Doctor of Education Program
**Applications are currently not being accepted for the EdD program.**
The Department of Kinesiology offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree for experienced Kinesiology professionals with a minimum of 3 years of practical experience in their respective field who desire to obtain a professional doctorate that focuses on professional practice and multidisciplinary issues.
The Vision of the Ed.D. Program is to prepare educators at the highest level of excellence who are competent in the creation, synthesis, interpretation, and professional application of knowledge across the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology.
MissionTo engage accomplished Kinesiology professionals in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Our philosophy is to utilize a cross disciplinary community of scholars to develop action oriented leaders in the Kinesiology.
Our approach is to use a combination of experiential, self-directed and collaborative learning experiences to meet the unique needs of adult learners. The strength of this program is the ability to tailor the doctoral plan of study relative to students’s professional goals. This program is unique in its focus on the practicing professional and its broad multi-disciplinary approach to translating scholarship into practice.
Program Goal 1Graduates of the program will be able to contribute to the field of Kinesiology through the scholarship of teaching and learning
- Students will engage in the discovery, integration, and application of knowledge through didactic coursework, internships, independent studies, and reflective professional practice.
- Students will explore a variety of teaching and learning methods that are applicable to teaching adult learners.
- Students will critically evaluate teaching practices through self, peer, or faculty assessment
- Students will apply concepts and principles of teaching and learning within their working environment.
- Students will be able to address professionally based problems using the appropriate tools of inquiry within their respective sub-disciplines.
Program Goal 2Graduates of the program will be able to assume leadership roles in Kinesiology and contribute to the field through professional, institutional, and community service.
- Students will develop an appreciation for service oriented leadership and administration (e.g. ACSM committee work) within their professional context.
- Students will critically analyze a variety of leadership models within the context of Kinesiology.
- Students will explore options for documenting administrative effectiveness.
Program Goal 3Graduates of the program will be able to effectively communicate across the sub-disciplines in the field of Kinesiology by articulating current interdisciplinary knowledge and communicating the broader value of KIN to society.
- Students will develop excellence in oral and written communication through critical evaluation of communication.
- Students will analyze current professional issues within their respective sub-discipline and the broader field of Kinesiology.
- Students will be able to effectively articulate interdisciplinary knowledge to a variety of audiences.
- Students will appreciate the importance of interconnectedness between the sub-disciplines.
Specific Requirements for the Doctor of Education (detailed description of program)
- Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
- Leadership in Kinesiology (6 hours)
- Interdisciplinary Concepts (6 hours)
- Research/Inquiry/Problem-Solving (9 hours)
- Background Course Work in Support of Dissertation (12 hours)
- Integrative Seminars in KIN (6 hours)
- Seminar in Kinesiology
- Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology
- Internship in Sport and Exercise Science (6 hours)
- Dissertation (12 hours)