Degree Programs

Ed.D. (Online) Description

The EdD in Kinesiology Online at UNCG is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program specifically designed for practicing professionals who have a minimum of three years of professional experience and desire a doctorate that is focused on professional scholarship and practice in leadership, advocacy, and teaching in Kinesiology (KIN).

The four-year online degree program is cohort-based and requires students to complete of 60 credit hours including the dissertation. Students will address current professional practice issues in the field from an applied, interdisciplinary perspective. Professional Learning Communities will support student academic and professional growth throughout the degree program. All coursework will be completed online. Students will be required to make three required campus visits which are explained in the section called "Campus Visits".

Application and Admission

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in Kinesiology and its related fields to be accepted into the program. This professional experience will be documented in the KIN supplementary Ed.D. application materials which is required by the department in addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School.

See KIN supplementary Ed.D. application materials here. Applications are reviewed in the spring for fall admission beginning January 15. Completed applications must be received by April 1 for fall admission.


The Ed.D. in Kinesiology requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work (including 12 credits of dissertation). All coursework will be completed online. Of the 60 hours of required course work, a minimum of 24 hours must be completed in KIN, excluding dissertation hours. At least 70% of all course work must be at the 600- or 700-level.

Required Campus Visits

Students will make three required visits to campus as part of this program to foster a sense of community with their peers and the UNCG faculty, to familiarize them with the technology, to complete the oral portion of their preliminary examination, to receive instruction and advisement on their dissertation, and to complete their defense, while also fulfilling their residency requirement.

Required campus visits include an Orientation during the summer prior to Year 1 coursework, a Comprehensive Oral Exam including the Dissertation Proposal during the summer after Year 3 coursework, and a Dissertation Defense after Year 4.

Program Leadership in Kinesiology (12 hours minimum)

Students select a minimum of 12 hours from the following. Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 652 Curriculum Development in Kinesiology
  • KIN 655 Analysis of Teaching and Learning
  • KIN 662 Program Design
  • KIN 706 Online Pedagogy
  • KIN 725 Management and Professional Issues in Athletic Training
  • HED 606 Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • HED 612 Current Issues in Higher Education
  • HED 661 Higher Education in the US
  • HED 663 Planning Programs in Post secondary Education
  • KIN 656 Psycho-Social Aspects of Teaching Physical Education and Sport
  • KIN 663 Supervision of Physical Education
  • KIN 708 College Teaching in Kinesiology
  • HED 607 Adult Learning and College Teaching
  • HED 611 Survey of Adult Education
  • HED 662 Curriculum in Higher Education
  • HED 745 Higher Education: Equity, Inclusion and Learning
  • ELC 609 Epistemology and Education
  • TED 664 Teaching Problem Solving

Interdisciplinary Concepts (6 hours minimum)

Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 665 Physical Activity and Health
  • KIN 676 Problem Seminar
  • KIN 644 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • KIN 630 Sport and Society: Social Inequalities
  • KIN 632 Sport and Society: Global and Ethnic Relations
  • KIN 635 Gender Issues in Kinesiology
  • KIN 643 Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills
  • KIN 647 Motor Development and Human Movement
  • KIN 648 Learning and Performance of Physical Skills
  • KIN 670 Physiology of Exercise
  • KIN 710 Sport and Feminisms KIN
  • KIN 743 Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury

Research/Inquiry/Problem-Solving (9 hours)

With the approval of the advisory committee, students select at least 9 hours from the following. Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 601 Applying Research to Professional Practice
  • KIN 610 Statistical Methods in Kinesiology
  • KIN 664 Program Evaluation and Practice-Based in Physical Activity Programs
  • KIN 798 Grant Writing in Kinesiology
  • KIN 611 Research Methods for Kinesiology
  • KIN 614 Qualitative Inquiry in Health and Human Performance
  • KIN 615 Ethnographic Methods in Kinesiology
  • ERM 602 Methods of Educational Research
  • ERM 642 Methods of Educational Research
  • ERM 643 Evaluation of Educational Programs
  • ERM 668 Survey Research Methods in Education
  • TED 675 Teacher as Researcher
  • TED 730 Qualitative Research Design in Education

Background Course Work in Support of Dissertation (9 hours)

With the approval of the advisory committee, students select at least 9 hours of course work relevant to the dissertation and ultimate professional goals. This may be a combination of traditional course work and independent study (no more than 6 hours of independent study). This course work may be taken in Kinesiology and/or other departments at UNCG.

  • KIN 701 Research Topics in Kinesiology

Seminars (6 hours)

  • KIN 750 Seminar in Kinesiology
  • KIN 751 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology

Internship (6 hours)

  • KIN 694 Internship in Kinesiology

Dissertation (12 hours)

  • KIN 799 Dissertation