Redefining the Classroom


The Mission of the School of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science is to:

  • Provide a quality integrated approach to undergraduate education for all majors, facilitating the opportunity to secure challenging careers as professionals
  • To produce leaders in recreation, park, exercise science, athletic training, and leisure service professions
  • To instill a desire to continue ones education through advanced degrees

This approach encompasses academic rigor in the classroom, curriculums that provide sound education foundations and further engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and development of leadership skills.

Academic preparation is then enhanced with required practical experience throughout the undergraduate experience, opportunities for student research, preparation for certification exams, professional organization membership, development of student portfolios, a capstone semester internship placement, and select tracts in preparation for graduate school.

Specific Mission Outcomes for All Majors

All graduates in the School of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science will:

  • Be taught, advised and mentored by full time faculty in the school who challenge majors, revise curriculum based on professional needs, and focus on producing graduates that adhere and promote high standards in their chosen profession
  • Attain and demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving leadership and decision making skills through graded required  projects relevant to current professional practice
  • Complete a minimum of 700 hours supervised practical/internship experience prior to graduation
  • Understand research components and complete an undergraduate research project their senior year
  • Be prepared to pass recommended certifications based on developed professional skills within their  program of study
  • Complete a professional portfolio for graduation showcasing undergraduate accomplishments to utilize in the job search
  • Be individually mentored when selecting a graduate school tract

Specific Learning Outcomes for Undergraduates and Graduates in each Major

Athletic Training

Specific learning outcomes for the Lake Superior State University Athletic Training Education Program (LSSU-ATEP) are dictated by the Athletic Training Educational Competencies 4th Edition, Copyright 2006 by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association Education Council has identified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies necessary for “effective performance as an entry-level certified athletic trainer”

These competencies are required for curriculum development and education of students enrolled in accredited entry-level athletic training educational programs. These competencies and proficiencies are divided into twelve different domains:

  • Risk Management and Injury Prevention
  • Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Orthopedic Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Medical Conditions and Disabilities
  • Acute Care of Injuries and illnesses
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Conditioning and Rehabilitative Exercise
  • Pharmacology
  • Psycho-social Intervention and Referral
  • Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Health Care Administration a Professional Development and Responsibility

Each domain has objectives that would fall under one of the three different descriptors.

  • Cognitive Competencies- refer to didactic information and basic understanding of theories and principles as they relate to the respective domain
  • Psychomotor Competencies-refer to psychomotor skills that re essential for an entry-level athletic trainer to possess. Students must be able to demonstrate their mastery of the psychomotor skills before being permitted to sit for the Board of Certification Examination
  • Clinical Proficiencies-students must demonstrate their skills in a clinical setting under the supervision of the clinical instructor

The LSSU-ATEP has completed a “Competency Matrix” that addresses in which course each of the Cognitive, Psychomotor and Clinical competencies are taught and evaluated.

The LSSU-ATEP also utilizes Dr. Ken Knight’s Assessing Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training, to keep a record of the psychomotor skills mastered by the athletic training student.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science graduate applies knowledge of cardiac rehabilitation, exercise based research, exercise testing and prescription and development of health and fitness programs to prevent disease and disability and improve physical performance”

Lake Superior State University graduates in the Exercise Science program:

  • Will have developed the ability to communicate effectively through discussion, written work, and oral presentations
  • Will understand the fundamental knowledge of professionalism, ethical behavior and person responsibility in the field of Exercise Science
  • Will display high levels of commitment and reliability and be prepared for leadership positions in the profession of Exercise Science
  • Will have conducted fitness and health testing on a variety of populations, both healthy and unhealthy, and created personalized exercise programs for these populations
  • Will exhibit the requisite knowledge and skills to work in public, private and corporate settings
  • Will be prepared to sit for national certification form the national Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Will be prepared for employment opportunities in the field of Exercise Science including cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, personal training, exercise physiology, corporate fitness, worksite wellness and research.
  • Will have completed an undergraduate research component that develops their ability to assess, analyze, evaluate and predict from observation and sound data collection
  • Will have exhibited administrative effectiveness, information management skills and leadership capacity in the field of Exercise Science
  • Will have acquired the necessary skills to utilize technology employed in the Exercise Science profession
  • Will possess a minimum of 500 hours of career related practical experience in Exercise Science through the completion of practicum, apprentice leadership and internship requirements

Parks and Recreation

     Specific Learning Outcomes for Parks and Recreation graduates upon completion of their degree requirements include:

  • Be able to identify and discuss basic management policies affiliated with the primary federal land management agencies
  • Be competent with utilizing GIS and GPS technology
  • Be familiar with management strategies for the ecological health of soils, forests and watersheds
  • Have developed a recreational use, land management plan for an existing undeveloped landmass
  • Have completed an original research study, written a senior research thesis and presented a poster session
  • Be able to enter data and provide a statistical analysis and develop graphs and charts using SPSS
  • Have developed and extensive recreation plan for a community and/or facility

Sport and Recreation Management

The Sport and Recreation Management Graduate applies knowledge and understanding of leisure behavior to create an environment that facilitates leisure experiences. The Sport and Recreation Management professional manages facilities, parks, programs, services, and human resources in public, non-profit and commercial setting. The Sport and Recreation Management graduate displays leadership in all aspects of the profession.

Lake Superior State University graduates in the Sport and Recreation Management Program:

  • Will be competent in written, verbal, and technological communication as evaluated through required papers, case studies, proposal presentations, administrative projects and critical thinking assignments.
  • Will be prepared for entry level positions that require general administration, programming, and operations management knowledge and skills.  These tasks have been assessed and qualified as necessities by the national job analysis and an expert committee representing NRPA professionals.
  • Will have created programming and administrative projects reflecting cumulative knowledge of planning processes through class work and practical application that become part of their undergraduate professional portfolio.
  • Will have completed an undergraduate research component understanding the procedures for developing, implementing, and reporting and assessing data in respect to professional need.
  • Will exhibit knowledge and skills applicable to public, private and commercial recreation/leisure settings through an integrated academic curriculum.
  • Will possess a minimum of 700 hours career related practical experience in recreation/leisure through the completion of practicum, apprentice leadership, and internship requirements.
  • Will possess critical thinking and decision making skills required of sport and recreation management professionals.
  • Will have tested knowledge of and practical application in planning, budgeting, financing, supervision, policy formulation, customer service, risk management, marketing, legal concepts, facility management, event management and human resources.
  • Will have the opportunity to complete one or more minors that complement their individual career focus (marketing, gerontology)
  • Will be prepared upon graduation to sit for the NRPA national certification exam for Certified Park and Recreation Professionals.