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Movement Science and Education

Movement Science and Education

Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Movement Science & Education

Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Movement Science and Education and Kinesiology

The Movement Science and Education/Kinesiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University has a long tradition of excellence. We were the first program in the United States to offer both the master's and doctoral degree in this field and for over a century have been a leader in graduate education.  Since the inception of Teachers College as a premiere graduate school of education, psychology and health, we have been a pioneer in research and application related to physical education, exercise and physical activity. Our doctoral programs in Movement Sciences and Education and Kinesiology are among the best in the nation. The program offers four specializations: Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Education.

We are unique in that we approach the study of movement from a multi-disciplinary perspective. There is an emphasis on the scientific and theoretical core of physiology, behavioral science, neural bases of movement control, and pedagogy. The program’s focus is on the practical applications of science and theory in the laboratory, clinic, school and community.

Today we continue to excel in graduate education and research in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology, including Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, Physical Education and Occupational Therapy.

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Coordinator: Professors Andrew Gordon, Carol Ewing Garber, Stephen Silverman

Box: 199

Phone: (212) 678-3325    Fax: (212) 678-3322   


Centers and Research

Center for Cerebral Palsy Research

The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research focuses on elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying hand impairment in children with CP, as well as development and testing of new treatments aimed at ameliorating these impairments.

In The Spotlight

Stephen Silverman, Professor of Education reacted to a recent study showing that many public school students in New York City do not receive state-mandated physical education or physical activity during the school day, despite studies that show it improves academic achievement.

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