and assessment techniques appropriate for instruction in leisure activities and elementary activities will be emphasized. Emphasis will be placed upon both traditional and non-traditional activities commonly taught in the public schools and recreation settings. Spring, odd years.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D

Professional Activity Labs EDPE 201: Team Sports & Aquatics EDPE 202B: Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning EDPE 203: Individual Sports & Dance EDPE 204: Leisure & Elementary Physical Education 8 credits
X

CPR, First Aid, AED

This course provides preparation in the basic knowledge and skills involved in recognizing and responding to a variety of emergencies and life-threatening situations, including training in evaluation and providing basic care for victims of injury and/or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives (CPR , AED and First Aid). Additionally, students receive instruction and practice in the prevention of common injuries. Safety and health education issues are studied with their application to prevention in the community, home and workplace settings. Students receive American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED. Fall and Spring.

CPR, First Aid, AED 3 credits
X

Methods in Health Education

Prepare future K-12 health, fitness and physical educators to develop and implement health programs that will meet the needs of all their students. Introduction and application of a variety of teaching styles and strategies, classroom/group management skills, assessment protocol, and program activities appropriate for health will be covered. It will also allow students to observe, review, plan, and deliver instruction, evaluate instruction and provide meaningful learning experiences to a diverse population in specific educational programs. Particular attention will be given to national and state objectives and standards.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 497C

Secondary Health Methods 3 credits
X

Ergonomics in Sport and Physical Activity

Safety procedures in education/health/fitness related settings, applicable policies and regulations, theories surrounding injury prevention in sport and activity, and immediate care for injuries should they occur. EDPE 276 and 276L strongly encouraged as prerequisite.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Ergonomics in Sport and Physical Activity 3 credits
X

Health and Human Movement

Investigation of the factors affecting healthful living and wellness, including mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and environmental health.

Health and Human Movement 3 credits
X

Nutrition for Health and Fitness

A basis for understanding the current research and advances that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness through proper nutrition. Emphasis will be given to how food, metabolism, and lifestyle choices interact in humans to increase or reduce poor health and risk of disease.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Nutrition for Health and Fitness 3 credits
X

EDPE 276 - Anat & Physio for Hlth/Fitness

An introductory course emphasizing an understanding of anatomical and physiological structure and function of the major systems of the human body. Primary focus will be on the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems as they relate to fitness, health, and disease conditions in the human body. Must be concurrently enrolled in EDPE 276L. Fall.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 276L


EDPE 276L - Anat & Phys for Hlth/Fit Lab

Laboratory experience dealing with the structure and function of tissues, organs, and organ systems in the human body. Hands-on lab experience with models, and microscopes. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 276. Fall.

*Concurrent: EDPE 276

Anatomical and Physiological Principles of Health and Fitness 4 credits
X

Health, Fitness, and Physical Ed. Teach. Procedures

Prepare future K-12 health, fitness and physical educators to develop and implement educational programs that will meet the needs of all their students. Introduction and application of a variety of teaching styles and strategies, classroom/group management skills, assessment protocol, and program activities appropriate for health, fitness and physical education will be covered. Students will also be involved in observing, reviewing, planning, and delivering instruction, evaluating instruction and providing meaningful learning experiences to a diverse population. Particular attention will be given to national and state objectives and standards.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 497A

Health, Fitness, and Physical Ed. Teach. Procedures 3 credits
X

Adapted Physical Education

A course dealing with mental and physical disabilities that affect the cognitive, affective and physical development of youth. Physical activities, instructional strategies, and assessment protocol will be presented.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D

Adapted Physical Education 3 credits
X

Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport and Exercise

The application of psychological principles and sociological research to areas of sport, exercise performance, physical activity, teams, and coaching. Topics of discussion will include: personality, self-confidence, motivation, commitment aggression and interaction. Addresses practical issues of dealing with anxiety, arousal, and stress and the development of coping strategies.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport and Exercise 3 credits
X

EDPE 377 - Sci Princ:   Phys Ed, Hlth & Fit

Physiological response to exercise, basic field tests to assess fitness levels, and interpretation of findings. Introduction to health risk and screening. Must be concurrently enrolled in EDPE 377L. Spring.

*Prerequisite: (EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D) EDPE 376 Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 377L


EDPE 377L - Sci Princ Lab:   Phy Ed, Hlth & Fit

Laboratory experience designed to allow the student to put into practice the principles studied in EDPE 377. Students will conduct and participate in a variety of physiologic testing for aerobic capacity, strength, endurance, body composition, flexibility, and health related measures of fitness. Findings will be utilized in analysis and evaluation of health related fitness. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 377. Spring.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 377

Scientific Principles of Health and Physical Ed. 4 credits
X

EDPE 413 Student Evaluation & Mgmt

A continuation of EDPE 311 focusing on curriculum theories, assessment protocol, student behavior, candidate professionalism, and liability, as they relate to the field of physical education, health, and fitness. Particular attention will be given to national and state objectives and standards

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 497B

Student Evaluation and Management 3 credits
X

Motor Development

An overview covering the theories of motor development and practical application of these theories as they pertain to the acquisition of movement capabilities for individuals during their life span. Information will also be provided for the cognitive and affective domains as they affect motor development. Offered Spring, Odd Years.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Motor Development 3 credits
X

Practicum/Field Experience

Program information coming soon...

Practicum/Field Experience 3 credits
X

Comprehensive Senior Exam

A final exam required of all Sport Management and Physical Education majors in his/her final semester of coursework. The type of exam will be dictated by the student’s program of study and a fee for the exam may be required. Contact the Department Chair for specific information.

Comprehensive Senior Exam 0 credits

Students pursuing a Fitness Specialist Concentration will complete all the requirements for the B.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education as well as the following courses:


X

Health & Fitness Club Mgmt

Provides the background and knowledge to prepare for programming issues in supervising fitness programs, fitness trainers, and facilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the foundations of the fitness industry in the United States. This course focuses primarily on the business aspects of owning/operating a fitness club, covering memberships, facilities, programming, facilities, staffing, and budgeting practices.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Health and Fitness Club Management 3 credits
X

Sport and Activity in a Diverse Society

A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which people differ - including race, sex, age, mental and physical ability, weight, religion, sexual orientation, and social class - and how these differences can influence sport organizations. This course offers specific strategies for managing diversity in social organizations and work groups, provides an overview of different types of diversity training which can be implemented in the workplace, and outlines legal issues related to diversity.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Sport and Activity in a Diverse Society 3 credits
X

Sport & Fitness in Digital Age

This course will analyze the changes that have given rise to the situation, combining theoretical insights with original evidence collected through extensive research and interview with people working in the media and sport and fitness industry. This course will be conducted in a discussion/lecture and lab format. Students will develop a set of sport media projects in the computer lab that will allow them to apply up-to-date technology into the real business of sport and fitness.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D

Sport and Fitness in the Digital Age 3 credits
X

Kinesiology for Health & Fitness

Concepts surrounding body movement from anatomical and mechanical perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to analyze movement in sport and activity and apply related knowledge to improve performance.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D

Kinesiology 3 credits
X

EDPE 477 - Adv Fitness Assessment & Evaluat

Development of advanced skills and knowledge in health screening, exercise test administration and development, metabolic calculations, exercise program development and implementation, with emphases on meeting the needs of both healthy and non-healthy populations.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 477L

EDPE 477L - Adv Fitness Assessment & EvalLab

Practical application of advanced skills and knowledge in exercise test administration and development, utilizing metabolic calculations to determine caloric expenditure, exercise program development and implementation for selected cases.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D

*Concurrent: EDPE 477

Advanced Fitness Assessment 4 credits
X

Fitness ProgramPlan & Management

Utilization of advanced skills and knowledge in health screening, fitness assessment (pre-mid-post), selection and administration of fitness program/behavior modification for individual clients. Students will design and deliver programs individualized for client needs/goals, measure client progress, and communicate with client regarding fitness levels, progression, and continuing activity suggestions.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D

Program Planning 3 credits
X

Fitness Specialist CapstoneSem

Provides review and preparation for national certification tests and/or comprehensive exams.

*Prerequisite: EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D

Senior Seminar 1 credit