Department : Graduate Studies
Chairperson : Cathryn Busch
M.S. Ed. in Physical Education (Grades K-12)
The Physical Education graduate program offers a Master of Science in Education degree in Physical Education. Students may select one of two options leading to the degree: 1) the research (thesis) option or 2) the teacher education (non-thesis) option. Completion of the master’s degree program does not lead to teacher certification.
The program affords an opportunity for continuing education in physical education beyond the bachelor’s degree, particularly for teachers and others in the fields of health and safety education, physical education, and recreation. The physical education program is accredited by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE).
- Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a program leading to advanced certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
- Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
- Completion of an undergraduate major, minor or the equivalent of at least twenty-four credits in physical education or a related field.
- Completion of courses or their equivalents in kinesiology, measurement and evaluation, physiology of exercise, and adapted physical education, as prerequisites for the program.
- No more than six semester hours from other universities are accepted as transfer credits.
- Completion of a minimum of thirty-four credit hours at the graduate level.
- Completion of all degree requirements within six years.
- Completion of an electronic portfolio and a comprehensive examination.
- A full academic schedule of courses for graduate students is nine semester credit hours. Exceptions to this policy may be made only with the approval of the department.
- All master’s degree requirements must be completed within six years.
Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.
Thesis Option / 34 credit hours
Required Courses / 12 credit hours
PE 5000, 5230, and 5910 (a thesis is required with PE 5910)
Elective Courses / 22 credit hours
Courses to be determined with an advisor.
Teacher Education Option (Non-Thesis) / 34 credit hours
Required Courses / 24 credit hours
PE 5000, 5406, 5090, 5110, 5270, 5160, 5230, 5030
Elective Courses / 10 credit hours
Courses to be determined with an advisor
5000/400 RESEARCH METHODS IN PHYSICALEDUCATION AND SPORT (3)
Survey of research methods. Techniques of research, research design, statistical analysis theory and research ethics in physical education and sport. Identification and critique of research design, developing a research proposal. May not be taken concurrently with PE 5230.
5010/401 WORKSHOP IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION: WILDERNESS CANOE CAMPING /FIELD (3)
A six day wilderness experience in the Boundary Water Canoe Area of the United States and Canada. Emphasis will be placed on canoeing skills, campsite organization, wilderness survival skills, and ecology.
5011/301 APPLIED BIOMECHANICS /4/ (3)
Prerequisite: ZOOL 2050 or consent of the department.
Structure and function of body muscles. Relationship to physical activity and performance.
5020/402 INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR EDUCATION /FIELD (3)
Methods of organizing, and acquiring basic knowledge and skills of various forms of outdoor education activities. Thirty clock hours of field experience per term.
5022/302 MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Study, interpretation and practices in evaluative techniques.
5030/403 MOTOR LEARNING (3)
Selected gross motor experiences for the child with learning disabilities.
5033/303 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE LECTURE AND LABORATORY/4 / (3)
Prerequisite: PSLY 2040; consent of the department.
Physiology of muscular movement relating to changes in the organism during and following exercise with emphasis upon the significance of such changes at various age levels.
5040/404 ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOTION (3)
Advanced kinesiological study with application to teaching methods and problems in sports, body mechanics, and conditioning.
5050/405 SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT (3)
A focus on sport as a social phenomenon and on the social and cultural structures, patterns, and organizations or groups engaged in sport.
5055/305 TECHNIQUES OF OFFICIATING ACTIVITY /15 / (2)
Interpretation and application of the principles, rules and techniques of officiating team sports and individual and dual activities. Fifteen clock hours of field observation and aiding.
5060/306 PHYSIOLOGY AND MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF COACHING (3)
Prerequisite: PE 5010, 5030 or consent of the department.
A study of the human body as related to the heart, lungs, conditioning, stress and mechanics of movement and anatomy as a benefit to coaching.
5070/407 SUPERVISION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)
The relationship between supervision and the development of effective teachers. Content focus includes generic supervision models, inquiry in regards to the meaning of effective teaching and effective supervision, and failures to traditional supervisory practices.
5077/307 CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN SPORT AND RECREATION (3)
The consequences of participation in organized sport for children and youth will be examined from historical, developmental, philosophical, psychological, physiological, and sociological perspectives. The course will focus on the ethics, problems, and controversies of children’s participation in sport. Credit not given for both PE 307 and REC 307.
5080/308 METHODS OF TEACHING SEX EDUCATION (3)
Designed to acquaint students or teachers of physical education with current principles and methods of teaching human sexuality.
5090/409 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT (3)
Practical problems associated with coaching and training a competitive athlete through high school and college years. Physical, intellectual, and psychological phases of an athlete’s life as being relative to the contingency of high performance.
5099/309 HISTORY, PRINCIPLES AND PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)
Biological, social, and psychological interpretations of physical education. Philosophical concepts from ancient Roman and Greek cultures to the present.
5100/410 METHODS OF TEACHING ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)
Materials and techniques for designing and implementing a program of adapted physical education for handicapped children and adolescents.
5110/411 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)
Facilities, equipment, space, time, costs, staff, faculty, administration, budget, buildings, and grounds, etc. involved in the promotion of a physical education program.
5150/415 CURRENT ISSUES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS (3)
The study of current issues as they relate to the fields of physical education and athletics.
5160/416 PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM (3)
Curriculum construction; content, analysis and evaluation. An examination and comparative study of existing curricula.
5170/317 PROGRESSIVE RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES (3)
Progressive rhythmic activities for all grades, including singing games, folk and square dances.
5180/418 SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (3)
An analysis of the effect of various social, political geographical, cultural, and historical factors on the physical education programs in schools and other institutions or agencies, or selected countries of the world.
5200/420 WINTER OUTDOOR EDUCATION / FIELD (3)
Methods of organizing outdoor cold weather activities, and acquiring the basic knowledge and skills for active participation in these activities. Thirty clock hours of field experience per term.
5210/421 INTRAMURALS, CLUB SPORTS AND CAMPUS RECREATION (3)
Organization and administration of intramurals, club sports, campus recreation, extramural sports in junior high, senior high schools and universities; practical aspects of programming for groups and individuals.
5220/422 ADVENTURE EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS (3)
An analysis of various types of nontraditional, yet physically challenging, physical activities with emphasis on cooperation, problem solving and noncompetitive techniques.
5230/423 RESEARCH STATISTICS AND REPORTING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT (3)
Prerequisite: PE 5000.
An overview of statistical analysis and reporting of data. Overview and use of computers to analyze data. Development of results and discussion sections of a research report. May not be taken concurrently with PE 5000, 5240, 5250, and 5260. Credit not given for both PE 412 and 5230.
5240/424 DEVELOPING A RESEARCH PROBLEM (1)
Prerequisite: PE 5000/400; PE 5230/423.
Independent study under the direction of a department faculty member. Development of a research problem. Writing of an introduction/literature review, statement of the problem, and research question or hypothesis. Development of a method section. May be taken concurrently with PE 5250 and/or 5260. Credit not given for both PE 5240 and 414.
5250/425 DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS (1)
Prerequisite: PE 5000, 5230, 5240 (or concurrent enrollment).
Independent study under the direction of a department faculty member. Development of a research problem. Data collection, analysis and writing of the results section of a research project.
5255/325 THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES OF COACHING (3)
Introduction to principles of coaching youth and interscholastic athletes applicable across all sports. Focus on the American Sport Education Program’s (ASEP) philosophy of “Athletes first, winning second” and how to put that approach into action. Course is one part of the ASEP coaching certification program—see PE or Recreation program descriptions for more information.
5260/426 RESEARCH CONCLUSIONS (1)
Prerequisite: PE 5000, 5230, 5240 and 5250 (or concurrent enrollment).
Independent study under the direction of a department faculty member. Development of a research problem. Drawing conclusions from data analysis. Writing of the discussion sections and completion of the research report.
5270 EPIDIOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3)
Prerequisites: PE 5000, 5230.
Survey of health-related aspects of exercise and physical activity from the perspective of the science of epidemiology to include: biological mechanisms for healthy adaptations to physical activity and exercise, prevalence rates of leading risk factors of illness and death in the United States, and determinants of physical activity participation.
5300/430 INTEGRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION THEORY AND APPLICATION TO GOLF (3)
Integrates the sub-disciplines of physical education (anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, and sports psychology) with application to golf.
5310/431 CRITICAL STUDY OF SPORT IN CINEMA (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate student status.
To critically watch sport movies in order to identify important societal issues rather than watch sport movies solely for entertainment.
5311/331 PERSONAL TRAINER PRACTICUM/ FIELD 6 (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Practical experience in personal training. Establishing, initiating, and conducting a trainer-client supervised relationship. Assessment, programming, record keeping, nutritional analysis, workout supervision and motivation.
5340/334 THEORY AND PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL FITNESS (3)
This course is a lecture laboratory class designed to provide an understanding of the theory and principles behind fitness training, its effects on the body and its place in a healthy lifestyle.
5410/341 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION (3)
Prerequisite: CPR Certification.
Lecture, discussion, and activity sessions in areas required for working with apparently healthy adults. Topics include: screening and evaluating, exercise program designs, exercise techniques, nutrition, motivational and leadership skills.
5420/342 AEROBIC INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION (2)
Prerequisite: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.
Lecture, discussion and activity sessions in areas required for the proper and safe teaching of exercise class. Lecture sessions include exercise programming, teaching methods, exercise physiology, applied anatomy, and fitness assessment. Activity sessions include stretching, conditioning, aerobic exercise, and fitness assessment.
5480/448 PRINCIPLES OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3)
Concepts of developing, implementing, and managing sports programs in high schools and colleges.
5490/449 LAW AND LIABILITY IN ATHLETICS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION (3)
Provides an overview of important sport injury litigation; presents a chronological summary of athletic injury litigation involving males and females; provides discussion on rights of students and teachers; provides information on reduction of potential for liability.
5500/450 COMPARATIVE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS (3)
An analysis and comparison of philosophy, structure, and implementation of competitive sports and athletic programs in the United States and selected countries and cultures of the world.
5510/451 PLANNING PHYSICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES (3)
Developing sequential steps with regard to identifying the educational specifications for detailed qualitative and quantitative requirements involved in planning or constructing athletic and physical educational facilities.
5520 INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FIELD (3)
Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education and completion of either PE 4530/5530 or 4540/5440 and either ED 4550/5450 or ED 4510/5510
Supervised internship experience totaling one hundred clock hours in the field. Fifty hours must be completed at both the elementary/middle school and high school student teaching site. To be taken the long semester before student teaching.
5530/353 METHODS AND PRACTICUM IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY/ MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education
Exploration of the teaching skills required for effectively teaching physical education at the elementary/middle school. Determining skill proficiency levels. Planning, organizing, establishing an environment for learning, strategies for maintaining appropriate behavior, assessing student learning, and teaching children with disabilities and from various cultural backgrounds are emphasized. A writing emphasis course. Course offered in spring term only.
5540/354 METHODS AND PRACTICUM IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL/FIELD (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education, ELCF 5500 and READ 5100, or concurrent registration with ELCF 5500 and READ 5100.
Examination of the instructional, managerial, and social task systems that comprise the ecology of the classroom for the effective teaching of physical education at the secondary level. Teaching special populations and the students of various cultural backgrounds is emphasized. A writing emphasis course.
5750/375 STUDENT TEACHING IN K-12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FIELD (6)
Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in the area of specialization, in professional education, and in all coursework required in the approved program; and a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years.
Off-campus placement in elementary, middle, or high schools in two or more grade levels: eight weeks teaching in an elementary school (grades K-8) or middle school (grades 5-8); eight weeks teaching in a high school (grades 9-12). University and cooperating school supervision. Five full days including seminar for 16 weeks. No other courses may be taken during the semester of student teaching. Credit will not be given for both PE 292 or 293 and PE 5750.
5800/380 INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE TRAINING (1)
Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite to all instructor-level American Red Cross Certifications. Content includes the organization’s role of an instructor and methodology generic to all ARC instructor Certification classes.
5810/381 FIRST AID AND CPR INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION (1-2)
Prerequisite: ICT Certification, certification in specific basic class(es).
Successful completion of this course will qualify the student to instruct ARC certification classes in first aid and CPR.
5820/382 WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION (2)
Prerequisite: Demonstrate quality strokes, 50 yards front and back crawl, breast, side, elementary back and 10 yard butterfly; community lifesaving certification; instructor candidate training certification.
Successful completion of the course will qualify the student to teach and certify in: the Learn to Swim Program (I-VII); and, Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program (PAP).
5830/383 LIFEGUARDING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION (3)
Prerequisite: Lifeguard Training certification, CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification, and Basic First Aid certification (may be part of class), and ICT certification.
Successful completion of the course will qualify the student to teach and certify in: Basic LIFEGUARDING; Lifeguard Training; modules (in waterfront, water park); CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
5840/384 INSTRUCTOR TRAINER CERTIFICATION (3)
Prerequisite: Currently authorized to teach in desired specialty area, pre-interview questions, letter of recommendation, observation of teaching, 30-40 minute interview, acceptance as Instructor Trainer Candidate.
Instructor Trainer Candidate course, full specialty class observations, full specialty class co-teaching (cadre), observed solo teaching (cadre). Successful completion qualifies the student to teach and certify instructor-level ARC certification classes in the specialty area.
5850/385 ADVENTURE CHALLENGE EDUCATION IN RECREATION AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)
Use of a variety of leisure education environments for teaching and leading group activities in physical education and recreation, emphasizing trust, cooperation, problem solving, and physically challenging experiences. (This course is the same as REC 385.)
5860/386 WORKSHOP IN AMERICAN RED CROSS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION/2 - 6/ (1-3)
Certification in an American Red Cross specialty area(s) i.e. lifeguarding, WSI, instructor trainer, first aid, CPR. May be repeated for credit up to three credit hours.
5910/491 THESIS (1-6)
Prerequisite: PE 5000, 5230 and consent of the department
Independent study in research and the writing of a thesis related to physical education.
5940/394 HIGH ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES AND RISK RECREATION (3)
Exposure to various forms of high adventure outdoor recreation, e.g., cross-country and downhill skiing, orienteering, rappelling, horseback riding, canoeing, backpacking. Emphasis on learning and teaching the basic skills of outdoor activities through classroom discussion and active participation.
5950/495 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1-3)
Attendance and participation at a prescribed number of research, technology, or methodology sessions at professional conventions. (May be repeated for credit, but a maximum of three credit hours can be applied toward the degree.)
5960/396 AQUATIC CERTIFICATION AND SWIMMING POOL MANAGEMENT (3)
Prerequisite: Student must have graduate status and pass a preliminary swimming test which may be waived provided adequate verification of swimming skills can be demonstrated.
Course will take student through the entire Red Cross swimming certification from beginning to advanced safety skills including advanced life saving. Course will also include proper management of waterfront/swimming pool facilities from pool maintenance to personnel considerations.
5970/497 WORKSHOP IN ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE (1-3)
Devoted to the objective of assisting athletic coaches at all competitive levels in conducting a successful program in their specific sport. The workshop may be general in nature, applicable to all sports or designed for a specific sport. (May be repeated, but a maximum of three credit hours may be applied towards the degree.)
5980/498 WORKSHOP IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3)
This course accommodates the many and varied experiences either too specific, too timely, or too intense to be covered in the traditional course format. Topics may vary from term to term based upon relevance and need. (Additional fees may be required; may be repeated, but a maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.)
5988/398 WORKSHOP IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3)
Prerequisite: Graduate student status or consent of the department.
Designed for teachers to study selected contemporary issues, trends, and problems in the field of physical education.
5990/499 SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3)
This course is devoted to a study of a pertinent issue or topic in an area of physical education. Topics may vary from term to term based upon relevance and need. (Additional fees may be required; may be repeated if topics are different, but a maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.)
5999/399 INDEPENDENT STUDY(1-3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate Jr./Sr. or graduate status; permission of instructor and consent of the department.
Investigate individual student-related problems in physical education and related areas.
Note: All graduate students are eligible to enroll in 5000-level classes, except those designated as restricted to master’s degree students or requiring departmental permission. Prior consultation with the department is recommended.