Katie Bouley, Assistant Professor
Alexandria Evans, Assistant Professor
Gregory Ledoux, Assistant Professor
Zane Pfeffrle, Assistant Professor
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science:
Health Fitness - Strength and Conditioning
*CPT, HFS (ACSM)
*CPT, CSCS (NSCA)
Pre-professional Physical Therapy (PT, OT, PA)
Pre-professional Athletic Training
Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership
Minors: Athletic Coaching Education, Exercise Science
Program Mission Statement
The degree program in exercise science combines fundamental interdisciplinary study in the natural sciences and liberal arts with extensive laboratory, experiential and professional internship practices. The mission of the department is to provide exceptional academic and professional preparation for careers in physical education, sport leadership/management, and exercise science. Emphasis is placed upon the development of academic, practical, and critical skills needed for lifelong learning as advocates of health promotion and disease prevention.
Students completing undergraduate studies in the department of exercise science will emerge with the following outcomes:
- a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences
- an understanding of the behavior of the human organism in causing, controlling and responding to movement
- a variety of career or post-secondary educational opportunities in physical education and exercise science
- the technological and practical skills to access and read scholarly materials in physical education and exercise science
- a demonstration of independent research
Career tracks in exercise science offer strong experiential components via laboratory, practicum, and internship experience. The effectiveness of the departmental and program preparation and the objectives of completed internships are evaluated by faculty, student and internship supervisor.
A college internship manual (pre-professional) outlines specific and detailed policies, procedures, and objectives for the student, the internship site coordinator, and the experience. An appendix of this manual includes documentation for the intern to self-evaluate and for the internship site coordinator to evaluate the readiness and professional preparation of the student intern for future professional experience.
The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program integrates a wide variety of assessment methods compatible with the Vermont State Department of Education teacher licensure regulations. Teacher education students are required, as a capstone experience, to present their licensure portfolio to a panel of professionals after completing student teaching.
Program of Study
Bachelor degrees in physical education, exercise science, and sport leadership/management consist of a core of primary courses which all students in the department must complete. Career tracks allow students to select an area of concentration. The core provides a solid foundation of knowledge in the natural and exercise sciences while career track concentrations promote professional or personal career goals.
The Department of Exercise Science holds national distinction as the 24th institution in the country to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (2009-present) in coordination with the American College of Sports Medicine, and is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program (2005-present). Lyndon is one of very few institutions in the country to be both CAAHEP Accredited and NSCA Recognized.
Health Fitness/Strength and Conditioning Concentration: Students prepare for careers/national examinations such as American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and/or graduate study.
Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Concentration: Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to a Physical Therapy graduate program of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in approximately 3 additional years of study, and licensure. This concentration is in conjunction with Pre-Professional Occupational Therapy and Pre-Professional Physician’s Assistant: Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to a graduate school of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue a Master’s degree in approximately 2 additional years of study, and licensure.
Pre-Professional Athletic Training Concentration: Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to an Athletic Training graduate school of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue a Master’s degree in approximately 2 additional years of study, and certification (ATC).
The unique self-designed concentration requires a minimum of 25 credits of course work with a coherent and rigorous focus. The self-designed program must be proposed to and approved by the Department of Exercise Science.
It is important to note that graduate programs are high competitive and obtaining an applicable undergraduate degree does not guarantee acceptance.
Exercise Science (XSC) concentration courses can only be transferred from other CAAHEP accredited Exercise Science programs (with matching course descriptions and credit load).
The PETE degree program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, and graduates gain a teaching license recognized in 50 states. All students must comply with the current State of Vermont regulations regarding Praxis I and II testing for licensure. Praxis I and II results must be on file at the college prior to November 1st for registering for Student Teaching in the spring semester, and prior to April 1st for registering for Student Teaching in the fall semester.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
Computer Literacy Requirement: All students must demonstrate computer literacy in word processing, computer presentations and spreadsheets OR pass appropriate CIS classes selected in consultation with their advisor. Demonstration of computer literacy may be accomplished by successful completion of classroom assignments or an independent study arranged with your advisor.
The following are Vermont’s requirements for teacher licensure:
- Completion of course work that addresses the Principles for Vermont Educators, and Vermont’s Framework of Learning Opportunities, and the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) standards.
- Recommendation for licensure by a professional panel after the student’s licensure portfolio presentation.
- The completion of the Primary Requirements for the B.S. in Physical Education, recognized by the State of Vermont as a Liberal Arts and Physical Education Major.
- All students must attain satisfactory completion of the Praxis I and Praxis II Competency Test before student teaching and comply with the current State of Vermont regulations regarding skills testing for licensure.
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Note: All students must have current Red Cross and CPR cards and a criminal records check before enrolling in PED-4830, Physical Education K-12 Student Teaching, or XSC-4810 Internship.
Health Education Endorsement
PETE students may also gain a teaching endorsement in Health Education (from the Vermont Department of Education via the transcript review process) by completing the following courses:
PSY 1130 Introduction to Substance Abuse 3 credits
PSY 2120 Human Sexuality 3 credits
XSC 2140 Personal and Community Health 3 credits
PED 3150 Methods of Teaching Health 3 credits
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Computer Literacy Requirement: All students must demonstrate computer literacy in word processing, computer presentations, and spreadsheets or pass appropriate CIS classes selected in consultation with their advisor. Demonstration of computer literacy may be accomplished by successful completion of classroom assignments or an independent study arranged with your advisor.
Note: All students must have current First Aid and CPR certification before enrolling in practicum (XSC-3810, XSC-4130, XSC-4820) and internship (XSC-4810).