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Graduate Bulletin

Kinesiology, M.S.

Concentration: Curriculum and Instruction



This page requires an update as of July 30, 2008.  Information is relevant to the former Kinesiology Ed.M. degree with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences, which is no longer offered by Temple University.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Spring: October 1

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents, as well as comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be clearly written and well thought out.  It should be approximately 1-2 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores of 500 each are preferred on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.  Occasionally, students with lower totals are accepted if undergraduate work and/or other life experiences suggest a high degree of probability of success in the graduate program.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


An interview is scheduled at a mutually convenient time between the faculty interviewer(s) and the applicant. Master's applicants may interview by telephone if an on-campus visit is difficult to arrange.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Relevant graduate courses taken at other accredited universities may be considered for transfer credit to the student's program. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

One Research Methods course and one Statistics course are required; other requirements vary by program area.

For the Curriculum and Instruction area, three core courses:

Kinesiology 455: Creative Approaches to Teaching

Kinesiology 554: The Physical Education Curriculum

Kinesiology 595: Seminar in Physical Education

Research courses (not required for comprehensive examination option):

Kinesiology 901: Research Methods

Kinesiology 960: Master's Research

For Teacher Behavior, two of the following four courses:

AOD 501: The Analytic Study of Teaching

AOD 507: Interaction Analysis

Kinesiology 550: Measurement and Evaluation

Kinesiology 552: The Analytic Study of Teaching

For Curriculum Development, two of the following four courses:

CTD 561: Introduction to Curriculum Theory

CTD 570: Curriculum Development and Writing

Kinesiology 550: Measurement and Evaluation

Kinesiology 555: Curriculum Development and Writing

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

If the student selects this option, s/he should be able to demonstrate competence in the general discipline of Kinesiology and in her/his sub-specialty area. Students complete a six-hour examination in one day, with three hours devoted to six general questions about Kinesiology and three hours to two specific questions about their sub-specialty area.

The comprehensive exam is taken at the end of the master's program upon completion of all coursework. Faculty members write the questions, depending on the student's area(s) of concentration. The exam is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and faculty. It is proctored by the faculty. Evaluation is pass/fail by the faculty who write the exam questions. The student must answer both the written questions satisfactorily and the oral follow-up with the faculty who wrote the questions.


The thesis is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to collect data and present results in a scholarly manner. Students schedule a defense with their three-person committee after the thesis advisor has approved the thesis as ready for the defense. Overall evaluation is pass/fail, with recommendations for improvements of the thesis as a result of faculty review and discussion at the thesis defense.

Project Option:

The project option is a written document, which may be a research project, literature review, program plan, etc. It is a 3-credit option. The project option is designed to provide more flexibility for students who wish to complete a written paper, but who do not necessarily want to engage in research at the level expected for a thesis. Evaluation of the project is by a two-person committee as pass/fail, based on the written document and an oral presentation.

Clinical Internship/Practicum Option:

The Clinical Internship/Practicum is a 300-hour supervised applied experience. It is a 6-credit option. (As of Fall 2005, the Clinical Internship/Practicum option is only available for Exercise Physiology and Exercise and Sport Psychology students.) The Clinical Internship/Practicum offers students the opportunity to engage in more applied work. Evaluation of the Clinical Internship/Practicum experience is by the major professor, based on a submitted portfolio of materials completed during the experience.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Dr. Michael Sachs


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Michael Sachs


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Michael Sachs



Dr. Michael Sitler


About the Program

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to advance comprehensive inquiry into, and understanding of, human movement in all of its forms and implications. The program primarily trains academicians but also clinicians/practitioners in some areas. The program offers an opportunity to engage in coursework as well as research and applied work across a range of subdisciplines within the discipline of Kinesiology.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Classes are occasionally offered at Fort Washington.  Elective classes are also offered on the Center City, Ambler, and Health Sciences Center campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Interdisciplinary study is available within the department as well as through other departments in the University.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



While rankings of individual programs and the department are not conducted in the profession, the programs at Temple University have excellent reputations. For example, the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine area is one of only three programs in the country with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level training as well as NATA-accredited undergraduate and graduate programs.


The master's program/concentration in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine is accredited by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Areas of Specialization:

The program has two primary areas of concentration: Behavioral Sciences and Somatic Sciences. Students of Behavioral Science can focus on the Psychology of Human Movement (of which Exercise and Sport Psychology is the major area) or Curriculum and Instruction. Students of Somatic Science can focus on Athletic Training/Sports Medicine or Exercise Physiology. Work across the two areas of Behavioral and Somatic Sciences is also possible and encouraged.

Job Placement:

Students find positions in a variety of settings, including teaching and coaching, as well as in research and clinical settings. Many students pursue doctoral degrees.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are welcome to take classes in the department, assuming they have the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in the classes.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantship duties include, but are not limited to, teaching activity courses in a variety of movement forms and sports; teaching laboratory sections of undergraduate courses such as Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise, and Human Anatomy and Physiology; supervising student teachers; serving as a research assistant in the Biokinetic Research Laboratory; or serving as an administrative assistant to one of the department administrators.

Updated 3.1.06