Oct 26, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness

Christy Killman, Chairperson and Departmental Graduate Coordinator/Advisor


Departmental Graduate Faculty: Christy Killman, Ajit Korgaokar, David Mann, Anthony Mortara, Greg Palevo, Michael Phillips, Jessica Richards, LaNise Rosemond, Scott Smith, and Lisa Witherspoon


Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness Website

Departmental Overview

The department offers an online Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education & Wellness, with areas of concentration in elementary/middle school physical education, fitness and lifetime wellness, adapted physical education, and sport management.  Additionally, candidates may choose to take 20 directed hours in conjunction with the elementary/middle school concentration in pursuit of a Tennessee teaching license in k-12 physical education and health.  The elementary/middle school concentration and the teacher licensure program are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  Field experience, internships and practicum work can be performed at the student’s location and monitored through the online platform.  Candidates complete comprehensive exams online through the required Tk20 student account, eliminating the need for any Master of Arts student to ever have to come to campus.

The following are brief descriptions of each of the concentrations:

  • Adapted Physical Education - Typically, this concentration provides current practitioners with coursework, theory and practice to effectively lead physical education programs for individuals with special needs.
  • Elementary and Middle School Physical Education - This concentration is designed for students who have a current Tennessee teaching license who either want to enhance their pedagogical knowledge and/or gain background knowledge in physical education in preparation to sit for the physical education PRAXIS exam in seeking the physical education endorsement on the Tennessee teaching license.
  • Fitness and Lifetime Wellness - Students who are interested in health, wellness and/or performance aspects of physical activity and training will be interested in this concentration.  The main focus is on practical application rather than clinical rehabilitation.
  • Sport Management - Anyone wanting to work as an administrator in various positions within the sports industry will be interested in this concentration.
  • Teacher Licensure Option - Students who wish to pursue obtaining an initial Tennessee teaching license in physical education and health will declare elementary and middle school physical education in the Master of Arts program but must also consult with the Office of Teacher Education for admission to the teacher education program and addition 20 hours of directed coursework.  Any candidate wanting to pursue the teaching license must communicate directly with the Office of Teacher Education during the first semester as a Master of Arts student to be on track for timely completion of the teacher licensure option.

Curriculum & Instruction Ed.S.

Exercise Science Concentration
A Flexible Online Program

To find out more, visit the C&I Ed.S. webpage:  

Exceptional Learning Ph.D.

Health Behaviors & Wellness Education (HBWE)

  • This concentration offers cutting-edge, hands-on experiential courses along with related pedagogical methods and theory.
  • HBWE research courses supply additional opportunities to research and address discipline-specific concerns.
  • The comprehensive and novel design supplies students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed professionally and lead change in health sciences and wellness disciplines.
  • Graduate assistantships available. 

Departmental Admission Requirements for Onlne Master of Arts

Applicants are expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program.  There are no restrictions on undergraduate programs of study.  Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following and will be evaluated by the graduate faculty in the department:

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for provisional admission and a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA for full standing;
  2. Waive entrance exam with undergraduate GPA of 3.75 of higher;
  3. Waive entrance exam for students who have a passing score on edTPA and minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA;
  4. Minimum MAT score of 370 for provisional and 380 for full standing or GRE general test (GRE):Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above on Analytical Writing.OR Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above on Analytical Writing;
  5. Minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation from someone who can address scholarly aptitude;
  6. All undergraduate transcripts;
  7. Candidate provide a writing sample from an undergraduate 4000 level class or complete a writing prompt (defined and provided by the department);
  8. Letter of Intent outlining the purpose and proposed outcomes of being in the program;
  9. Participation in face-to-face or distance interview if required.

Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criteria, the department will either recommend admission to full standing, provisional standing, or deny admission.  Standing status may be changed to Full standing after the student satisfies requirements specified by the department at the time of admission or upon departmental review.

BA/MA Fast Track Program

The Fast Track program is designed to enable TTU College of Education undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework, to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, while still pursuing their undergraduate degree.  The coursework would enable an efficient graduate program transition with the potential for accelerated completion.  The courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University.

The minimum admissions requirements for participating in the Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness program Fast Track Program are:

  • Enrolled in Tennessee Tech as an undergraduate Exercise Science major with at least 90 hours of completed courses within their program of study,
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or better,
  • Recommendation from the undergraduate advisor, and
  • Approval by departmental coordinator of graduate studies.

Fast Track program participants should consult with the undergraduate and graduate advisors regarding enrollment in the appropriate courses and must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the identified courses to apply them to their MA program of study.

Courses to be included in the Fast Track program include:

Dual listed courses:

EXPW 4520/5520    Adapted Physical Education and Sport

EXPW 4730/5730    Assessment in Exercise Science

EXPW 4440/5440    Exercise Physiology

EXPW 4042/5042    Health Promotion

(Courses listed at the 5000 level will include additional graduate coursework and a culminating project in each course.)

Graduate courses:

EXPW 6140    Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education

EXPW 6240    Assessment in Sport, Physical Education and Wellness

EXPW 6440    Physiology of Exercise

EXPW 6042    Health Promotions


In addition to requirements for admission to the Fast Track BS/MA program, all requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies must also be met upon graduation.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


Master of Arts