SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Professor and Director of the School C. Higgs



The degree of Master of Physical Education is offered by full-time and part-time study.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

C) EVALUATION

D) THESIS AND INTERNSHIP REPORT

E) INTERNSHIP

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant shall normally hold a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education or a related discipline, with at least second class standing, from an institution recognized by Senate. In addition to the above, preference will be given to applicants with work experience, obtained either through Cooperative Education programmes or through employment deemed appropriate.

2. Any other applicant who holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree or its equivalent may be considered for admission provided that:

a) the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in physical education courses, OR

b) the applicant has raised his/her overall academic standing to second class following the completion of the undergraduate degree, through the successful completion of an approved pattern of undergraduate courses.

3. Only in exceptional circumstances and only on the recommendation of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics shall the Dean of Graduate Studies consider applicants who do not meet these admission requirements.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

1. The degree of Master of Physical Education is offered under three options:

Option i. The programme shall consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate courses plus a thesis. The thesis shall be on an approved subject in which systematic research has been conducted by the candidate under the direction of the Supervisor.

Option ii. The programme shall consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate courses plus an internship. The internship shall be in an institution (or institutions) agreeable to the candidate and to the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics. Upon successful completion of the internship placement, a formal report shall be submitted.

Option iii. The programme shall consist of a minimum of 36 credit hours in graduate courses plus a comprehensive examination in the candidate's major area of study.

2. The candidate's major area of study shall be Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in Physical Education.

In conjunction and collaboration with other Faculties and Schools of MUN, students may pursue their special interests through an interdisciplinary course of study.

While most candidates may be from the school system, some may enter from and opt for related professional areas (parks-recreation/ sport/ leisure administration and management). The student's interests may be accommodated through individual reading and research in these special areas. In addition, many off-campus agencies and organizations offer excellent field experience opportunities for candidates who may wish to individualize a programme of study, research, and practical experience through the internship option.

3. The required courses for the degree shall normally include as a basic core the courses P.E. 6000, 6001, 6002, 6110, 6120. Equivalent courses may be substituted from other Faculties or Schools subject to the approval of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Graduate Studies Committee.

4. The remaining courses shall be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor subject to approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

C) EVALUATION

1. In order to qualify for the M.P.E. Degree, candidates must obtain an A or B grade in each programme course.

2. To remain in the M.P.E. programme, a candidate who obtains a final grade of "C" in a programme course must repeat that course, normally when next offered, and is permitted to repeat that course only once.

3. A candidate is required to withdraw from the M.P.E. programme if:

a) a final grade of "C' has been obtained in more than two programme courses;
b) two final grades of "C" are obtained in the same programme course;
c) a final grade of less than "C" is obtained in any programme course.

4.a) The thesis and internship report shall normally be evaluated by three examiners approved by the Dean, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.

b) The comprehensive examination shall normally be constructed and evaluated by an examining committee of three examiners, at least two of whom shall be faculty members of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the Director of the School.

5. Candidates electing to qualify for the degree under Option (iii) must write a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination shall examine the candidate's ability to relate the area of specialization to the area of the core studies. The candidate may be required to appear for an oral examination.

A candidate may not write the examination before completing the course work for the degree.

6. When the Director has determined, on the basis of consultation with the candidate and the instructors, that a candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, he or she may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.

D) THESIS AND INTERNSHIP REPORT

1. Evaluation of theses or internship reports shall be governed by Graduate Studies General Regulation J.

2. When the thesis, or internship and internship report, and all examinations have been completed to the satisfaction of the Dean, the Dean shall recommend that the candidate be awarded the degree.

E) INTERNSHIP

1. Prior to the initiation of an internship the student shall submit an internship proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics for approval.

2. Each internship shall be supervised and evaluated by a Committee appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics.

The committee shall consist of a minimum of three members including an internship coordinator.

3. In addition to continuous evaluation by the Supervisory Committee, the committee will meet with the intern, at least once, during the internship period to make an assessment of the nature and quality of the intern's progress, and to approve any modifications to the internship. On completion of the internship the committee, after consultation with the on-site supervisor(s) at the institution(s) in which the internship was served, shall recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies an internship grade of pass or fail. A candidate will be permitted to submit an internship report only after the committee has determined that the internship placement has been successfully completed.

4. Should the School, on the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee, terminate the internship prior to its completion, it may recommend to the Dean one of the following:

a) Submission of a new internship proposal for a different field setting (once only);
b) selection of the thesis or comprehensive examination option; or
c) termination of the student's programme.

NOTES: 1) Interns are advised to acquaint themselves with the internship regulations of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics.

2) Every candidate in graduate studies shall comply with the General Regulations, the degree regulations and any additional requirements of the appropriate Department.

COURSES

6000. Quantitative Methods in Physical Education
6001. Qualitative Research Methods in Physical Education
6002. Scientific and Cultural Foundations of Physical Education
6110. Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Management
6111. Canadian Delivery Systems in Physical Education, Recreation and Sport
6120. Curriculum Development in Physical Education
6130. Computer Applications in Physical Education
6310. Exercise Physiology I
6320. Exercise Physiology II
6410. Sport and Society
6420. History of Physical Education and Sport
6610-15. Individual Reading and Research in Special Areas


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