The Curriculum and Pedagogical Graduate Studies program focuses on the development and evaluation of innovative physical activity curricula and programs for children, adolescents, and young adults in variety of settings including elementary, middle, high schools, colleges and beyond.

There are quite a few specific areas of study that graduate students can specialize in, depending on your own academic interests. An individualized approach is central to the graduate study in that the student will work with a team of very experienced advisors to develop and follow a plan of study most meaningful to the student.

Our Pedagogical Kinesiology Research Lab offers research assistantship to qualified full-time graduate students along with the teaching assistantship offered by the Department of Kinesiology. We also help qualified students to apply for competitive fellowships and scholarships UNCG offers.

The ultimate goal of the Curriculum and Pedagogical Graduate Studies program is to help graduate students accomplish their professional goals with high quality graduate education in physical activity programming that benefits citizens throughout the life-span.


The Ph.D. degree program provides a rigorous training for those students who aspire to achieve the highest level of education.

The degree requires a total of 60 credit hours’ work in which a minimum of 48 is devoted to coursework and independent studies and the other 12 to dissertation. There are four major milestones in the progression toward the degree: approval of the Plan of Study, Comprehensive Examinations, approval of the Dissertation Research Proposal, and the defense of the Dissertation. It normally takes about 4 years to complete the degree program.

Goals and Objectives


Helping graduate students develop research/scholarship competence needed to lead the field via evidence-informed practices


  1. Offering quality training to Ph.D. and Masters students through rigorous courses in the concentration and in associated disciplines such as education and psychology
  2. Involving graduate students in research projects to gain hands-on experiences of conducting research
  3. Immersing graduate students in our long-lasting culture of using research evidence to inform scholarship and practice


Helping graduate students become independent and competent scholars and practitioners who are able to operate successfully in a variety of settings to achieve their career goals


  1. Working with the advisor to develop personalized career goals and design a plan of study tailored to achieve the goals
  2. Mastering theories and practical skill sets required for the chosen career through working on research and teaching projects (may be supported with research and/or teaching assistantships)
  3. Producing relevant outcomes (research publications, PA programming products, etc.) that will enhance the possibility of securing future employment at the desired field/institutions
Student Sarah Ragab working with faculty member Michael Hemphill. SarahÕs work deals with developing youth leadership and conflict resolution in high schools.


Graduate students primarily work in one lab, but they are encouraged to use any lab space/resources that can help address their specific research questions.


  • Each of our graduate students create a custom plan of study best suited to their goals.
  • Plans of study must be approved by their advisor and committee.
  • Sample plans of study are available through the KIN Graduate Program Canvas Organization


  • Graduate Student Process and Requirements