Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

EdD Online: Degree Requirements

The EdD in Kinesiology (online) is an interdisciplinary degree program specifically for practicing professionals who have a minimum of three years’ professional experience in Kinesiology or related fields, and desire a doctorate focused on scholarship and professional practice in leadership, advocacy and teaching. The EdD in KIN (online) requires a minimum of 54 semester hours (42 of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation). Our aim is to bring together a community of scholars to develop action-oriented leaders in the field of Kinesiology.

Of the 54 hours of required course work, a minimum of 24 hours must be completed in KIN, excluding dissertation hours.

Application and Admission

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit supplementary application materials required by the department, described in detail here.

Most applications are reviewed in the spring for fall admission. The application deadline to receive full consideration for admission is January 15; however, applications will be accepted through mid-April.

Degree Requirements

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 dissertation defense, while also fulfilling their residency requirement.

Required on-campus visits:

  • Orientation (summer prior to YR 1 coursework; 3 days)
  • Oral comprehensive exam and dissertation proposal (YR 3 summer; 7 days)
  • Dissertation defense (YR 4 summer; 3 days)

Course Requirements:

  • Program Leadership in Kinesiology 6-9 hours
  • Interdisciplinary Concepts 6-9 hours
  • Research/Inquiry/Problem Solving 9 hours
  • Coursework in Support of Dissertation 6 hours
  • Practicum/Independent Study and Electives 9-15 hours
  • Dissertation 12 hours

Program Leadership in Kinesiology (6-9 hours minimum; KIN 750 Required)

Coursework which supports leadership, teaching and advocacy in Kinesiology and related fields. Students select a minimum of 12 hours from the following. Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 706 Online Pedagogy in Kinesiology and Related Professions (3)
  • KIN 706 Online Pedagogy in Kinesiology and Related Professions (3)
  • KIN 715 Professional Ethics in Health and Human Sciences (3)
  • KIN 735 Program Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Activity Programs (3)
  • KIN 750 Seminar in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 762 Program Design in Kinesiology and Related Professions (3)

Interdisciplinary Concepts (6-9 hours minimum)

Courses spanning the kinesiology disciplinary areas.  Students select 6-9 hours from the following. Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 722 Physical Activity and Health (3)
  • KIN 722 Physical Activity and Health (3)
  • KIN 729 Motor Learning and Performance (3)
  • KIN 731 Curriculum Development in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 732 Analysis of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • KIN 745 Social Psychology and Physical Activity (3)

Research/Inquiry/Problem-Solving (9 hours; KIN 701, 723, and 716 required)

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 701 Research Topics in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 701 Research Topics in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 716 Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research (3)
  • KIN 717 Qualitative Methods in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 723 Statistical Methods for Kinesiology (3)

Course Work in Support of Dissertation (6 hours; KIN 751 and 798 required)

Students complete 6 hours of course work relevant to the dissertation and ultimate professional goals. Other courses may be acceptable with advisor and committee approval.

  • KIN 751 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 798 Doctoral Seminar in Grant Writing (3)

Practicum/Independent Study and Electives (9-15 hours)

Students select 9-15 hours of additional courses. These courses may be from any of the above categories or other courses approved by the advisory committee. At least 3 hours must be selected from the following.

  • KIN 695 Independent Study (1-3)
  • KIN 695 Independent Study (1-3)
  • KIN 713 Internship in Kinesiology (3-6)
  • KIN 714 Field Practicum in Kinesiology (3-6)
  • KIN 722 Problems Seminar (3)
  • KIN 795 Independent Doctoral Research (1-6)

Dissertation (12 hours)

  • KIN 799 Dissertation (1-12)

Summer 2018 Three Day Orientation (required) dates TBA.

See the Graduate School Bulletin for more information.