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Vol 40  No 11
March 13, 2008



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Master's in your own house

Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation will be offering online distance education courses for its master’s of physical education (MPE) starting September 2008. Memorial will be the only university in Canada to offer this type of MPE program.

“It will be possible for individuals interested in obtaining their MPE to complete all degree requirements from the comfort of their home,” said Dr. David Behm, associate director of Graduate Studies and Research in the school.

“The program will focus on providing advanced graduate education for the physical education teachers of Newfoundland and Labrador who cannot relocate to St. John’s to pursue further education,” Dr. Behm explained. “But it is anticipated the program will also attract other Canadian and international students.”

The on-campus MPE program began at Memorial in 1975. To date, there have been about 80 graduates. With the new program delivery mode, it is anticipated that 20 new students will be accepted per year.

Fifty per cent of MPE graduates have become teachers or principals, 10 per cent have gone on to school board administration, 20 per cent have taken university positions and the other 20 per cent have branched into a range of positions.

The new program will provide new courses which examine important issues for the working teacher. Some will explore topics such as Physical Education, Culture and Society (fall 2008), Physical Education Leadership, Comprehensive School Health, Coaching and Long-term Athlete Development in the Education System, and Adapted Physical Activity for Persons with Physical and Intellectual Disabilities.

“We are very enthusiastic to be partnering with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation for the delivery of this unique program,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Memorial. “This will radically increase the number of students that can complete the program, providing the schools of Newfoundland and Labrador with more highly educated and trained physical education teachers. Reaching those who can reach us is our primary mandate.”

The preliminary deadline date for entry into the fall 2008 program was March 1, 2008. Entries received beyond that date will be considered if space is available.

Application forms can be obtained from


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