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The Department of Kinesiology supports the Missouri Southern State University mission to offer a liberal arts baccalaureate program that fosters the total education of each student. The department emphasizes quality teaching and academic advising, while promoting dedicated community and university service. The curriculum prepares future professionals to be successful at promoting healthy, active lifestyles in a global society.

The Kinesiology Department offers two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), major in Physical Education K-12 Health and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Health Promotion and Wellness.

Candidates in the Department of Kinesiology are strongly encouraged to become involved with professional clubs and organizations at the departmental, state and national levels. The Department’s programs of study reflect guidelines from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Red Cross and requirements from the School of Education at Missouri Southern State University. Students studying in the Department of Kinesiology must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all required courses with a “Kine”, “Educ” or “PSY” prefix.

Graduates in this major will be prepared to promote life-style strategies to prevent illness and improve quality of life. Students seeking the health promotion and wellness degree must choose a clinical or non-clinical track and will actively participate in an internship experience in their final semester.

Students who desire certification as a teacher of physical education will become qualified at both the elementary and secondary level (K-12).

Kinesiology Department

Teacher Education Department

School of Education

Dr, Jean M. Hobbs
Department Head, Department of Kinesiology
Young Gymnasium 215
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9745