Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology: Physical Education Emphasis degree offered by Fresno Pacific University is intended for students with a background in physical education or coaching. This program is designed for students who wish to enhance competencies in teaching, coaching, consulting, or program administration. A graduate of this program should be competent enough to gain employment in a variety of sport or physical-related careers. Students are required to complete clinical experiences during the fall and spring semesters.

This program aims to equip students with advanced skills and knowledge relating to not only Kinesiology, but also to Physical Education. A student enrolled in this program will learn how to design content and grade-specific standards based curricula. This program covers professional standards needed to identify and develop effective, developmentally appropriate and standards-based lesson plans, as well as engage in reflective practices to improve instructional effectiveness. Students also may use and develop a variety of standards-based assessment tools and techniques and learn how to statistically analyze results for program improvements.

Students must fulfill 36 to 37 credit hours in order to graduate. The Kinesiology Courses include: Technology and Kinesiology, Legal Aspects of Kinesiology and Sport, and Assessment in Physical Education. Students then complete a Master of Arts core of Research Methods in Kinesiology and Values in Kinesiology and Sport and then choose a culmination option. The options include the course option, the thesis option, and the comprehensive examination option. These options convey the level of advancement that a student has achieved through the course of this program. This program may take approximately 14 to 17 months to complete and starts in each spring and summer semester. A student may potentially waive some prerequisites for every year of verified, full-time physical education teaching or coaching experience.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    Fresno Pacific University, with Christian affiliations, is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Fresno, California. The idea for what would eventually become Fresno Pacific University was formed in 1941 by the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1944, the Pacific Bible Institute opened its doors in Fresno, California. By 2005, Fresno Pacific had expanded to include regional campus centers in Bakersfield, North Fresno, and Visalia. The mission of Fresno Pacific University is "Fresno Pacific University develops students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education." Fresno Pacific describes itself as Anabaptist, evangelical, and ecumenical.

    Fresno Pacific offers undergraduate programs, degree completion programs, graduate programs, and online degrees and courses. Fresno Pacific also offers professional development programs. The online offerings from Fresno Pacific include: Adult Degree completion, credentials (like Teacher Librarian Services), Master’s degrees, and continuing education courses.


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