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Division of Kinesiology and Health

Corbett Building, 766-5284
FAX: (307) 766-4098
Web site: http://www.uwyo.edu/kandh/
Director: Derek Smith

Professors

TAMI BENHAM DEAL, B.S. Indiana University 1981; M.S. 1988; P.E.D. 1989; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2012, 1989.
MARK BYRA, B.Ed. University of Victoria 1979; M.S. Dalhousie University 1983: Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh 1989; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2001, 1990.
JAYNE M. JENKINS, B.S. Mankato State University 1971; M.S. University of Wyoming 1995; Ph.D. University of North Carolina 1999; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2011, 1999.
TRISTAN WALLHEAD, B.S. Loughborough University 1994; M.S. Leeds Metropolitan University 2000; Ph.D. Ohio State University 2004; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2017, 2004.

Associate Professors

BOYI DAI, B.Ed. Beijing Sport University 2007; M.S. Iowa State University 2009; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2017, 2012.
CHRISTINE M. PORTER,
B.S. University of Maryland 1993; M.A. University of London 2002; Ph.D. Cornell University 2010; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2016, 2010.
R. TUCKER READDY,
B.A. University of California, Berkeley 2000; M.A. San Diego State University 2004; Ph.D. Oregon State University 2009; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2016, 2010.
DEREK SMITH,
B.S. Colorado State University 1997; M.S. Wake Forest University 1999; Ph.D. University of Colorado 2003; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2009, 2003.
QIN ZHU, B.S. Shanghai University of Sports 1999; M.Ed. 2002; Ph.D. Indiana University 2008; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2014, 2008.

Assistant Professors

DANIELLE BRUNS, B.S. Linfield College-McMinnville 2008; M.S. Colorado State University 2010; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Profes-sor of Kinesiology and Health 2018
EVAN C. JOHNSON,
B.A. The George Washington University 2004; M.A. University of Connecticut 2008; Ph.D. 2014; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2015.
EMILY E. SCHMITT, B.S. Elon University 2007; M.S. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2009; Ph.D. Texas A&M University 2015; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2018.

Academic Professional

MARCI SMITH, B.S. Colorado State University 1995; M.S. Wake Forest University 1998; Associate Lecturer in Kinesiology and Health 2012, 2003.

Adjunct Faculty

Laurence Deal, Shane Tweeter, Enette Larson Meyer

Professors Emeriti

Paul Dunham, Ward Gates, Charles W. Huff, Donna Marburger, D. Paul Thomas

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.

Professional Program

Students who meet University of Wyoming entry requirements are admitted to the university in one of the two undergraduate majors that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The Division’s undergraduate majors are open at the freshman level to all graduates of accredited high schools. Advanced placement for students with previous college credit is based on evaluation of transcripts of previous academic work.

Students in the Kinesiology & Health Promotion (K&HP) program are ready to move forward in the junior year of the program when they complete the pre-requisite requirements to enroll in KIN 3021 and 3022, Physiology of Exercise lecture and laboratory. To be eligible for the K&HP Professional Program (junior/senior years), students must have completed all program course prerequisites and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750, preferred GPA of 3.000. Advancement in the K&HP Professional Program is complete once prerequisite criteria is met.

The entry course for admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) program is KIN 3012, Teaching Lab I. To be eligible, for the PHET professional program, students must have completed all program course prerequisites and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750, preferred GPA of 3.000. Admission to the last two years of the PHET major is a competitive process and applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the major. Application to the PHET majors is conducted only for fall. The application deadline is April 15.

Undergraduate Majors

The requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in the majors offered by the Division of Kinesiology and Health are as follows:

I. Kinesiology and Health Promotion Major

Students must complete 48 credit hours of upper division coursework (3000- or 4000-level courses) to meet the Division’s minimum 48 credit hour requirement for the B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

NOTE: Students should complete CPR & first aid certification and the certification should remain current throughout the program. Cards can be presented to the division registrar in Corbett 119 to be cleared of the requirement on the degree evaluation.

A. Freshman - Sophomore Years Hours
CHEM 1000 or 1020 (PN) 4
ENGL 1010 (COM1) 3
FCSC 1141 3
HLED 1006 3
KIN 1006* 1
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
LIFE 1010 (PN) 4
MATH 1400, 1405, or 1450 (Q) 3-5
PHYS 1050 or 1110 4
PSYC 1000 (H)  3
STAT 2050 or 2070 (Q) 4
USP First-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
USP Communication II (COM2) 3
USP Human Culture (H) 3
USP U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
ZOO 3115 4
Elective Coursework 8-12
Total Credit Hours 60

*Note: KIN 1006 not required if student completes KIN 1101 FYS.

B. Junior - Senior Years (Professional Program) Hours
HLED 3020 3
KIN 3021 3
KIN 3022 1
KIN 3010 3
KIN 3034 or 4020 3
KIN 3037 or 3038 3
KIN 3042 3
USP Communication III (COM3) 3
KHP Elective Coursework 15
Elective Coursework (this must include at least
5 credits of upper division coursework)
11-17
KIN/HLED 4015 or 4016 (culminating experience
in the final year of study)
6-12
Total Credit Hours 60
Minimum Total Hours 120

 

II. Physical Education Teacher Education K-12

A. Freshman-Sophomore Years

For any elective coursework taken beyond the credit hours listed under the Freshman-Sophomore years, it is recommended that these courses are selected from those required for endorsements.

NOTE: Students should complete CPR certification and the certification should remain current throughout the program. Cards can be presented to the division registrar in Corbett 119 to be cleared of the requirement on the degree evaluation.

Freshman - Sophomore Years Hours
CHEM 1000 or 1020 (PN) 4
ENGL 1010 (COM1) 3
FCSC 1141 3
HLED 1006 3
LIFE 1010 (PN) 4
MATH 1400, 1405, or 1450 (Q) 3
KIN 2000 3
KIN 2001 2
KIN 2003 2
KIN 2004 3
KIN 2005 2
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
PHYS 1050 or 1110 4
PSYC 1000 (H) 3
STAT 2050 or 2070 (Q) 4
USP First-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
USP Human Culture (H) 3
USP U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
ZOO 3115 4
Total Credit Hours 60

The entry course for admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) program is KIN 3012, Teaching Lab 1. To be eligible, for the PHET professional program, students must have completed all program course prerequisites and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750, preferred GPA of 3.000.

B. Junior-Senior Years

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of elected coursework beyond the credit hours listed under the Junior-Senior Years. It is recommended that these courses are selected from those required for endorsements.

Junior - Senior Years (Professional Program) Hours
Elective Coursework 6
EDSE 3540 2
KIN 3011 3
KIN 3012 (COM2) 3
KIN 3015 3
KIN 3021 3
KIN 3022 1
KIN 3034 3
KIN 3037 or 3038 3
KIN 3042 3
KIN 3050 2
KIN 3060 3
KIN 4012 3
KIN 4013 2
KIN 4017 3
KIN 4055 2
KIN 4080 (COM3) 3
KIN 4099* 12
Total Credit Hours 60
Minimum Total Hours 120

*Note: students must be certified in first aid and CPR prior to enrollment in KIN 4099.

III. Additional School Endorsements K-12

In addition to completing the Bachelor of Science degree in physical education teacher education from the University of Wyoming, students can qualify for K-12 endorsements in adapted physical education and/or health education by completing the following course requirements:

A. Adapted Physical Education K-12 Hours
EDEX 2484 3
KIN 4065 3
KIN 4075 3
B. School Health Education K-12 Hours
HLED 4025 3
HLED 4110 3
HLED 4120 3
HLED 4130 3
PSYC 2210 or HLED 4030 3

IV. Affiliated Options

The Division of Kinesiology and Health offers two options for the general undergraduate population.  They require course work beyond degree requirements.

A. Athletic Coaching Endorsement/Permit
Hours
Students who wish to qualify for an athletic coaching permit to coach in Wyoming public schools must complete four courses.
Note: Endorsements are for current teachers. Permits are for those who are not a licensed educator.
CPR Certification
KIN 3050 2
KIN 4090 3
Coaching In... Experience (completed at a community college or complete a coaching experience in a specific sport for one
season or more with a letter written by your supervising coach to submit with your PTSB endorsement application form)
B. School Health Education K-12 Hours
In addition to completing a bachelor's degree in teaching at the secondary level from an approved university program, 25 credit hours are required
to be endorsed to teach health education K-12 in the public schools of Wyoming.
FCSC 1141 3
HLED 1006 3
CPR Certification
HLED 4120 3
HLED 4025 3
HLED 4110 3
HLED 4130 3
PSYC 2210 or HLED 4030 3

Graduate Study

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 (tucker.readdy@uwyo.edu) for more information.

In order to apply, please submit the following via the University of Wyoming’s online application system (www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html): 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). Please contact the UW English Language Center (www.uwyo.edu/ele/) if you have questions regarding English profi-ciency requirements.
Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Polices in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching opportunities exist within the laboratory portions of the human anatomy and exercise physiology courses, the teaching laboratory portions of the pedagogy practical courses, and HLED 1006, Personal Health. A graduate assistantship also involves some research opportunities with assigned graduate faculty advisers.

A stipend for a full time graduate assistant is $12,333.00 per academic year. Tuition and fees are covered according to the percentage of assistantship allocated to the student.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Programs

M.S. in Kinesiology and Health
Area of Emphasis: Exercise and Sport Science (ESS)

Plan A (thesis)

The Plan A option of the Master of Science degree in the area of ESS is designed to prepare student for careers in one of the subdisciplines within ESS (e.g., biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology, motor learning and control, physical activity and lifespan development, physical activity and nutrition, physical activity and obesity, etc.). All students complete a series of general required courses and a concentration of courses in their specific ESS subdiscipline.

The ESS area of emphasis involves a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of coursework, a thesis, and a final oral examination. At least twenty-five (25) credit hours of coursework is required from the Division of Kinesiology and Health (i.e., HLED and KIN courses), which includes the ten (10) hours of general required courses.

I. General Required Courses (10 credits)

  • KIN 5085, Research Methods in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5960, Thesis Research (4 credits)
  • STAT 50501, Statistical Methods for the Biological Sciences (3 credits)

1May substitute STAT 5060, 5070, or 5080; or EDRE 5600 or EDRE 5640. Decision made in conjunction with advisor.

II. Specialized Required Courses (9-15 credits)

Area of specialization will include three to five courses (9-15 hours) within the student’s chosen ESS subdiscipline. Your advisor will identify courses to be taken specific to the selected area of emphasis.

III. Elective Courses (minimum 6 credits)

Students are encouraged to complete at least one of their elective course selections from outside the Division of Kinesiology and Health.  All elective course decisions must be made in conjunction with your advisor.

Contributions of Independent Study, Practicum/Internship, and 4000 Level Coursework to M.S. Degree Program

  1. Independent Study Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Individual Problems (HLED/KIN 5097) or Special Problems (HLED/KIN 5587) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  2. Practicum/Internship Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Practicum in College Teaching (KIN 5900) or Internship (KIN 5990) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  3. 4000 Level Coursework: Maximum of two 4000 level courses (3 or 4 credit hours each) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

M.S. in Kinesiology and Health
Area of Emphasis: Health (HLED)

Plan A (thesis)

The Plan A option of the Master of Science degree in the area of HLED is designed to prepare student for careers in public and community health settings. All students complete a series of general required courses and a concentration of courses in the area of HLED.

The HLED area of emphasis involves a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of coursework, a thesis, and a final oral examination. At least twenty-one (21) credit hours of coursework is required from the Division of Kinesiology and Health (i.e., HLED and KIN courses), which includes the ten (10) hours of general required courses.

I. General Required Courses (10 credits)

  • KIN 5085, Research Methods in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5960, Thesis Research (4 credits)
  • STAT 50501, Statistical Methods for the Biological Sciences (3 credits)

1May substitute STAT 5060, 5070, or 5080; or EDRE 5600 or EDRE 5640. Decision made in conjunction with advisor.

II. Specialized Required Courses (9-15 credits)

Coursework will include three to five courses (9-15 hours). Your advisor will identify courses to be taken.

III. Elective Courses (minimum 6 hours)

Students are encouraged to complete at least one of their elective course selections from outside the Division of Kinesiology and Health.  All elective course decisions must be made in conjunction with your advisor.

Contributions of Independent Study, Practicum, and 4000 Level Coursework to M.S. Degree Program

  1. Independent Study Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Individual Problems (HLED/KIN 5097) or Special Problems (HLED/KIN 5587 may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  2. Practicum Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Practicum in College Teaching (HLED 5900) may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  3. 4000 Level Coursework: Maximum of two 4000 level courses (3 or 4 credit hours each) may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

M.S. in Kinesiology and Health
Area of Emphasis: Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

Plan A (thesis)

The Plan A option of the Master of Science degree in the area of PETE is designed to prepare student for careers in the science an practice of teaching human movement. All students complete a core of general required courses and a concentration of courses in the area of PETE.

The PETE program of studies involves a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of coursework, a thesis, and a final oral examination. At least twenty-five (25) credit hours of coursework is required from the Division of Kinesiology and Health (i.e., HLED and KIN courses), which includes the ten (10) hours of general required courses.

I. General Required Courses (10 credits)

  • KIN 5085, Research Methods in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5960, Thesis Research (4 credits)
  • STAT 50501, Statistical Methods for the Biological Sciences (3 credits)

1May substitute STAT 5060, 5070, or 5080; or EDRE 5600 or EDRE 5640. Decision made in conjunction with advisor.

II. Specialized Required Courses (12 credits selected from the following KIN courses)

  • KIN 5012, Curriculum Design in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5013, Spectrum of Teaching Styles (3 credits)
  • KIN 5014, Teaching Tactics in Sport-based Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5016, Analysis and Supervision of Teaching in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5018, Psychology of Teaching Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 5019, Instructional Models for Physical Education (3 credits)

III. Elective Courses (minimum 8 credits)

Students are encouraged to complete at least one course from outside the Division of Kinesiology and Health.  All elective course decisions must be made in conjunction with your advisor.

Contributions of Independent Study, Practicum/Internship, and 4000 Level Coursework to M.S. Degree Program

  1. Independent Study Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Individual Problems (HLED/KIN 5097) or Special Problems (HLED/KIN 5587) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  2. Practicum/Internship Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Practicum in College Teaching (KIN 5900) or Internship (KIN 5990) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  3. 4000 Level Coursework: Maximum of two 4000 level courses (3 or 4 credit hours each) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

M.S. in Kinesiology and Health

Plan B (paper)

The Plan B option of the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health is designed to prepare students who are seeking a terminal degree. This option is not designed for students seeking to pursue a doctoral degree at the completion of the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health.

This program involves a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of coursework and a culminating paper that is developed on a topic selected by the student in conjunction with his/her graduate faculty advisor. The process for writing the culminating paper includes the development of a prospectus of the culminating paper and the final presentation of the written culminating paper. At least twenty-five (25) credit hours of coursework is required from the Division of Kinesiology and Health (i.e., HLED and KIN courses), which includes the nine (9) hours of general required courses.

I. General Required Courses (10 credits)

  • KIN 5080, Investigations in Kinesiolgy and Health (3 credits)
  • KIN 5085, Research Methods in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • STAT 50501, Statistical Methods for the Biological Sciences (3 credits)

1May substitute STAT 5060, 5070, or 5080; or EDRE 5600 or EDRE 5640. Decision made in conjunction with advisor.

II. Elective Kinesiology and Health Courses (minimum of 15 credits)

III. Elective Courses (minimum of 6 credits)

At least one elective course (3 hours) must be taken from outside the Division of Kinesiology and Health. All elective course decisions must be made in conjunction with your advisor.

Contributions of Independent Study, Practicum/Internship, and 4000 Level Coursework to M.S. Degree Program

  1. Independent Study Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Individual Problems (HLED/KIN 5097) or Special Problems (HLED/KIN 5587) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  2. Practicum/Internship Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Practicum in College Teaching (HLED/KIN 5900) or Internship (KIN 5990) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  3. 4000 Level Coursework: Maximum of two 4000 level courses (3 or 4 credit hours each) may contribute to the 25 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Distance Education Program

Plan B (paper)

General Information

Health and physical education teachers and health professionals are busy people. Health professionals typically work at their job during the day and then volunteer their time to work with community health care agencies/groups in the evening and weekends. Teachers of health and physical education typically teach throughout the day and coach during the evenings and weekends. Therefore, traditional Master’s degree programs that require students to attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie are often simply impossible for teachers and other health professionals to fit into their busy schedule.

The Division of Kinesiology and Health offers the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health as an off-campus, distance education program. This means that you can complete the 36-credit hour course requirements for a Master of Science degree from the comfort of your community as you continue working in your current profession. All courses are delivered to your home via a combination of teleconferencing, pre-developed videotapes, and/or online. The distance education program is designed such that you can complete the Master of Science degree in a three, four, or five year period of time.

This program involves a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of coursework and a culminating paper that is developed on a topic selected by the student in conjunction with his/her graduate faculty advisor. The process for writing the culminating paper includes the development of a prospectus of the culminating paper and the final presentation of the written culminating paper. At least twenty-five (25) credit hours of coursework is required from the Division of Kinesiology and Health (i.e., HLED and KIN courses), which includes the nine (9) hours of general required courses.

I. General Required Courses (9 credits)

  • KIN 5080, Investigations in Kinesiolgy and Health (3 credits)
  • KIN 5085, Research Methods in Health and Physical Education1 (3 credits)
  • EDRE 5600/5640, Educational Research I or Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)

1May substitute EDRE 5530

II. Kinesiology and Health Electives (15 credits)

III. Elective Courses (6 credits)

At least one elective course (3 hours) must be taken from outside the Division of Kinesiology and Health. All elective course decisions must be made in conjunction with your advisor.

Contributions of Independent Study, Practicum/Internship, and 4000 Level Coursework to M.S. Degree Program

  1. Independent Study Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Individual Problems (HLED/KIN 5097) or Special Problems (HLED/KIN 5587) may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  2. Practicum/Internship Coursework: Maximum of 3-credit hours of Practicum in College Teaching (HLED/KIN 5900) or Internship (KIN 5990) may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.
  3. 4000 Level Coursework: Maximum of two 4000 level courses (3 or 4 credit hours each) may contribute to the 21 credit hours from the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

Physical Education Activity (PEAC) Courses

Kinesiology (KIN) Courses

Health Education (HLED) Courses

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