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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


This study compared the physical education curricula for undergraduate, male physical education majors at colleges and universities in North Dakota with the curriculum recommended by the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Professional Preparation Conference in 1962. The schools studied were Dickinson State College, Mayville State College, Minot State College, North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, and Valley City State College.

The latest catalogues from the schools were surveyed to determine whether an institution offered a specific course or experience, defined as a minimum of ten regular class sessions, in each of the 51 categories recommended by the Professional Preparation Conference. The survey was verified by the physical education department chairman of each institution.

The results indicated that: 1. None of the schools offered the entire recommended curriculum. 2. Only 3 of the 51 recommended categories were required at all of the schools. 3. Four of the 51 recommended categories were not offered in any of the schools. 4. Student teaching was offered and required in all of the schools. It was concluded that the actual training a student received was different in each of the schools.