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M.S.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education

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The Masters of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree prepares competent, knowledgeable, and reflective professionals who are actively engaged in the exercise science and physical education teacher education communities. Graduates of our program have the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to conduct research and implement evidence-based practice and programming that is student- and/or client-centered aiming at promoting life-long physical activity engagement within a diverse society. Our highly qualified faculty offer outstanding instruction while incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to ensure student success and professional growth. Graduate students are offered multiple opportunities to engage with graduate faculty on research projects, grant writing, and community outreach endeavors. Graduate assistantship opportunities are available to those students wishing to study full-time and gain pre-professional experience. Our thesis and non-thesis curriculum options give students the flexibility to align their graduate experience with their individual professional goals.

A Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education is available at the graduate level with the following specializations:


Adapted Physical Education

This specialization is designed to prepare teachers to deliver physical education services to students with special needs. Students are trained to assume roles related to adapted or special physical education including teaching, assessment, Individualized Educational Program development, consulting, program planning, and research. Certified physical education teachers completing this specialization meet Illinois State Board of Education recommended guidelines for personnel reimbursement as an "approved" adapted physical education instructor for students with disabilities.

KNPE 490 (Adapted Physical Education) or an equivalent is a prerequisite for this specialization. Students select either a thesis or non-thesis option with the assistance of an adviser.


Exercise Physiology and Fitness Leadership

This specialization is designed to provide knowledge and skills to students in the area of exercise physiology and/or fitness leadership. Students with such a professional background are prepared to assume various roles related to exercise physiology: research, teaching, and fitness leadership in hospitals, corporations, and health clubs. Applied exercise physiology, chemistry, and a human anatomy and physiology course are prerequisites for this specialization. Students select either a thesis or non-thesis option with the assistance of an adviser.


Pedagogy & Curriculum Development

This specialization is designed to provide relevant theoretical knowledge and experience in contemporary best practices in the discipline of physical education including methodology/instructional strategies, supervision, program development, and the use of technology and assessment in educational settings. Individuals completing this specialization will be able to assume leadership roles in pedagogy and curriculum development in physical education and related fields. In consultation with an adviser the student selects either a thesis or non-thesis option.


Sport & Exercise Psychology

This specialization is designed to focus on relevant theory, research, and practice in the areas of sport and exercise psychology. The coursework will help students examine a variety of predictors and consequences of sport and exercise participation. Emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge grounded in theory and research. Specifically teachers, coaches, and exercise professionals will experience a theory to practice approach to addressing the psychological needs of their participants in a performance setting. In consultation with an adviser the student selects either a thesis or non-thesis option.


Since programs of study can be subject to change, please send an email to knpemsed@niu.edu for the most up-to-date information on requirements.