UTSA health, kinesiology master's degree approved

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 15, 2008)--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved a master's degree in health and kinesiology in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. With the new program, UTSA offers 44 master's degrees. Classes for the new program will begin in fall 2008 with an anticipated 50 students entering the program.

The new degree program will provide advanced professional training in the areas of exercise sciences, sports coaching, community and school health, and disease prevention.

"The health and kinesiology program will be delivered by excellent faculty who are well prepared to provide training for students who wish to pursue careers teaching physical and health education in school and community settings," said Dorothy Flannagan, dean of the UTSA Graduate School. "The program also will offer advanced training for students interested in pursuing a research career in exercise sciences and health promotion."

The program also will be beneficial to teachers and coaches with a bachelor's degree who want to teach at the college level. NCAA regulations require collegiate coaches to hold a master's degree.

Courses offered will include Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, Child and Adolescent Health Promotion, Cardiovascular Fitness, Aerospace and Environmental Physiology and Community Health. Wan Xiang Yao, UTSA associate professor of health and kinesiology, will serve as graduate coordinator for the new degree program.

Candidates for the health and kinesiology program must complete a 36 credit hour program in the non-thesis option, or 33 credit hours in the thesis option. The deadline to register for the new master's program for the fall 2008 inaugural cohort is July 1.

For more information, visit the UTSA Graduate School Web site.

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