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Kinesiology programs prepare students for health sciences

Apr 05, 2019

New courses at The King's University are opening pathways into kinesiology related studies.

Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement applied to living a healthy lifestyle, is an area of increasing interest to students as Western society attempts to better understand the impact of physical health on a person’s overall wellness. In preparation for future full kinesiology program development, King's has added several courses to create a total of three new programs and streams for students interested in the human health sciences.

These new kinesiology streams provide more options for students to tailor their program to specific interests and desired career outcomes. Equally as important, they lay a groundwork for offering a kinesiology major and a larger vision of health sciences at King's

The first stream has been designed for aspiring physical education teachers. Students may now enrol in a three-year B.A. in Social Science, taking an advising stream in kinesiology which integrates multiple brand-new courses. After completion, students will be able to take King's two-year Bachelor of Education after-degree program, preparing them to teach physical education upon graduating.

“Interest in physical education is very strong. Every year since launching the secondary program, we have enrolled students with a passion to teach physical education, to coach, or both” says Lloyd Den Boer, Dean of Education. Physical education teachers and coaches influence lives, and athletics programs influence the tone and culture of schools. With new kinesiology courses, King's has a real opportunity to train top phys-ed teachers capable of making real impacts in the lives of todays youth.

The second kinesiology stream involves the same three-year social science degree but with an advising stream in sport and recreation studies. This option provides students with a program geared towards immediate entry into professional programs, coaching, or less formal physical education and movement instruction. Lastly, kinesiology has been highly integrated into the brand-new four-year interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree. This new degree offers students a choice between one or two concentrations in biology, chemistry, psychology, computing science, and now, kinesiology. The program is scheduled to be submitted to the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education this fall for final approval.

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