University Bulletin 2017-2018

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Exercise Science (BS) - Health Fitness Concentration

Exercise Science (BS) - Health/Fitness Concentration 
General Studies Component
See Department advising sheets for specific requirements and suggestions.
Requirements for Exercise Science Health/Fitness Concentration: 
 BMD 114
 BMD 115
 HS 170
 PE 201
 HS 262
 HS 263
 HS 362
 LS 472
 PE 100
 PE 278
 PE 282
 PE 370
 PE 380  
 PE 381 or ST 210
 PE 474
PE 475
PE 476
PE 479
PE 480
PE 482
PE 484
PE 495
PE 102 and three (3) different one-hour PE activities
USA computer proficiency requirement
Students who are interested in a career at the baccalaureate level as an exercise professional may choose the Health-Fitness Concentration that provides the knowledge and the learning of practical and applied skills related to pre-participation health screenings, conducting and interpreting physical fitness assessments, developing exercise prescriptions, conducting exercise, and applying behavioral and motivational strategies for participants. The Exercise Science major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Program as an NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

 

Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Faculty    
(251) 460-7131
Chair Kovaleski
Professors Gurchiek, Kovaleski
Associate Professors Broach, Holden, Keshock
Assistant Professor Forester, Hauff, McKinley-Barnard, Schwarz, Woltring
Senior Instructors Anastasio, Barter, Palombo
Instructor Montgomery

Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/hks

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport offers state and nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs in Physical Education (P-12) and Health Education (6-12). 

The Department offers a totally on-line graduate program in Sport Management.  Undergraduate and graduate non-teacher certification programs are available in Exercise Science and Health. An undergraduate major is offered in Leisure Studies with concentrations in Sport and Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. The department also provides a physical activity instructional program for all university students through courses in physical fitness, lifetime sports, dance, and martial arts. An undergraduate Coaching Certificate program is also provided by the department.

Undergraduate

Requirements For Admission To Candidacy In Teacher-certification Programs (HS and PE)

All students must apply in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360), for admission to teacher candidacy. This is normally done during the final semester of the sophomore year or first semester of the junior year. All previously listed requirements of the University and College must be met prior to application. 

Teacher Candidacy Admission Requirements for PHYSICAL EDUCATION P-12 & HEALTH 6-12 Majors 

Hours:

60 semester hours (48 must be in General Education). A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at USA.

GPA Requirements:
  • 2.75 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA).
  • 2.75 Minimum Program GPA (All courses used on this Advising Sheet, including transfer work).
  • 2.75 Minimum Professional Studies GPA (All courses used in the Professional Studies area, including transfer work).
  • 2.75 Minimum Teaching Field GPA (All courses used in the Teaching Field, including transfer work).
  • No grade below a "C" will be accepted in Professional Studies courses.

Course Requirements:
  • Course requirements for PE P-12 Majors: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, BMD 114, EDM 310, EDU 400, EPY 351, PE 100, PE 201, and PE 166.
  • Course requirements for Health 6-12 Majors: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, BMD 114, EDM 310, EDU 400, EPY 351, PE 100, PE 201, HS 170, HS 262, and HS 263.

Test Requirements:
  • Satisfactory performance on Core Academic Skills for Educators tests of mathematics, reading, and writing. If passed prior to 9/1/2017, the AECTP basic skills tests are acceptable until 9/1/2022.
Other Requirements:
  • Proof of clear SDE fingerprinting/background check and professional liability insurance.
  • Completion of the Dispositions Survey and a signed teacher Candidacy application form.
  • Completion of a satisfactory departmental interview with your assigned advisor. Recommendation of advisor, department chairperson and approval of the Candidacy Committee.
  • Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform as a teacher.
Application/Admission Information:
  • Candidacy applications are due the semester in which the student completes all candidacy requirements. The intent is for students to apply for Candidacy AND meet with their content area advisor prior to registration to enable appropriate planning decisions for upcoming semesters.
  • Apply for Candidacy in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).
  • The College of Education  and Professional Studies Candidacy Committee may recommend, defer or deny admission to the program.

Admission to Candidacy will remain deferred until all requirements have been met and grades are submitted at the end of the term. Once grades are available and all requirements are met, the Office of Student Services will notify students via their official JAG email account when they have been admitted to Candidacy. Students will then be able to register for Candidacy courses.

Requirements For Admission To Candidacy In Non-teacher-certification Programs 

All students must apply for admission to a program during the semester immediately following the completion of 60 semester hours of credit provided they meet the requirements listed below. Courses in progress during the semester the student makes application for candidacy may be used in the candidacy application process.
Admission to a non-teacher certification program requires that

  1. The student:
    a. declare a specialization
    b. take any necessary tests
    c. submit to any needed evaluations
    d. be available for necessary interviews
  2. The student's application receives approval from the advisor and departmental chair. The application must be submitted to the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center by the second week of the semester in which the student is eligible to be admitted.
  3. The student's application receives approval from the Undergraduate Candidacy Committee
  4. The student's application receives the approval of the Dean or Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies

Candidacy requirements are summarized on Departmental Advising Sheets.

The following are the criteria to be considered by the Undergraduate Candidacy Committee:

  1. Completion of 60 semester hours of course work, 48 of which must be in General Studies.
  2. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.2 in the major/specialization (including transfer work) and a grade-point average of 2.2 on all work attempted at the University of South Alabama.
  3. Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform successfully as a professional. These and other factors could be determined in a departmental interview.
  4. Recommendation of the advisor and department chair.
  5. Completion of any departmental prerequisite courses.
  6. HS majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; PE 100, PE 201; HS 170, HS 262, HS 263; BMD 114, BMD 115; CA 110, and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.
  7. LS majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; LS 191, LS 292, LS 391, CA 110 and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.
  8. Exercise Science majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; PE 100, PE 282; HS 170, BMD 114, CA 110, and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.

The Undergraduate Candidacy Committee may recommend the admission of the student to the program, defer admission, or reject the student's application.

Internships In Non-teaching (NTC) Programs (Exercise Science, HS, LS)

Students enrolled in one of the following NTC Majors: Exercise Science, Health, or Leisure Studies, must be admitted to candidacy in their program and attain senior status prior to enrollment in an internship. All internships must be completed at departmentally approved sites, and must be planned and approved at least one full semester in advance of the experience. No other academic courses may be taken during the internship without permission of the Department Chairperson and academic advisor. Health, and Exercise Science students enroll in PE 495 and Leisure Studies students enroll in LS 498. See advisor for details and internship planning.

Graduate

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport offers:

I. The Master of Education degree with specializations in:

  • Physical Education, Teacher Certification
  • Health Education, Teacher certification

These programs are planned to lead to Alabama Class A Teacher Certification. An Alabama Class B certificate or the equivalent is required for students seeking the Master's level (Class A) certification.

II. The Master of Science degree in:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health (Non-Teacher Certification)
  • Sport Management