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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Motor Learning and Control

Program Coordinators: Andrew Gordon          Email: msnsprogram@tc.columbia.edu
Academic Secretary: Erynn Lowery                 Phone: (212) 678-3325   Fax: (212) 678-3322


Degrees Offered:  Masters of Arts (MA),  Masters of Education (M.Ed.), and  Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Motor Learning study focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills. Acquisition of skill is examined over the lifespan in typically developing and impaired individuals. Movement analysis is used to elucidate the neuromotor control processes underlying skilled performance in everyday functional behaviors, sport, and dance. The teacher or therapist’s role in facilitating skill learning and performance is emphasized.

This specialty has five components:

  1. Substantive study of theory and research as embodied in lecture and laboratory courses.

  2. Development of clinical or educational skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.

  3. Research training to enable students to read and interpret original research and to carry out educational, clinical, or laboratory research.

  4. Seminars to discuss theory and research, identification of research problems, and clinical/educational applications.

  5. Elective courses to meet specific student needs which may be taken throughout the College and University in such areas as Anatomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health Education, Higher and Adult Education, Neurosciences, Nutrition, Physiology, Psychology, and Science Education. A list of recommended elective and related courses is available to students in the Movement Science office.

Visit Next Step TC to request program information and to apply online. You can send specific program questions to the program's academic secretary: Eryn Lowery or the program coordinator Andrew Gordon.