School of Physical Education and Athletics

GENERAL COMMENTS

Students completing the former Recreation Option under the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) degree programme will follow former degree regulations. Students who were accepted into the Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) degree programme shall be governed by the following regulations. Students who were accepted into the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative), Recreation Option are required to complete their programmes by August 31, 2000.


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 physical education/recreation who are prepared to initiate and operate a wide variety of programmes to meet these needs.

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) Pro-gramme consists of six academic terms and four work terms. The six academic terms are designed with a common curriculum extending over the first two terms.

A Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) programme requiring additional courses in Physical Education (or in approved related fields) and superior academic achievement is also available.

The Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) at Memorial University is a Co-operative Programme, under which seven regular full-time academic terms are alternated with three full-time work terms in positions related to the student's future career.

A Bachelor of Recreation Honours (Co-operative) programme requiring specific courses in Recreation (or in approved related fields) and superior academic achievement is also available.

During work terms students are brought into direct contact with the 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 of 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 this type of programme would not be available to students until after graduation, in a conventional programme. This experience makes a significant contribution to their total education.

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:

1) Teaching - designed to be followed by the Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.):

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 B.Ed. degree programme following the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) and will then be prepared for a career within a school setting.

2) General Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) - designed to provide a 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)/B.Ed. combination. This stream is designed to prepare graduates for work outside a school system.

The Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) programme normally takes 10 semesters to complete, except for the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) programme which normally requires one additional semester of study. Refer to Table 1 for the sequencing of academic and work terms.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate programme as approved by the Academic Council and Senate, candidates will be recommended for the degree of Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative), or Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative), as appropriate.

The Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) Degree pro-gramme 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. The Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) programme normally takes 10 semesters to complete. Refer to Table 3 for the sequencing of academic and work terms.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate programme as approved by the Academic Council and Senate, candidates will be recommended for the degree of Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative), or Bachelor of Recreation Honours (Co-operative), as appropriate.




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