The online Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate option prepares physical education teachers, sport coaches, and sport leaders who wish to extend their content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. Course work is designed to prepare physical educators and coaches to be leaders of, and advocates for quality physical education and sport or recreation programs. The program emphasizes academic excellence, the pursuit of knowledge, the development of critical and analytical abilities, and the application of theory into practice so students will assume positions of leadership within the profession.
The degree prepares students to be master teachers, head coaches, department heads, and activities directors at the interscholastic level; assistant coaches, lecturers, and assistant or lead directors at the intercollegiate level; and to become actively engaged in leadership roles within professional organizations. In essence, this degree is designed for those individuals who wish to improve and expand their professional teaching and coaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills, and develop supervision and leadership competencies.
The entire curriculum for this program is presented on-line via distance learning. The on-line approach features course content presented in Blackboard as well as readings from selected textbooks and journals. Additionally, BB Collaborate, chat room sessions, and e-mail discussions of current topics and issues will be used throughout the program.
This mode of delivery provides students with the flexibility to complete course assignments and activities within their individual settings at a time when their job duties and responsibilities allow them to focus on the course work.
The courses in this program have been specifically designed to inform teachers and coaches about best practices in contemporary teaching, coaching, and leadership. The underpinning philosophy requires that course assignments be mainly case study, project based, and relevant to practicing professionals in order that they can apply knowledge gained to their individual settings or other appropriate contexts. This does not mean that some courses will not have exams. Most courses will use a project-based format where students read and discuss content online and then apply what they have learned in authentic action projects that are shared online with others. Some courses may require projects or field experiences related to observing, assessing, or teaching/coaching in K-12 or university settings. There is no required course sequence. Each individual student’s program is developed in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor.
Admission requirements are as follows:
1. Cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
2. Undergraduate degree in the field of Kinesiology (physical education, coaching, etc.)
- A 3.0 is needed to be considered for full acceptance into the LPES program. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be considered for conditional acceptance and will have to complete 6 graduate credit hours with grades of at least B to be considered for full standing. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee automatic acceptance.
Plan of Study
HNES 700 Research in Physical Education and Sport (3 credits)
HNES 701 Leadership and Supervision (3 credits)
HNES 704 Psychological Foundation of Sport and Physical Activity (3 credits)
HNES 705 Analysis of Sport Skill Instruction and Acquisition (3 credits)
HNES 706 Adapted Physical Education and Sport (3 credits)
HNES 707 Sport in American Society (3 credits)
HNES 708 Positive Youth Development Through Sport (3 credits)
HNES 709 Laws of Leadership ( 3 credits)
HNES 711 Physical Education Curriculum (3 credits)
HNES 712 Principles of Management (3 credits)
HNES 714 Legal Liability in HPER (3 credits)
HNES 715 Teaching Concepts-Based Fitness (3 credits)
HNES 716 Financial Management in Sport (3 credits)
HNES 717 Sport Revenue Generation (3 credits)
HNES 718 Strategic Sport Marketing (3 credits)
HNES 721 School-wide Physical Activity Promotion (3 credits)
HNES 731 Governance in Sport (3 credits)
HNES 736 Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
Other courses you might consider:
HNES 790 Seminar
HNES 792 Graduate Teaching Experience (1-3 credits)
HNES 793 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
HNES 795 Field Experience (1-3 credits)
( All courses are restricted to students enrolled in the LPES degree option)
Fall - even year Spring - odd year Summer - odd year
HNES 707 HNES 701 HNES 711
HNES 704 HNES 714 HNES 715
HNES 700 HNES 717 HNES 708
Fall - odd year Spring - even year Summer - even year
HNES 705 HNES 712 HNES 721
HNES 700 HNES 706 HNES 709
HNES 736 HNES 716 HNES 731
To Apply: Please visit https://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/apply and follow the domestic and international application procedures. *Enrollment in this degree is limited to 32 students. The review of applicants is ongoing and continues until all available slots are filled. Students should indicate on their application if they desire to begin their course work during fall, spring or summer semester.
NDSU Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1742 or 701-231-7015