Kinesiology M.S.

The program currently is not admitting new students. 

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Patrick C. Herbert
410-704-4973
pherbert@towson.edu

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program at Towson University is designed for the PK-12 physical education teacher who desires to strengthen teaching performance in ways that positively impact student learning. As such, the program addresses the following broad areas:

  • Research methodology and research design suitable to the profession of physical education
  • Critical evaluation of current research pertaining to physical education pedagogy
  • Evaluation of physical education teacher effectiveness
  • Development, implementation and analysis of assessment tools in physical education
  • Design, implementation and analysis of physical education curriculum to identify strengths, weaknesses and strategies for improvement

Graduates of the program are positioned to influence the teaching of physical education in their own classroom, as well as improve or influence practices and initiatives in the instruction of physical education at the local, state and national levels. In addition, interested graduates are viable candidates for pursuing National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification.

NOTE: The master’s in Kinesiology is not equivalent to earning certification to teach physical education in the state of Maryland.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

For admission to the program, the applicant must:

  1. Submit evidence of possession of a bachelor's degree in physical education from a regionally accredited college or university**, or a post-baccalaureate teacher certification in physical education
  2. Submit resumé or CV including physical education teaching experience or evidence of career experience in physical activity setting
  3. Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate study (Conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is at least 2.75.)
  4. Submit an admissions essay
  5. Submit two Towson University Graduate recommendation forms

*Experience requirement in compliance with 2008 NASPE Advanced Standards recommending advanced candidates entering a master’s degree program possess requisite pedagogical practice. Note that applicants can acquire up to 12 units as a non-degree student prior to formal admission.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Completion of 36 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better

Thesis Option

Kinesiology Core (15-16 Units)
KNES 734RESEARCH DESIGN FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 610PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEHAVIORS3
KNES 631ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENT IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
KNES 648CONCEPTS IN NUTRITION, EXERCIS, AND LIFELONG ACTIVITY3
Statistics at the 500-level or above, the following is recommended:3-4
STATISTICS-AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
Physical Education Core (21 Units)
KNES 642ASSESSMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 654CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 723ADAPTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ALL LEARNERS3
KNES 731IMPROVEMENT OF TEACHER AND PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 787KNES CAPSTONE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION PEDAGOGY3
KNES 897KNES THESIS (JD)6
Electives (3 Units)
Students in thesis option choose one elective3
Total Units39-40

Non-thesis Option

Kinesiology Core (15-16 Units)
KNES 734RESEARCH DESIGN FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 610PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEHAVIORS3
KNES 631ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENT IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
KNES 648CONCEPTS IN NUTRITION, EXERCIS, AND LIFELONG ACTIVITY3
Statistics at the 500-level or above, the following is recommended:3-4
STATISTICS-AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
Physical Education Core (15 Units)
KNES 642ASSESSMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 654CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 723ADAPTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ALL LEARNERS3
KNES 731IMPROVEMENT OF TEACHER AND PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 787KNES CAPSTONE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION PEDAGOGY3
Electives (6 Units)
Students in non-thesis option choose two electives6
Total Units36-37

Standard 1: Professional Knowledge. Advanced physical education teacher candidates (AC) come to understand disciplinary content knowledge, understand how that knowledge applies to the teaching of physical education, and understand modes of inquiry that form the bases for physical education programs and instruction.
Element 1a: Knowledge of content in movement and pedagogy.
Element 1b: Knowledge of how to represent content knowledge to make it comprehensible to learners (i.e., pedagogical content knowledge).
Element 1c: Knowledge of processes and methods of systematic intentional inquiry about learning and teaching in physical education.
Standard 2: Professional Practice. Advanced physical education candidates use content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge to design and conduct appropriate learning experiences that facilitate and enhance the growth of learners.
Element 2a: Teaching reflects understanding and application of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge appropriate to the learners, the learning environment, and long- and short-term outcomes/goals.
Element 2b: Teaching reflects integration of planning, instruction, and assessment as a unified process to achieve long- and short-term outcomes/goals.
Element 2c: Teaching reflects differentiation of instruction based on personal and cultural characteristics of learners.
Element 2d: Teaching reflects systematic inquiry about their practice and the learners they serve.
Standard 3: Professional Leadership. Advanced physical education candidates are continuous, collaborative learners who further their own professional learning and use their abilities to contribute to the profession.
Element 3a: Conducts inquiry into professional knowledge and practice and communicates results of inquiry to the profession and community.
Element 3b: Continues personal development through contributions to the growth and professional learning of others.
 

Courses

KNES 505 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES IN THE CLASSROOM (3)

Causes of misbehavior in pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools. Crisis prevention. Preventive, supportive and directive strategies and their practical application. Class rules, reinforcers, assessment and legal issues. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 or equivalent Restrictions: Junior standing; students may not take this course if they have already taken SPED 429.

KNES 509 STRESS MANAGEMENT, TENSION CONTROL AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE (3)

Presents information about the manifestation of stress and systematic programs for tension control. The correlates surrounding progressive muscle relaxation and biofeedback are explored in detail as well as the neurological responses which produce tension responses. Lectures are combined with laboratory experiences in an effort to understand and practice relaxation techniques. Prerequisite: One psychology and/or biological sciences course.

KNES 523 ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Recognition of pupils with physical deviations and use of special or modified physical education activities. Prerequisites: PHEC 311 and BIOL 221/BIOL 221L (BIOL 213) and BIOL 222/BIOL 222L (BIOL 214).

KNES 526 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT: INFANTS TO ADULTS (3)

Researching of literature in motor development and performance of the individual from infancy through adulthood. Impact of motor development on cognitive, affective and psychomotor development. Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

KNES 551 HIST AMER SPORT (3)

KNES 555 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING FOR THE OLDER ADULT (3)

Application of physiological, psychological, sociological and motor learning principles to the development, professional and personal skills related to fitness assessment, exercise prescription, physical activity program planning and implementation. Prerequisite: PSYC 203 or consent of instructor.

KNES 570 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 571 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 572 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 573 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 574 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 575 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 576 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 577 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 578 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 579 SEL TOPICS PHEC (1-3)

Workshop designed for study of special topics of current interest in physical education and athletics. Content varies and will focus on substantive material or operational problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Consent of workshop director and/or graduate program director.

KNES 594 TRAVEL STUDY (3)

Study of selected physical education programs, practices or facilities. Study group will be accompanied by a TU kinesiology department faculty member. Prerequisite: As specified in course outline and consent of instructor.

KNES 596 INDEPENDENT STUDY (0.5-3)

Course is designed to permit students to take courses which they cannot arrange within the regular semester schedule. All work will be under the direct supervision of an assigned faculty member. No more than 3 units may be earned in independent study unless permission of the department chairperson is obtained.

KNES 610 PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEHAVIORS (3)

Practical applications of psychological and sociological issues and theories influencing physical activity behavior. Prerequisites: Admision to Graduate Program; permission of the program director.

KNES 611 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY (3)

A data-based analysis of the behavioral consequences and antecedents of the sport experience. Investigation of current research in the field with attention to the research process. Experience with a research experiment in either a laboratory or field setting. Prerequisites: 6 units of upper-division PHEC courses or consent of instructor.

KNES 612 DATA ANALYSIS IN KNESIOLOGY (3)

Review of conducting and interpreting statistical procedures as applied to kinesiology. Students will conduct analyses and interpret the results using statistical software programs. Prerequisite: Admission to KNES graduate program or approval from the department.

KNES 631 ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENT IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3)

Analyzing movement skills and processes to improve teaching and learning of motor skills. Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate Program; permission of the program director.

KNES 642 ASSESSMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Measurement and evaluation of the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains for use when teaching K-12 physical education. Prerequisites: Admission to the M.S. in Kinesiology program.

KNES 648 CONCEPTS IN NUTRITION, EXERCIS, AND LIFELONG ACTIVITY (3)

Focuses on the interaction between nutrition, exercise, and lifelong activity with emphasis on current guidelines and programming for K-12 populations. Prerequisite: Admission to KNES graduate program or approval of the department.

KNES 654 CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Critical examination of current trends and issues related to the sequencing and selection of programs and curricula to develop quality physical education programming. Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate Program or permission of instructor.

KNES 670 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHEC (1-3)

Course will focus on an in-depth study of selected topics in sport and physical education. Content will vary and will focus on current research and/or relevant sport and physical education concerns. The specific requirements will vary with each topic. Prerequisite: Approval by the graduate program director.

KNES 671 SEL TPCS IN PHEC (1-3)

Course will focus on an in-depth study of selected topics in sport and physical education. Content will vary and will focus on current research and/or relevant sport and physical education concerns. The specific requirements will vary with each topic. Prerequisite: Approval by the graduate program director.

KNES 672 SEL TPCS IN PHEC (1-3)

Course will focus on an in-depth study of selected topics in sport and physical education. Content will vary and will focus on current research and/or relevant sport and physical education concerns. The specific requirements will vary with each topic. Prerequisite: Approval by the graduate program director.

KNES 675 SOCIAL & ETHICAL ISSUES IN SPORT (3)

Exploration of the incontrovertible link among sport, commerce, and culture. Understanding sport forms as cultural and intertwined with business will be accomplished through the sociological and philosophical analysis of several sport related topics. Specific topics covered will include, but not be limited to, sport as a mediated spectacle, factors such as race, gender, and class, the negotiation of sporting spaces, and human rights. Knowledge of these social and ethical issues will be discussed in terms of its practical application to the sport industry setting. Prerequisites: None.

KNES 685 RESEARCH SEMINAR (3)

Research on a problem through consultation with designated faculty members. Prerequisites: EDUC 691, undergraduate degree in physical education and consent of graduate program director.

KNES 687 INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Supervised field experience appropriate to student's interests and background in selected school, business, agency or professional settings. Prerequisites: Minimum of 9 units completed in graduate program, with a 3.00 G.P.A. and/or consent of department chairperson.

KNES 696 INDEP STUDY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Supervised study of research problems and special projects in specified areas of physical education. Prerequisites: KNES 639 or KNES 641 and consent of graduate program director.

KNES 697 DIRECTED READING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Extensive reading in selected areas of physical education. Prerequisites: KNES 639 or KNES 641 and consent of graduate program director.

KNES 712 RISK MANAGEMENT, LEGAL ISSUES, AND LIABILITY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

The risks, legal, and liability issues involved in the delivery of physical education and sport content. Historical and current cases will be explored in an effort to decrease risk. Policy and risk management plans will be developed. Prerequisite: Admission to KNES graduate program or approval from the department.

KNES 723 ADAPTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ALL LEARNERS (3)

Focus on the practical applications of curricular and instructional design, behavior modification strategies, assessments, adapted equipment, and assistive technology influencing physical activity behavior of diverse learners. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program of permission of instructor and completion of undergraduate adapted physical education course.

KNES 731 IMPROVEMENT OF TEACHER AND PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Self-assessment of teaching, selecting authentic assessment strategies to determine the effectiveness of instruction, and reviewing research leading to best practice in physical activity instruction. Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate Program of permission of instructor.

KNES 734 RESEARCH DESIGN FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Introduction to and application of methods and techniques used in executing research with a particular focus on issues pertaining to the theory in practice of teaching physical education. Prerequisites: Admission to program or approval of KNES Graduate Program Director.

KNES 745 STRATEGIC SPORT MARKETING (3)

Explores sport's unique commercial aspects and their effect on market analysis and segmentation, consumer behavior, branding and positioning, promotions and sponsorship, community impact, marketing assessment, and marketing ethics. Prerequisite: MKTG640.

KNES 775 SPORT IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE (3)

Using theories from a number of disciplines, students in this course will consider issues related to sport commerce in global marketplace, including; market saturation, just in time manufacturing of sporting goods, global sport branding, labor conditions in developing nations, sport in core periphery economies, international sport regulation, post industrial sporting economies, sport in the global popular, sport labor migration, sport and the culturalization of economics, global Fordism, and the challenger facing global the business of sport. Prerequisites: None.

KNES 787 KNES CAPSTONE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION PEDAGOGY (3)

Analysis and application of theoretical knowledge and experience in contemporary best practices in the discipline of physical education including, but not limited to, methodology/instructional strategies, curriculum development, and program assessment. A substantial reflective component is required. Prerequisite: admission to graduate program; completion of all other coursework for M.S. in Kinesiology.

KNES 897 KNES THESIS (6)

Preparation and submission of thesis proposal. Proposal will be presented to a thesis committee in written and oral formats. Following approval of committee, execution of the proposed study, analysis of data, report of results, and discussion of findings / conclusions can be initiated. Prerequisite: Department Consent.

KNES 898 KNES THESIS (3)

Preparation and submission of thesis proposal. Proposal will be presented to a thesis committee in written and oral formats. Following approval of committee, execution fot he proposed study, analysis of data, report of results, and discussion of findings / conclusions can be initiated. Prerequisites: Dept Consent.

KNES 899 THESIS CONTINUUM (1)

Continuation of thesis research.