- a knowledge of the field's subdisciplines, their theoretical and knowledge bases, and major research foci and implications;
- the ability to analyze, interpret, synthesize and integrate scholarly material;
- critical thinking through high level written and verbal communication;
- knowledge of the human body and its relevance to physical activity and health;
- knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize contemporary information literacy practices;
- the ability to engage in cogent, in-depth dialogue concerning the value of the field to contemporary society through analyses of historical and current issues and problems;
- professional decision making skills grounded in sound philosophical and theoretical principles; and
- an understanding and respect for the value of individuals, communities, and perspectives of difference.