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Movement Science and Education

Movement Science and Education

Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

General Program Questions

Masters Degree

Yes, it is possible to work. Most MA students currently work full or part time. Most courses are offered after 4 pm, although some courses may meet earlier in the day.Physical and Occupational therapists may wish to consider the clinical traineeships, which provide tuition and expenses in exchange for part-time work.

This answer depends on how many courses are taken each semester. The MA degree requires 32 credit hours and completion of a master's project. Part-time study generally is 3-6 credits a semester. Students can also take credits over the summer. Summer school has two sessions during which students can take classes. Full time study is generally 11 credits a semester. Full time study with attendance during summer session is approximately 15 months in length. 

Only graduate courses taken at Teachers College (8 credits) can be applied toward the MA. Up to 30 relevant graduate credits can be transferred in toward the Ed.M., and 45 credits toward the Ed.D.

No, students may develop a flexible Masters degree curriculum in consultation with their advisers to cut across all areas of the Movement Sciences.

Yes. Electives in and outside of the program are allowed. See the specific program of interest for more details.

Yes, MA students must complete a project in order to graduate. The project may be a research study, a literature review, an integrative paper or professional experience, a clinical or fieldwork experience, or a final comprehensive exam.

Doctoral Degree

The EdD focuses field-based research and application of knowledge to educational and clinical curricula. Ninety credits are required, with some course work focusing on higher education, adult education or administration. This degree is recommended for students seeking employment in teaching-based Colleges and Universities or other clinical or educational settings.
 
The PhD is a research degree. Research is onsite under the direct apprenticeship of faculty. Admission is contingent on demonstration of research capability (usually a published paper) and sponsorship by a faculty member prior to applying. The PhD requires full-time study (and funding). Typically a series of original research projects is required, and the research preparation is designed to enable students to work in top research-focused Universities.
For the EdD, doctoral students (and Ed.M. students wishing to pursue the doctorate) must be in the labs conducting research at least two days per week, and demonstrate continuous progress in research. They must also be available to attend research training seminars on Thursday afternoons, as well as other course work as required. However, part-time employment is acceptable.
 
For the PhD, only full-time study is allowed. Students may study part-time until formally accepted into the program.

It takes a minimum of 3 years (post Masters degree) of full-time (40-50 hours per week) study to complete the doctorate. It will obviously take longer for students who are unable to commit to full-time studies.

Students begin to work with a faculty member whose research is most compatible with their research interest immediately upon entering the program. Students may subsequently change advisers or seek co-advisement.

Up to 30 relevant graduate credits can be transferred in toward the Ed.M., and EdD and 45 credits toward the Ed.D.

Yes, specialization is required for advanced degrees. However, research projects may cut across areas via dual advisement.

Since the doctorate is a research degree, students should begin working with an adviser on a research project shortly after beginning in the program. Otherwise, the duration of study will be considerably longer if research and course work are completed sequentially.

For the EdD, one project (after completion of a preliminary or pilot project) is required. The number of studies for the Ph.D. varies depending on the size and scope of the projects. However, generally a minimum of 3-4 projects are expected.

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