Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group

Academic Options

NIU students interested in the PALS Group might also be interested in the following academic courses, certificate programs, and degree programs. Use the links below and/or contact us to find out more.

New course offered for Spring 2014

KNPE 399 - Youth Development through Physical Activity is a 3 credit hour course that explores the growing field of positive youth development through sport and physical activity. This course is an elective for KNPE majors and other degree programs, is appropriate for anyone who plans to work with youth in school or community settings, and counts toward Group 2 courses to complete the Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Adolescence. The course will be taught by Dr. Paul Wright and will feature notable guest speakers.

Undergraduate Students

Through the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) the KNPE is able to offer the position of Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Paul Wright. Chanel Barksdale, a KNPE major, has been the Undergraduate Research Assistant during the Fall 2013 semester and the position will again be posted for the Spring 2014 semester. More information about OSEEL and the positions available can be found at the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

Depending on your program of study and career aspirations, undergraduate students might be interested in:

Graduate Students

Depending on your program of study and career aspirations, graduate students might be interested in:

a) Doing an independent study related to physical activity and life skills through KNPE 549;

b) Pursuing a masters degree - Master of Science in Education in Physical Education - in the KNPE department;

c) Exploring the certificate program at the graduate level in Adapted Physical Education or initial teacher certification in physical education at the graduate level; or

d) Considering other degree options within the College of Education such as the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology or the Ed.D. in Curriculum.