Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

EdD Online: FAQs

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about the online EdD program.

When can I apply?

Applications will be accepted through April. The admissions review process begins January 15, and continues through April or until all spots for the upcoming year are filled.

Application information can be found here.

What are tuition costs? Where do I find that information?

For information on program costs download the e-book found here; program cost information can be found on page 25.

  • If you are in North Carolina tuition costs will be the in-state rate.
  • If you are not in North Carolina tuition costs will be the outside-of-North Carolina rate NOT the out-of-state rate.  Out-of-state rates are for non-North Carolina residents who are taking traditional on-campus courses

What if I have old GRE scores?

Unfortunately you will have to retake the GRE if your scores are more than 5 years old. Evaluation of potential students is done based on a number of different criteria and the GRE is one piece of that evaluation.

Do you have a Masters program also?

We do not currently have an online Masters program.We do have a number of traditional on-campus Masters programs in Kinesiology. Information about those programs can be found here.

Do you have to have a Master’s degree to earn your EdD?

Yes, you need to have a Master’s degree and 3 years of work experience in the field prior to admittance into the EdD program.

What is the difference between an EdD and PhD?

The EdD and the PhD are two different degrees offered at UNCG. The EdD in KIN takes a more interdisciplinary approach toward the degree versus the PhD; meaning students will take a broader base of coursework designed to assist them with exploring and potentially solving issues related to professional practice in the field of kinesiology. For example, a person who is a sport and exercise psychologist would not take all SEP type courses in the EdD program but instead would take courses related to leadership, teaching and advocacy that can be applied in their own specialty area. Practical application is an emphasis of this program.

Our EdD students will have research training and complete an individual dissertation but the research is not the driving force behind the degree like it is in the PhD. Someone with our degree can go onto to higher education teaching positions, but if the individual’s main goal is to have research as their primary responsibility, this may not be the best option for them.

More information on the differences between an EdD and a PhD from the Carnegie Program on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) can be found here: CPED website that includes a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education, working together to strengthen and advance the professional practice doctorate (EdD). Additionally, you can go directly to the CPED website for a wealth of resources about the EdD and Scholarly Practitioners.

“The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession (CPED, 2007).”

What are our graduates doing?

  • Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Athletic Training Program Director at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia.
  • AP Associate Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator-MSAT program
  • Assistant Professor at Campbell University
  • Assistant Dean of Students, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Program director and chair for athletic training and health and wellness at Mount St. Joseph University
  • Tenure-track assistant professor in the Health & Human Performance Department teaching Sports Medicine and Sport Management classes.
  • Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance and Program Director for the Master of Athletic Training Program at The University of Findlay, Findlay OH.
  • Lecturing Fellow and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Dept. of Health, Wellness, and PE at Duke University.

What types of careers are current EdD students employed in?

Current students are a diverse group of professionals that include faculty, teachers, coaches, administrators, military consultants, and athletic trainers, as well as many other related careers.

What kind of dissertation topics are current EdD students exploring?

Here are examples of current dissertation topics.

  • Sociocultural Competence In Sport Coaching Education Project
  • Growth-minded Athletes: Do Coaching Feedback Focal Points Matter?
  • Person-centered Care In Athletic Training: A Case Study Approach
  • An Investigation Into The Relationship Between Perceived Stress, Burnout, And Physical Activity Participation Levels In Social Workers
  • Increasing Physical Activity And Self-efficacy In Physical Education Through Internet Programming, A Modern Approach
  • The Relationship Between Physical Fitness And Academic Achievement Among 4th And 5th Grade Boys And Girls From High And Low-poverty Backgrounds
  • The Influence Of Acculturation And Professional Socialization On Fitness Oriented Students’ Interpretation And Delivery Of The
  • Teaching Games For Understanding Model
  • The Effects Of Teaching Strategies On Moderate To Vigorous Physical Activity Intensity
  • The Effect Of An Introductory Strength Training Program On Acl Injury Risk Factors.
  • An Evaluation Of The United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center And School Human Performance Program
  • The Effects Of Modified Martial Arts Programming On Older Adults
  • Online Hearing Conservation Programming For College Musicians
  • North Carolina High Schools Coaches’ Knowledge Of The Female Athlete Triad

What happens if I cannot attend the orientation?

Orientation is required for all admitted students prior to beginning the program. If you are admitted and then cannot attend the orientation for any reason, you will have to defer enrollment until the following year after you have attended the next summer’s orientation.

Are classes taken simultaneously during a semester format, or are they individual classes that are 8 weeks each?

Classes are simultaneous. Students have 2 classes per semester each semester, including summer and follow the same academic calendar as the rest of the UNCG campus. The UNCG course calendar can be found here.

UNCG requires proof of immunizations for all full-time students. Does this include online students?

No, this is only a requirement for students who are physically on the UNCG campus. To read more about immunization requirements see the information found here.

Can I remain employed while I do my internship? Can I remain employed while I am in the program?

Yes. Our students are all working professionals and our program is designed with this in mind. Will you be busy? Yes. But with good time management skills, it is very doable. The internship takes the place of a 3 credit class (6 internship credits are required but can be taken in separate semesters). As such the internship should only take as much time as a 3 credit course.

What kind of professional development opportunities will I have?

Students have access (via video) to the UNCG Kinesiology Department monthly Colloquium as well as other professional development opportunities that are presented on campus.

Students also have professional development sessions specifically designed for the EdD program needs each semester.

Is the program synchronous or asynchronous?

The program is asynchronous. There are deadlines for assignments in each course, however regularly scheduled common class meeting times are not required to complete coursework. The exception might be for group work, which may require smaller groups of students to find common meeting times using a variety of distance communication tools, like Google Hangout. Students begin and end courses on a semester schedule and go through the program as a cohort.

Are there any restrictions on applying depending on where I live?

UNCG worked toward changing the Authorized Provider agreements with states, and now all states are approved.

What does the four year program schedule look like?

You can view the schedule here.