Athletic Training – Higher Education

The Athletic Training Higher Education option is designed to prepare certified athletic trainers for a variety of teaching and leadership roles in higher education. The curriculum facilitates the development of teaching skills and techniques, as well as technology assisted instruction.

As a student in the athletic training master’s degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a research project that is faculty supervised (directed research) or student-driven (thesis). You’ll conduct research at Plymouth State’s Human Movement and Active Living Laboratory. The Human Movement Laboratory serves as a working laboratory for students and faculty engaged in educational and research activities generated by the graduate athletic training program as well as projects directed by the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities.

Program of Study

  • Master’s Core Component – 12 credits
  • 3
    This course is designed to develop skills in research design, as well as to enhance the student's understanding of literature searching, reading, and synthesizing of information in health science. In this course, students will conduct a review of literature to explore potential research topics. Students will develop a research question in preparation for their research experience.
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  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • 3
    This course is designed to be a continuation of Research Design in Health Sciences and will further develop skills in statistical design and research procedures. This course will outline the procedures for piloting and collecting data, and will provide guidelines for writing results, discussion and the development of a paper acceptable for submission for publication.
  • 6
    Students select a topic for study in consultation with their program advisor and related faculty. A time line, thesis proposal and defense are outlined. Two copies of the thesis must be submitted to Lamson Library; bound copies are presented to the thesis committee. Students will be required to enroll in AT 5950 Thesis every term until thesis is complete. Repeatable. P/NP
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  • 6
    This course will give students valuable experience in research design, data collection and/or analysis by playing an integral role in a faculty sponsored research project. Repeatable.
  • Higher Education Component – 15 credits
  • 3
    This course builds on adult learning theory and examines the role of the instructor as the facilitator of learning. Major focus is on incorporating strategies for encouraging active learning, collaboration, self-directed learning, and self assessment by learners into a variety of learning situations. Class participants will be involved in demonstrating teaching methodologies and receiving feedback from group members.
  • 3
    This course addresses a broad spectrum of program development ranging from an individual course to a complete program of major learning activities conducted over a period of time. Participants will design programs based on their own special interests, for example, adult higher education, business and industry training, adult basic education, etc. Major emphasis will also be placed on designing program evaluations tailored to meet specified goals.
  • 3
    The emphasis throughout this course is on the practical application of appraisal techniques in education. Critical concepts related to assessment and the integration of assessment into teaching and learning include: the role of assessment in teaching, how validity is determined, factors influencing reliability, avoiding stereotypes, understanding and using numerical data, using standardized assessment to improve instruction, and ideas and strategies for mining and reporting assessment data.
  • 3
    This course introduces the advanced higher education athletic training student to classroom teaching methodologies in a CAATE accredited athletic training education program. Students will learn about and apply skills in didactic as well as practical settings under the guidance of assigned classroom instructors. This is an introductory level course in the fundamentals of classroom instruction.
  • 3
    This course is designed for the advanced higher education athletic training student to develop and refine teaching methodologies in CAATE accredited athletic training education program. Students will learn about and apply skills in didactic as well as practical settings under the guidance of assigned classroom instructors. This is an advanced level course in the fundamentals of classroom instruction.
    • Elective Component – Choose 6 credits from the following:
  • 3
    Students will learn and apply the instructional knowledge base on how to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive conditioning programs based on the Burdenko Conditioning method. This method identifies the principles for, and the relationship between, water and land exercises. Students will learn how to use water as a modality to develop the qualities of flexibility, balance, endurance, strength, speed, and coordination.
  • 3
    The Part I (level 1, 2, 3) core program introduces the student to the philosophy of the Burdenko Method both on land and in water. Techniques are introduced that exemplify, Illustrate, and expand upon that philosophy. This learning phase is accomplished through written material, demonstrations and active participation. Active practice occurs both in large groups and pairs, under the supervision of the instructor. The student is then asked to teach that sequence to his or her partner and the instructor. The student will then receive feedback from the partner and the instructor. It is expected that the student will prepare for the practical and written exams. Prerequisite: anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology coursework.
  • 1-6
    Practicum in Athletic Training is designed to provide the graduate student in Athletic Training a variety of opportunities to expand their knowledge of the profession. The practicum coordination, content and requirements are determined by the student's advisor. Repeatable.
  • 3
  • 3
    An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern in Athletic Training. The course will be taught by a specialist in the field related to the topic. May be repeated with a different topic.
  • 3
  • 1-6
    This course is designed to provide enrichment to the background of students in athletic training through the pursuit of a special topic pertinent to their interest and abilities. This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of a problem in the field of athletic training. The consent of a faculty supervisor is required.
  • Total for MS in Athletic Training, Higher Education Concentration – 33 credits

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Applications must be received by January 15 annually to be considered for admission. Certified athletic trainers are eligible to apply for one of four graduate assistantships on an annual basis and applications must be submitted annually by January 15. Additional admissions requirements apply to the MS in Athletic Training, Higher Education concentration, including one year of experience as a BOC-certified athletic trainer (preferred) and current CPR/AED certification. All applicants must be in good standing within BOC and NATA, as well as fulfill requirements for state licensure.

To begin planning your program, contact:

Marjorie King, (603) 535-3108 or e-mail: making1@plymouth.edu

 

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