The Master of Education (M.Ed.) examines human movement, physical performance, and organizational structures of sport, exercise and movement science, and sport and recreation management.

This professional studies program prepares students for advanced study or careers in coaching, health professions, or sport administration. This graduate-level, practitioner-oriented program is offered by the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

With guidance from faculty advisers, students choose at least 30 semester credits, which may include coursework, independent study, internships, workshops, and professional site-based experiences.

M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology

This year-long, full time graduate program allows students to attain all three teaching licenses and a masters degree. It is a cohort-based program that relies on teamwork and collaboration within the cohort and with our partner school districts. Students spend time student teaching in local districts and in University courses throughout the year. The program has a high placement rate and the job outlook is very good.

For more information and/or an initial transcript review please contact Matt Vollum (voll0013@umn.edu).


Physical Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) physical education initial licensure program is designed to help you become an inquiring, analytical, and reflective professional educator who can teach in various venues of the physical education classroom and who is prepared for leadership roles in the schools. There is also an additional licensure option for those who already hold a valid teaching license.

Health Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) health licensure program has two program tracks: initial licensure for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers, and additional licensure for current teachers who would like to add health to their teaching license. The health education program prepares teachers to become leaders in both pedagogical methods and in personal, community and general health concepts.

DAPE Licensure

The additional licensure in Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) is available only to teachers who are licensed to teach physical education in Minnesota. After completing the DAPE additional licensure program, students can easily obtain their M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology by taking several more courses.

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M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health


Please contact Nina Wang (nwang@umn.edu), adviser for M.Ed. Physical Activity and Health, with any questions .

M.Ed. in Sport and Exercise Science

The M.Ed. in Sport and Exercise Science provides advanced study in the broad areas of physical activity, including exercise science, movement science, and human performance, to prepare students for careers in health-related professions. Depending on their professional goals, students have the option of focusing studies on one of three career tracks: Sport Performance for those pursuing coaching careers; Athletic Training for those who have obtained their Athletic Training Certificate and who are pursuing careers in athletic training and/or teaching at the community college or college level; and Health Promotion for those pursuing careers as health coaches, personal trainers or employees in health related-fields.

Please contact Nina Wang, M.Ed. Sport and Exercise Science adviser with any questions (nwang@umn.edu).

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M.Ed. in Sport Management

The Sport Management master of education (M.Ed.) is a practitioner-oriented, graduate-level program designed to prepare students for advanced study or careers in sport administration, sport management, or sport and fitness related professions. Students choose at least 30 semester credits, which may include coursework, independent study, internships, workshops, and professional site-based experiences. Required courses will provide students with a well-balanced perspective of the industry; elective courses allow students to focus on topics they find applicable and interesting related to the sport and physical activity industry.

Please contact Nina Wang, M.Ed. Sport Management adviser with any questions (nwang@umn.edu).

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KIN 5696 - Practicum

Practicum offers students opportunities to work in a professional environment under the guidance of professionals. Practicum should be viewed as a transition step between a student’s education and their professional career. Typically the practicum offers a level of responsibility that allows a student to develop professional skills in the field/industry while offering the student training and supervision, which allows them to practically apply previously studied theory.

At the conclusion of a practicum it is expected that the student will:

  • Communicate more effectively in the language and culture of the profession
  • Function in a professional work environment with greater confidence and skill
  • Understand the level of personal commitment required within the profession
  • Develop an appreciation for the field of sport management and how it impacts the larger world through first-hand practicum

The following steps indicate the correct sequence for enrolling and successfully completing the practicum.

  • Complete at least 15-credits of degree coursework.
  • Develop an understanding for the practicum expectations and requirements.
  • Identify a professional job that you would like to perform for your practicum. Complete a set of goal statements for practicum, a current resume, and compile a list of 2-3 possible practicum sites. Be able to communicate the general job description and relate responsibilities and duties in a clear and professional manner.

Familiarize yourself with the teaching faculty and identify one whose teaching and professional interests line up with your long-term goals and desired Practicum experience. Learn more about our teaching faculty.

Contact an appropriate teaching faculty (you may need to contact multiple instructors), at least one semester in advance, to see if she/he would be willing to supervise your Practicum during the desired time period. You should be specific about why you are contacting them. Include your 2-3 possible practicum sites and state why you think these options are appropriate.

Once you have finalized a practicum instructor, you should work with that person to determine the appropriateness and length of the practicum, and the process for initiating the practicum. In general, a minimum of 45 hours of contact time within the organization is required for every University credit. For example: a student registered for 3 credits of practicum experience must complete a minimum of 135 hours of contact time. A student registered for 6 credits of practicum must complete a minimum of 270 hours of contact time.

Download the Practicum Proposal and Evaluation form.

Contact the chosen practicum site and make plans with the agency supervisor for the specifics of the practicum experience. These plans should include the starting and ending dates of the practicum experience, schedule for student activities and or duties throughout the practicum, and schedule for student/organization supervisor evaluation meetings.

Complete the proposal form, email a copy to your practicum instructor and set up an appointment to meet with him/her to discuss your practicum proposal and the requirements for successfully completion of your practicum. Bring a copy of your practicum proposal with you when you meet with your practicum supervisor.

Pending the final approval of your proposal from your Practicum Supervisor, you will be issued a course permission number for their section. Use this permission number to register for the agreed upon number of credits in KIN 5696.

Student Evaluation: Students will be required to complete and submit three assignments for the practicum to their practicum supervisor via email or fax (612.626.7700) prior to the specified due date:

Complete and submit the weekly practicum log each Friday by 7:00pm. If you work during the weekend then submit it by

  • Sunday by 7:00pm.
    Practicum Log [ ]
    or
    Practicum Log [ ]
  • Complete the work hours necessary to receive course credit.
  • Write and submit a final 10 – 12 page double spaced Practicum Experience Report [.pdf]
    Deadlines for practicum experience report – 4:00pm, the Friday before the start of Finals Week.

Supervisor Evaluation: The agency supervisor must complete the supervisor evaluation in the Practicum Proposal and Evaluation Form (see 7 above) and these must be included as an appendix in the student’s practicum experience report (see 11C above for due dates).

The following are general guidelines for the completion of the M.Ed. culminating project, KIN 5995: Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology. This project should be completed near the end of your M.Ed. program as a culmination of your education and experience. You are asked to identify a problem or need in your area of professional practice in Kinesiology and come up with a project that addresses this problem or need to fulfill the requirements of KIN 5995. You should produce a final product that is useful to your professional practice.

There is flexibility in the type of culminating project you develop. Students are encouraged to undertake a project of practical importance to their educational and professional objectives. Some examples of previous projects include development of the following:

  • Handbook for college athletics department
  • Curriculum guide for school physical education
  • Youth sport parent survey
  • Parent or athlete handbooks
  • Athletic recruitment handbook for high school students
  • Teaching assistant course materials for university athletic training course
  • Season plan for coaching
  • Interviews with young, inner city girls regarding lack of sports participation
  • Proposal for adding a new sport to meet gender equity requirements
  • Action research project on motivational orientation for participation in physical education classes
  • DVD of sport biomechanics for use in K-12 physical education
  • Review of literature on selected topic
  • Summer camp youth sport guides
  • Producing an instructional videotape
  • Developing an internet site
  • Action research or small pilot studies

The project you outline should require approximately 135 clock hours (45hrs/semester credit X 3 credits) of effort on your part to complete

If you are working with human subjects, you MUST go through the Institutional Review Board (IRB): See www.research.umn.edu/subjects for more information.

Students interested in registering for RESEARCH PROBLEMS should:
  1. Have at least 15 credits of their M.Ed program completed.
  2. Develop an understanding for what the requirements and expectations are for the Research Problems course.
  3. Familiarize themselves with School of Kinesiology teaching faculty whose teaching and research interests line up with their long-term goals and Research Problems project idea.
  4. Contact and discuss your project ideas with an appropriate teaching faculty, at least one semester in advance.
  5. Complete the Research Problems Proposal Form [ > ] and turn it into the teaching faculty who has agreed to supervise their Research Problems project. The student and the teaching faculty will need to sign the document and both should maintain copies of the agreement. The student and teaching faculty will need to be clear on the project plans, what will be submitted at the end of the project, number credits the project is worth, and the evaluation criteria for the course.
  6. Obtain a permission number from the teaching faculty for their specific section.
  7. Complete the work as agreed upon, turning in final paperwork prior to the first day of Finals Week. If work is not completed by this time, the student will receive an “F” unless a prior agreement has been recorded in writing with the instructor.
How to apply
M.Ed. Handbook