Physical Education Studies
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.
Are you interested in becoming an elementary or middle years physical education teacher? If so, this study route is right for you. You can specialize in a second teaching area, in addition to physical education, while you are in the College of Kinesiology. Once you complete your Kinesiology degree, enter the sequential program in the College of Education to earn your Bachelor of Education and necessary certification.
- Kinesiology practicum programs are fourth-year classes that are available as electives to students. Practicum placements with schools throughout Saskatoon are well suited for those kinesiology students interested in pursuing a career in physical education.
This study route is intended for two groups of students: those who choose not to access the combined program, and those interested in pursuing a career as an elementary or middle years teacher. Students are required to complete a second teaching area in addition to physical education. Upon completion of the Kinesiology degree, students are required to complete the post-academic program in Education in order to receive a B.Ed. and the necessary teacher certification in the province of Saskatchewan. Admission to the post-academic program in Education is competitive.
- KIN 225: Introductory Exercise Physiology
An introductory course on the effects of physical activity on specific physiological systems. Specific emphasis will be placed on the basic aspects of skeletal muscle and neural physiology.
- KIN 320: Physical Growth and Development of Children
Deals with the physical changes that occur during the growth period in children. The implications of changes in structure and function as they relate to education, exercise and physical activity will be discussed. Topics include the relationship of growth to physiological function, strength and motor performance, exercise and growth, secular trends, variations in puberty and the assessment of growth by anthropometric techniques.
- KIN 451: Community Service Learning in a School Setting
Community Service Learning (CSL) combines working within the community with experience-based learning. This course will offer students an opportunity to plan, teach and learn in a community school setting. Students will work with teachers to promote healthy living through physical activity and nutrition activities. Students will be asked to share their experiences through discussion, journals and presentations.
Teaching (when combined with degree in Education)
- Classroom teacher in educational system (K to 12 or with adults)
- Physical Education and Health Education Consultant in educational system (K to 12 or with adults)
- Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum Designer
- Professional, Provincial, or National Sport Teams Coach or Scout Community Club Coach National Coaching
- Certification Program Instructor Sport Skills Instructor for all ages and abilities
- Disease Specific Agency Educator (e.g., Heart & Stroke Foundation)
- Wellness Programmer for Special Populations (e.g. Elderly)
- Lifestyle Educator (e.g., “ParticipACTION” Movement, smoking, weight management)
- Fund Raising
- Special Projects Coordinator
- Workers Compensation Lifestyle Educator
- Health Behavior Consultant
- Writer of Health Related Books and Articles
- Health Workshop Presenter
- Software Developer
- Outfitting and Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Health and Fitness Centres
Fitness facilities hire Certified Fitness Appraisers to instruct participants in the proper use of fitness equipment, instruct a variety of classes, teach proper training techniques and guidelines, give education/information seminars and offer counselling on healthy lifestyle behaviours such as nutrition, back care and injury prevention or rehabilitation. Fitness testing, stress testing, body fat measurements and individualized exercise prescriptions are often a part of such a position.
Corporate Fitness Centres
Wellness programs and employee assistance programs are becoming more popular and serve to benefit the physical and mental health of all employees, as well as increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. These programs provide physical and recreational activities at the workplace, as well as education about the components of a healthy lifestyle.
Physical Therapy Clinics
A clinic setting involves working with injured populations (eg. Motor vehicle injuries, Workers Compensation injuries) with the goal of returning the person to their pre-injury state. The team approach is often used with clients who are injured. Other health care professionals you will have direct contact with in a clinic include physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, and doctors.
Some graduates own and operate consulting businesses within the community where the individual hires out their services in the areas of research and administration, sporting goods or manufacture, and fitness consulting.
Hospitals and Special Care Homes
The value of physical activity in preventing chronic disease and improving overall health is being recognized by health districts in the province. In addition, most individuals benefit greatly from participation in a prescribed exercise program, even after they have had health problems. Recreation programming, therapies, health promotion, community health, and public health are only some of the areas in health care that employ Kinesiology graduates as a part of a team approach to wellness with other professions including nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and psychologists. The hospital setting provides the opportunity to work mainly with unhealthy or injured populations. Organizations aimed at serving the needs of handicapped or aging populations look to the recreation specialist for much of the program planning.
Exercise programs that are tailored for persons with chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung disease) or a physical disability or impairment hire exercise ’specialists’ to work with their particular clientele.
Professional, semi-professional and college athletic teams often require the services of an athletic therapist. The main responsibilities of the athletic therapist include preventing injury through training and rehabilitation of those injuries that do occur. In some instances, these individuals also provide managerial services for the team.
Health Promotion and Research
Physical activity is a determinant for health, and the number of public awareness campaigns and research studies about the benefits of physical activity are becoming more prevalent.
Job Titles in Fitness/Wellness
- Activity Coordinator
- Exercise Therapist
- Exercise Specialist
- Fitness Consultant or Personal Trainer
- Fitness Leader for healthy or special populations
- Recreation Therapist
- Special Population Adaptive Specialist and Designer
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Also known as a Certified Kinesiologist.
- May work in areas such as: exercise rehabilitation and assessment, functional rehabilitation and assessment, disability management, ergonomic assessments and consulting, health and wellness promotion.
- Job duties may include: performing functional assessments, functional conditioning prescriptions, return to work planning, job site visits or evaluations, along with the duties of an exercise therapist.
- Need a degree in Kinesiology, or other related area (biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, anatomy, psychomotor behaviour).
- Exercise Rehabilitation and Assessment
- Work as a team with other health care professionals such as physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, dieticians, etc.
- Job duties may include: fitness assessments, exercise prescription and health education.
- Work predominantly with unhealthy and injured populations
- Find jobs in hospitals, physical therapy clinics, senior or special care homes
- It is highly recommended that an individual is certified as a Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant (PFLC), especially to work in Saskatchewan.
- Work for insurance companies, disability management companies, workers compensation boards.
- Job duties may include: return to work conditioning, workplace or home ergonomic assessments, functional capacity evaluations, case management.
- Work for universities, physical therapy clinics, sports rehabilitation centers, fitness assessment centers.
- Job duties may include: biomechanical evaluation of movement, movement specific/muscle specific exercise prescription and/or exercise program, planning/periodization, evaluation of sport-specific athletic components such as power, speed, agility, coordination, etc.
HEALTH AND FITNESS COORDINATION
- Work in fitness centers to coordinate all aspects of health and fitness.
- A degree in Kinesiology or other related area is highly recommended.
- Job duties may include: Supervision of day-to-day operations of the facility (staffing, scheduling, equipment maintenance, marketing to specific groups, assessing the needs of users), management of fitness classes (staffing, scheduling, ensuring program is keeping up with industry trends, providing a diversity of classes for all populations), general testing and corporate fitness (providing fitness assessments and consultations, personal training services, developing corporate testing and training services depending on the company and their interests)
Resorts, Municipal Parks and Outdoor Recreation
- Facility Manager (e.g., swimming pool, rink)
- Community Development Coordinator
- Special Event Coordinator
- Fitness Programmer
- Youth Program Coordinator (e.g. sport camps, leagues)
- Program Coordinator for Individuals with Disabilities
Provincial and Federal Governments
- Sport Consultant
- Recreational, Leisure, and Sport Facility Designer
- Program Evaluation Consultant
- Sport Governing Body Professional
- International and National Games Professional
- National Coaching Certification Program Professional
Youth Service Agencies
- YMCA/YWCA Youth Program Manager
- Recreation Manager with Youth Correction Agencies
- Church Sponsored Program Coordinator
- Health Agency Sponsored Program Coordinator (e.g., Jump Rope for Heart)
- Senior Citizen Home Recreation Coordinator
- Prison Recreation Program Coordinator
- Campus Recreation Coordinator
- Work Place Fitness Programmer
- Work Place Recreation Programmer
- Fitness Centre Manager
- Sport Club Manager (e.g., golf, racquetball)
- Hotel and Tourism Recreation Manager
- Ecotourism and Outdoor Recreation Leader/Manager
- Sport Marketing Director
- Team Manager
- Event Manager