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2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Physical Education and Health Education



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Springfield College offers programs of study in physical education leading to the master’s degree and the doctorate.

At the master’s level the candidate may earn a master of science, a master of education, or a master of physical education degree by pursuing and successfully completing a program of study in one of the following areas of concentration: Adapted Physical Education; Advanced Level Coaching; Athletic Administration; Sport Performance, Physical Education Teaching-Professional Licensure or Physical Education Teacher Licensure programs. 

The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree with satisfactory record from an accredited college or university.
  • An undergraduate major in physical education equivalent to that offered at Springfield College. If this preparation is incomplete, it must be made up by study in addition to master’s degree requirements.
  • Evidence of personal and professional qualities that show promise of outstanding educational and social leadership.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores taken within five years of the date of application.

In recognition of completion of the highest level of formal academic preparation, the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) in physical education degree is awarded to highly selected and well-qualified persons who successfully complete this program.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her advisor to ensure that all requirements are met. For more information contact Dr. Ruth Arnold at (413) 748-3251 or rarnold@spfldcol.edu.

Adapted Physical Education Concentration


The concentration in Adapted Physical Education is designed to prepare students to assist persons with special needs so that they may safely and successfully engage in programs of physical activities suited to their interests and capacities. Students will also prepare to assist in prescriptive programs for the amelioration of disabilities with certain patients requiring specialized physical activity.

The purposes and objectives of adapted physical education are to:

  • Aid in adjustment and resocialization.
  • Contribute to security by increasing the ability to meet demands of daily living.
  • Protect individuals from undue demands and exercise beyond their tolerance.
  • Develop strength, endurance, and coordination for daily living.
  • Develop skill in appropriate games, sports, and rhythms.
  • Aid in self-correction of conditions that can be improved or removed.

The College maintains affiliations with schools, agencies, and hospitals wherein appropriate field training experiences are provided.

All candidates for this concentration are expected to have an undergraduate background in physical education and, where their educational background is deficient, are required to make up such deficiencies in addition to pursuing the regular graduate program.

The Master’s candidate may choose from the M.P.E., M.Ed., or the M.S. Degree (thesis required for this option).

Undergraduate prerequisite: Physical Education Teaching License or Certificate or permission from the department chair.

Each student must complete a minimum of 36 credits of graduate coursework.

CORE Requirement: (3 credits)


Electives (1-9 credits)


Chosen from an approved list in consultation with program supervisor.

Research requirements (4-9 credits)


Degree information:


Candidates in the Adapted Physical Education program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. Degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Advanced-Level Coaching Concentration


Springfield College has a reputation for producing outstanding coaches at all levels of sports: elite, amateur, professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic. The advanced-level coaching program is a natural extension of our undergraduate physical education programs and is designed to prepare students for the demands and responsibilities of advanced-level coaching positions. Course work covers advanced-level coaching, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and sport and exercise psychology.

Undergraduate prerequisites

  • Exercise Physiology  (Anatomy & Physiology I & II or Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology (PHED 611) is a prerequisite)
  • First Aid & CPR (or equivalent)
  • Prevention of Athletic Injury
  • Coaching Practicum (or equivalent)

Basic program:  requires 32 semester hours of graduate credit

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Program requirements (16-20 credits)


Research requirements (4-9 credits)


Option 1: (Plan B)


Degree information:


Those students completing a thesis will take an oral examination on their research and qualify for the M.S., M.Ed., or M.P.E.  Thesis students must take RSCH 620, RSCH 612, and RSCH 635.

Students completing PHED 692 will take more electives and must pass the poster presentation to qualify for the M.Ed. or the M.P.E.

Athletic Administration concentration


The athletic administration program is designed to prepare students for administrative responsibility in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic programs and other settings. Students who have not been certified to teach in public schools may become certified by fulfilling additional prerequisites beyond those listed. Consultation with the advisor is necessary.

Undergraduate prerequisites

First aid and CPR (or equivalent)
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury
Statistics

Basic program: requires 36 credits of graduate coursework

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Athletic Administration Concentration requirements (9 credits)


Electives (0-5 credits)


Chosen from an approved list in consultation with program advisor

Research requirement (4-9 credits)


Option 2: (Plan B)


Degree information:


Candidates in the Athletic Administration program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. Degree in accorance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Physical Education Teacher Licensure Concentration


Physical Education Teacher Licensure program is intended to meet the needs of those students who have earned undergraduate degrees in fields other than physical education and who wish to complete the Massachusetts Teacher Licensure requirements in physical education. Completion of this program will therefore allow graduate students to qualify for initial licensure in elementary physical education (PreK-8) or secondary level physical education (5-12).

Note: This program of study is subject to change due to changes being made to the Massachusetts Department of Education Licensure regulations.

Standards for Practicum Placement

All graduate/postbaccalaureate Physical Education Licensure students must meet the following specific requirements along with those identified for Teacher Preparation Program Admission.

  1. Meet or exceed a 3.0 professional cumulative index, consisting of any courses taken with the following undergraduate and graduate prefixes: EDUC, HLTH, MOSK, MOST, MSCI, PHED, PEAC, and PEPC (cumulative indexes will be from the last semester completed).
  2. Earn a grade of B or better in the following course: PHED 510.
  3. Students must also receive a grade of B or better in pre-practicum in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience.
  4. Demonstrate the personal characteristics needed to become a teacher by:
    1. having no more than one negative evaluation on file or have met the prescription requirements of the Appraisal and Retention Committee.
    2. meeting the technical standards for the department (available form the PETA department office).
  5. Earn a passing score (70 or better) on the Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure - Communications and Literacy Skills Test and the Physical Education Subject Test.

Undergraduate prerequisites

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II Credits: 8
  • Physiology of Exercise Credits: 3
  • Kinesiology Credits: 3
  • Assessment in Movement and Sport Credits: 3
  • Heritage & Values of Movement and Sport Credits: 3
  • Adapted Physical Education Credits: 3
  • Sports First Aid & Injury Prevention Credits: 3
  • Pre-practicum in Elementary or Secondary Physical Education Credits: 2
  • Physical Education Activity Courses Credits: 6
  • Wellness 
    Fitness for Life Credits: 1
    Aerobic Activities Credits: .5
  • Team Sports and Individual/Dual Sports
    3 selectives Credits: 1.5
  • Aquatics
    WSI or Lifeguard Credits: 1
  • Dance/Rhythmic
    Approaches to Dance Credits: 1
  • Outdoor/Leisure
    Outdoor Adventure Credits: .5
  • Movement Across Categories
    Skill Themes Credits: .5

Physical education skills courses at Springfield College are divided into three classifications: MOSK, PEAC, and PEPC. Those courses designated as MOSK (Movement and Sport Studies Activity Course) are designed for the Movement and Sport Studies major. They are intended to serve as laboratory experiences in movement and sports activities representative of the cultural forms of sport, movement, exercise, and dance. Those courses designated as PEAC (Physical Education Activity Course) are designed for the general college population and are intended to support the development of student commitment to, and skills needed for, lifelong participation in movement activity. Those courses designated as PEPC (Physical Education Professional Course) are designed for the physical education teacher preparation student. In addition to focus on skill development, PEPC courses include emphasis on teaching methodology and teaching strategies for application of the activity to different age levels.

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Pedagogy requirements (15 credits)


Research requirements (4-9 credits)


Option 1: (Plan A) 4 credits


Option 2: (Plan B) 9 credits


Degree information:


Candidates in the Physical Education Teacher Licensure program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. Degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Physical Education Teaching - Professional Licensure Program


(Approved Professional Licensure Program)

Prerequisites:

Physical Education License and at least one year teaching experience and a current Physical Education teaching position or three years Physical Education teaching experience.

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Focus Area (9-12 credits)


Choose one of the following:

Supervision (9 credits)


Research requirement (4-9 credits)


Option 2: (Plan B) 9 credits


Degree information:


Candidates in the Physical Education Teacher Licensure program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Sport Performance


The sport performance program is designed for students interested in studying the nature of sport from different disciplines including motor learning, motor development, and philosophy and psychology of sport.

Prerequisite

Undergraduate degree.

Basic program: requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit.

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Program requirements (9 credits)


Concentrations (9-12 credits)


Choose one of the following:

Pedagogy (12 credits)


Electives (2-7 credits)


Research requirements (4-9 credits)


Option 2: (Plan B) 9 credits


Degree information:


Candidates in the Sport Performance program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

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