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Kinesiology and Health

University of Wyoming
Master's degree
Online / Distance
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Program description

Kinesiology and Health

The Division of Kinesiology and Health offers the Kinesiology and Health Promotion (K&HP) major and the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) major, preparing students in kinesiology and health promotion for a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings and preparing students to teach physical and health education in schools K-12. Students enrolled in these programs must meet academic standards as determined by the Division of Kinesiology and Health, College of Health Sciences, and the University of Wyoming.

The K&HP major prepares students well for admission to physical therapy school and occupational therapy school, as well as other health professions (e.g., physician, physician assistant, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, etc.). Approximately 60% of students majoring in K&HP apply to one of these health professional schools once they have completed their B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Health. Other students majoring in training, fitness, recreation, and leisure, and health promotion with state agencies - the job market is very diverse for these students.

The PHET program prepares students to teach physical and health education (PHET) in schools K-12. The PHET major is a nationally recognized program for meeting the NASPE/NCATE Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Accreditation Standards. This program offers individuals opportunity to combine certifications/endorsements in health education K-12, adapted physical education K-12, and coaching.

A graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health is offered by the Division.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admissions into the M.S. degree program is open to people who have obtained an undergraduate degree with a major program of study in exercise and sport science, health, kinesiology, physical education, or other area in human movement sciences. Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, physical education or health are required to complete four undergraduate courses in kinesiology and/or health in addition to the courses required for the graduate program of study. Individuals interested in applying are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Tucker Readdy for more information.

In order to apply, please submit the following via the University of Wyoming’s online application system : K&H supplemental application, copies of GRE scores, transcripts, a sample of professional writing, and three letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission; Spring admissions are also considered on a case by case basis.

GRE scores are required for admission but can be waived in specific situations. A minimum of a 3.000 undergraduate cumulative GPA is also necessary for admission. International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. If an international applicant wishes to be considered for Graduate Assistantship funding, the applicant should also submit the results of an Oral Proficiency Inter-view (OPI).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Kinesiology and Health
  • Contemporary Topics in North American Sport
  • Movement Core I: Striking/Fielding and Invasion Games
  • Movement Core II: Net and Target Games
  • Movement Core IV: Educational Games and Gymnastics
  • Movement Core V: Fundamental Motor Skills, Creative Movement, and Dance
  • Movement Core VI: Physical Fitness and Physical Activity
  • Field Experience for Prospective Elementary and Secondary Teachers
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Anatomy Laboratory
  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport
  • Fundamentals of Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Teaching Methods in Physical Education
  • Teaching Laboratory I
  • Teaching Laboratory II
  • Observational Experience in Movement Science
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Lifespan Motor Development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Teaching Human Anatomy
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Concepts in Physical Therapy
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
  • Therapeutic Modalities for the Athletic Trainer
  • Understanding Skill Acquisition for Teaching
  • Athletic Training Clinical III
  • Short Course in Physical Education for Undergraduates
  • Pediatric Exercise Physiology
  • Curriculum Development in Physical Education
  • School Administration for the Health Sciences
  • Internship Experience in Kinesiology
  • Research Experience in Kinesiology and Health
  • Teaching Laboratory III
  • Motor Behavior
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Functional Movement Analysis
  • Methods of Training and Conditioning
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Applied Concepts in Human Aging
  • Resources in Adapted Physical Education
  • Athletic Training Clinical V
  • Assessment in Adapted Physical Education
  • Assessment in Physical Education
  • Honors Seminar
  • Foundations of Coaching
  • Individual Problems
  • Student Teaching in Physical Education
  • Understanding Variation of Human Movement
  • Spectrum of Teaching Styles
  • Teaching Tactics in Sport-Based Physical Education
  • Instructional Models for Physical Education
  • Analysis and Supervision of Teaching in Physical and Health Education
  • Psychology of Teaching Physical Education
  • Understanding of Variability in Humans
  • Lifespan Growth and Psychomotor Development
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Advances in Research on Sport Expertise
  • Perception and Action in Motor Skills
  • Applied Biomechanics and Programming
  • Biomechanics in Sports
  • Investigations in Kinesiology and Health
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Seminar
  • Special Problems
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship

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