Program Updates

We offer three bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees to approximately 600 students in KNPE. Here are some quick updates on our degree programs.

Several members of our Athletic Trainers’  Student Association volunteered their services in October at the Chicago Marathon.
Several members of our Athletic Trainers’ Student Association volunteered their services in October at the Chicago Marathon.

Athletic Training (B.S.)

  • Two athletic training students were awarded prestigious scholarships for their work over the 2016-2017 academic year. Dong Jae “David” Park received two awards, one from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation (NATAREF) and the other from the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA). Brian “Nick” Stief was awarded the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Athletic Training Student Scholarship. He was nominated by Phil Voorhis, assistant athletic director for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, and was one of two students to earn the award across all the MAC schools that sponsor an athletic training program.
  • Our AT program is partnering with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute again this year to offer a series of free continuing education opportunities for athletic trainers and other health care professionals focusing on musculoskeletal injury and disease. The sessions are held every Friday morning and are approved by the Board of Certification for 1.5 continuing education credits.
  • The Master of Science in Athletic Training program was approved the Illinois State Board of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The athletic training program will accept the last cohort of undergraduate students in the spring of 2018, and our new master’s program will launch in 2019.

Kinesiology (B.S.)

  • With three new professors in the Kinesiology program, our faculty group is examining offering new courses and revising several existing courses. We are also leveraging relationships with campus and community partnerships to strengthen the program.
  • Instructor David Benner and advisor Tony Calderala are working with students to revitalize the Exercise Science Club, including participation in the operations of an obstacle course race in the region this winter.
Zach Wahl-Alexander
Zach Wahl-Alexander

Physical Education (B.S.Ed.)

  • Our Physical Education program continues to be one of the strongest in the state. Every one of our graduates last spring successfully obtained a job upon graduation, and our students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the edTPA assessment this year.
  • The PETE program provides a strong range of clinical experiences in DeKalb CUSD 428, including the Early Learning Development Center; facilitating structured recess at Brooks Elementary; teaching at Jefferson Elementary during early practicum; and Huntley Middle School, Clinton Rosette Middle School, and DeKalb High School during secondary practicum.
  • Dr. Zach Wahl-Alexander was recently named to NIU’s Principal Investigator (PI) Academy external mentorship program for this year, which is a program recognizing top young faculty on campus who have the potential to position themselves for pursuing national and international research grants. This is the third consecutive year a KNPE faculty member has been named to the program.

Graduate Programs
Kinesiology and Physical Education (M.S.Ed.) and Sport Management (M.S.)

  • Eight KNPE faculty and 13 graduate students presented recently at the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our group’s research covered several topics across exercise physiology, biomechanics and sport performance.
  • Sport Management faculty members Steve Howell, Chad McEvoy and Claire Schaeperkoetter, and current graduate student Addison Pond, attended and presented three research studies at the Sport Marketing Association Annual Conference in Boston. Additionally, at the conclusion of the conference, McEvoy completed his three-year term as president of the organization.
  • KNPE has established a community partnership with the Sycamore Park District. This outreach partnership currently funds a graduate assistantship position for a graduate student within KNPE and will foster a number of student-based, experiential learning opportunities for student, as well as others enrolled in KNPE’s graduate programs.
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