School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics

GENERAL COMMENTS

Study in the field of Physical Education (recreation and sport) began in the form of a two-year diploma programme in 1956 at the Memorial University Campus on Parade Street. The degree programme was approved by Senate in 1961 when the present campus opened. After twenty years as a Department, the unit gained the status of a Professional School in the Fall of 1976. The move to a co-operative education format was made in 1992.

It is clear that future trends in our society towards increased leisure time and personal responsibility for balanced, healthy lifestyles will require professionals in the field of kinesiology/physical education/recreation who are prepared to initiate and operate a wide variety of programmes to meet these needs.

The School of Physical Education Recreation and Athletics offers the following 8 undergraduate programmes.

1) The Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-operative) normally consists of seven academic terms and three work terms in positions related to the student's future career. The Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-operative) degree programme consists of core Kinesiology courses in addition to a flexible choice of electives. This degree programme is designed to prepare graduates for work outside a school system in health, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle industries. Following completion of this degree programme, students may wish to apply to the Canadian Kinesiology Association for accreditation.

2) The Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours (Co-operative) signifies superior academic achievement normally consisting of seven academic terms and three work-term positions related to the student's future career.

3) The Bachelor of Kinesiology is a non co-operative degree programme consisting of 40 courses, 120 credit hours. This programme may be completed either on a full or part-time basis.

4) The Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours signifies superior academic achievement normally consisting of seven academic terms.

5) The Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) at Memorial University is a Co-operative Programme, under which regular full-time academic terms are alternated with full-time work terms in positions related to the student's future career. The Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) Programme normally consists of six academic terms and three work terms. The six academic terms are designed with a common curriculum extending over the first two terms. There are two options to choose from in completing the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) Degree or the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) Degree:

i) Teaching - designed to be followed by the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) Degree:

This option of the degree programme contains courses in curriculum planning, teaching methods and practice relevant to physical education curricula for various age groups. There will be an emphasis on placing the student in a school or teaching position for some of the work terms. The student normally completes the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) degree programme following the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) and will then be prepared for a career within a school setting.

ii) General - designed to provide basic professional preparation.

The generalist option of the programme consists of core courses common to the other options plus a flexible choice of electives, without the requirement for curriculum and methods courses necessary for the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) and the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) combination. This stream is designed to prepare graduates for work outside a school system.

6) The Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) programme requires additional courses in Physical Education (or in approved related fields) and superior academic achievement. The Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) Programme normally consists of seven academic terms and three work terms.

7) The Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) normally requires seven regular full-time academic terms that are alternated with three full-time work terms in positions related to the student's future career. This is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop professional competencies in several aspects of leisure service management: conceptual foundations of recreation and leisure; professionalism in leisure services; leisure services delivery systems, programming strategies; assessment; planning and evaluation; administration and management; and legislative and legal aspects of recreation. The students will also gain an understanding of the social, physical, psychological, cultural, economic, and political issues that influence leisure participation, delivery, and management.

8) A Bachelor of Recreation Honours (Co-operative) programme requires specific courses in Recreation and superior academic achievement and normally requires seven regular full-time academic terms that are alternated with three full-time work terms in positions related to the student's future career.

9) The Bachelor of Recreation is a non-co-operative degree programme comprised of 40 courses, 120 credit hours. This programme may be completed either on a full or part-time basis.

10) The Bachelor of Recreation Honours programme requires specific courses in Recreation and superior academic achievement.

Work Terms:

During work terms, as required of the Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-operative), Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) and the Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative), students are brought into direct contact with the kinesiology/physical education/recreation profession, exposed to actual practical problems, expected to assume ever-increasing responsibility in employment as their education advances, and introduced to experiences far beyond the scope of those which could be provided in the University. The experiences should provide maturing prospective graduates with an early appreciation for the personal, social and economic aspects of physical education/recreation through direct association with professionals in a work environment.

Much of the experience gained in the co-operative programmes would not be available to students until after graduation, in conventional programmes. This experience makes a significant contribution to their total education. Normally these programmes are offered at the St. John's campus; however, students may be required to complete course work outside the St. John's campus (e.g. Harlow, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; Maine, USA).


Last modified on May 10, 2001 by MaryJane Puxley

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