School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree
The School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies (HMSLS) shares the University vision to be the premier learning community in Ohio and one of the best in the nation. In concert with the College of Education and Human Development, we are dedicated to fostering a dynamic community of lifelong learners and leaders. The School is committed to the creation, enhancement, and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of kinesiology, sport, leisure and tourism studies. As agents of change, we strive to fulfill this commitment through exemplary scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service. In this pursuit, we encourage academic excellence, the integration of academic disciplines, and the quest for social justice based on knowledge and appreciation of human diversity.
Purpose of Graduate Education
The HMSLS Master’s Program is predicated on the belief that graduate study involves mastering levels of complexity and generalization that extend the knowledge and intellectual maturity of accomplished baccalaureate degree holders. Moreover, graduate study occurs in the company of students interested in and capable of analyzing, exploring, questioning, reconsidering, and synthesizing old and new knowledge and skills and therefore, graduate education is much more than the passing of a particular number of courses and the fulfillment of certain minimum requirements. Students should consider themselves co-workers with other students, scholars, and professors in cooperative intellectual endeavors.
The Graduate Program in HMSL
The graduate program has three specializations – Kinesiology, Leisure and Tourism, and Sport Administration. All three require slightly different combinations of core and specialization requirements, and additional courses in order to graduate. In addition students have to decide whether they wish their culminating experience to be Plan I - Master’s Thesis; or Plan II - Master’s Project. The decision about which Plan you decide is made in conjunction with your advisor and normally is decided after 15 credit hours of study.
Learning Outcomes For The M.Ed in HMSLS Program
At the completion of the master’s degree in the Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies program, students will have mastered the following program learning outcomes:
1. Analyze, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate the literature appropriate to her/his area of study (through thesis defense or poster presentation).
2. Integrate learning from courses taken in his/her area of study.
3. Write clearly, demonstrating grammatical precision and avoiding unnecessary area of study jargon.
4. Speak clearly at a level appropriate for the listeners.
5. Articulate reasoned beliefs in a civil manner.
6. Demonstrate competence in those skills required of his/her area of study.
7. Provide leadership appropriate to her/his area of study.
8. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to interact with a diverse, multicultural, and global society.
HMSL Core Credit Requirements
All graduate students in the School of HMSLS are required to take HMSL core courses in:
HMSL - 6530, Research Methods in HMSL (3).
Either HMSL 6510 - Interpretation of Quantitative Research in HMSL (2)
or HMSL 6540- Interpretation of Qualitative Research in HMSL (2)
All students are also required to declare for one of two culminating plans either
Plan I: HMSL 6990 Master’s Thesis in HMSL
Plan II: HMSL 6910 Master’s Project in HMSL
HMSL Variable Credit Courses as Additional courses
In addition to the HMSL core courses the HMSL Graduate Program offers independent study courses known as Variable Credit and Variable Title courses. These are most commonly developed with your advisor on a specific topic of interest. Students can register for up to a maximum of 3 credit hours of variable credits per semester if less than 30 credit hours have been completed towards the degree. The following variable credit classes are available:
HMSL 6820 - Topics in HMSLS (1-3)
HMSL 6840 - Directed Readings in HMSLS (1-2)
HMSL 6860 - Independent Study in HMSLS (1-2)
HMSL 6880 - Internship, Field Placement, or Practicum in HMSLS (1-3)
HMSL 6900 - Directed Research in HMSL
HMSL 6920 - Research Group in HMSLS (1-3)
HMSL 6960 - Supervised Practicum in HMSLS (1-3)