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Application Window for HSES Department Professional Programs to Open on December 1, For Fall 2015

October 29, 2014

As the Fall 2014 semester continues, hundreds of pre-education students at the University of Kansas turn their focus to another quickly approaching window of opportunity – the beginning of the application process for the Health and Physical Education, Athletic Training, Community Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management majors. The formal application to these professional programs offered through the KU School of Education Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES) begins on December 1, 2014 and ends on February 3, 2015. The review of applicants will be completed quickly so that admission notifications can be sent to students by the middle of March 2015. Students who are admitted to the program will begin their coursework in Fall 2015.

“One of our main responsibilities in the Pre-Education Advising Center is to provide our students the information they need to make an informed decision on which program will serve their post-graduation plans the best. Once they’ve decided that, the application process is the next important step,” said Michele Casavant, Director of the KU School of Education Pre-Education Advising Center. “Each major within HSES can offer students a variety of post-graduation options – some of which might not always be first that come to mind for parents and others in our students’ lives.”

Education students majoring in Community Health will learn both the methods and materials of health education and gain the skills necessary to enter the field of health and wellness upon graduation. The post-graduation opportunities with a Community Health major include corporate wellness centers, non-profit organizations, community outreach positions, clinic-based service roles, county, state, and federal health departments, and more.

The Athletic Training (AT) program at KU is a competitive, three-year program that prepares students for a career as an allied-health professional and prepares them for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination, which is the examination leading to certification and the credential of a certified athletic trainer.

“Our AT program provides students with simultaneous didactic instruction and clinical field experiences throughout the program. This allows for the practical application of skills, classroom material, and theory, while the students are at their clinical sites. Our selection process allows us to select the very best candidates that can support the level of responsibility required to work with our network of preceptors and clinical instructors, as well as the patients and athletes at their clinical sites” said Dr. Phil Vardiman, AT program coordinator.

For those pre-education students who wish to pursue teaching licensure in health and physical education, the specific requirements for the application process will vary slightly.  Students who apply to the Exercise Science and Sport Management programs have two opportunities to do so; they may apply during this application round to begin their program in the following fall or in the summer application window for the following spring semester. All pre-education students applying to the HSES program(s) are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor before enrolling for classes.

Dr. Susan King currently serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the HSES Department and program director for the Health and Physical Education teacher licensure program.  “The application season for HSES professional programs is a busy time of year for our team. Many of our programs are competitive and the review of applicants is conducted with great care. We are looking for students with strong academic records, professional attitudes, and a desire to positively impact the health of students, athletes and community members,” said King.

Pre-education students who intend to apply to the Teacher Education, Sport Management, or Exercise Science professional programs will be invited to do so during Summer 2015. 

The KU School of Education uses the same online CollegeNet application system that the University of Kansas uses for incoming freshman.  For additional questions on the application or undergraduate admission process, please contact Tiffany Edmonds at

The KU School of Education Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences (HSES) is housed in Robinson Center on the Lawrence Campus, and offers the following undergraduate professional programs: Community Health, Exercise Science, Sport Management, Health & Physical Education, and Athletic Training.  For more program information, please contact the KU School of Education Advising Center at

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