Exercise Science Concentration
The concentration prepares students to pursue careers in the fitness industry as well as graduate education in exercise science, pre-professional or an allied health field.
Students interested in athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine or other pre-professional health programs should review the Pre-Professional Health Advising section for prerequisite courses and recommendations for entrance to graduate professional health programs. Pre-professional health program coordinators are available to assist students with career planning and preparation.
Any student can declare the exercise science concentration; however, students must apply to be fully admitted to the major for a limited number of spaces. Declaring the exercise science concentration does not guarantee full admission to the major.
To apply for admission to the exercise science concentration, students must complete the following prerequisite courses:
Grades in the prerequisite courses are weighed heavily in the admission decision, and admission is offered to the top students on a space-available basis. Courses taken on a repeat/forgive basis will not be accepted. Only those grades received in prerequisite courses taken for the first time will be counted.
Applications are due October 15 for the spring semester and March 15 for summer and fall semester. Students denied admission may reapply during the next admission cycle.
The following courses are required of all students who choose the exercise science concentration.
Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration
The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) concentration is committed to educating future leaders in the profession of teaching physical and health education. The program encourages the teacher candidate to advocate for effective educational changes, work collaboratively and collectively for social change, and to continue to grow professionally.
The PHETE concentration is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Upon successful completion of the first four years, students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in kinesiology. The fifth year M.A.T. degree provides the requisite courses to obtain a Virginia teaching license in Health and Physical Education (PreK-12). It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. For more information contact the PHETE coordinator, Susan Nye, Godwin Hall, Room 315, (540) 568-4865, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The admission and retention standards are designed to instill a professional attitude and commitment to the profession of teaching. The admission and retention standards complement the JMU Teacher Education application process.The following outlines the admission and retention standards and procedures for PHETE.
PHETE Admission Standards
- Full acceptance to the JMU Teacher Education Program
- Submission of:
- Work Experience Verification Form
- Professional Resume
- Personal Statement
- Demonstration and appreciation of professional dispositions
- Successful completion of the following course work: BIO 290/BIO 290L, EDUC 200, PSYC 160*, KIN 244, KIN 303*, KIN 312*
* Minimum grade of “C” required in PSYC 160, KIN 303 and KIN 312