Movement Science Degree (B.S), Adventure Education Concentration

Overview

Adventure Education administers an experiential curriculum to provide an outdoor education degree for traditional and alternative teaching methods both in the classroom and in the field. This meets the needs of the student’s technical and theoretical foundation of becoming a professional in the field of outdoor adventure leadership.

Topics Covered

  • Leisure Theory and Value 
  • Wilderness Ethics 
  • Principles of Survival 
  • Camping and Backpacking Concepts

Program Highlights 

Participation in activities such as Kayaking, Ski Touring and Snowshoeing, Bicycling, Camping, Orienteering, and Rock Climbing, among others (student choice)! 

Additionally, students are required to complete an Internship (6 credits) during their senior year. 

Outcomes

Preparation for careers in outdoor education, recreation and those tied to the leisure industry (lead field and adventure trips). 

  • 120

    credits

  • Experiential

    Curriculum

  • Camp

    in the Berkshires

Requirements

Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 27 Credits

All majors in the department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete the twenty-seven (27) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

Major Core Classes

Note:

In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

Adventure Education Concentration

Adventure Education administers an experiential curriculum of traditional and alternative teaching methods both in the classroom and in the field that meets the needs of the individual student's technical and theoretical foundation of becoming a professional in the field of outdoor adventure leadership. This concentration prepares students for careers in outdoor education and to lead field trips and adventure trips within the leisure industry.

Required Course List:

One of the following:

One of the following:

As well as three activities’ courses from the following list: 3-5 Credits

Also required is:

Note:

In consultation with advisor, students may want to pursue a minor in Biology, Business, or Environmental Science.

Professional Development Procedures

In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing

Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
  • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
  • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
  • OR
  • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
  • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid/CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/or scores for the Communcation (reading) and Literacy (writing) portion of the MTEL tests. Keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program. Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards. Student progress towards meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher cadidacy. Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
  • Five (5) samples of best written work
  • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Still have questions?

Program Director:
Dr. Kevin Tatsugawa
ktatsugawa@westfield.ma.edu  

Department Chair:
Dr. Holly Noun 
hnoun@westfield.ma.edu