The physical and health education programs, along with the developmental/adapted physical education (DAPE) and the coaching certification program, make up the KinTeach graduate program. This program includes both initial and additional licensure programs for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers. These graduate-level programs provide rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers and the Content Standards adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. KinTeach students enter a 12-15 month program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. An extended student teaching experience in local districts creates a strong experiential base on which to apply the principles and methods learned in University classes. An important advantage of this program is its cohort nature. Students are accepted into the program as a single cohort each year, beginning classes in June and continuing through June, July, or August of the following year (depending on individual course loads throughout the year). Throughout their student teaching, pre-service teachers work closely with experienced teachers, observing firsthand the daily rewards and challenges of the profession. After completing a total of 30 semester credits that can be applied to the M.Ed. degree, students are awarded the M.Ed. degree in applied kinesiology. The KinTeach program has a reputation of excellence and is respected by our many local districts that host our student teachers. The rigorous nature of the program consistently graduates teachers who are adaptive thinkers and who are prepared to face the challenges of all populations in our schools.
"Our societal struggle with obesity is a very complicated problem to solve--one that is not as simple as eating less and exercising more," said Matt Vollum, KinTeach Program Coordinator. "There are varied subjects that are involved in aiding our obesity problem, including physiology, nutrition, psychology, sociology, family, environment and community. Our graduates seek out positions where they can have an impact on all of these areas, thus making a strong impact on our youth."