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Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education

Department of - Biobehavioral Science

Contact Information

(212) 678-3325
(212) 678-3322
Professors Andrew Gordon, Carol Ewing Garber, Stephen Silverman

Program Description

Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education (PECT)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Education (Ed.M.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Summary

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A., 32-point)

The specific career goals of the student are used in planning the graduate program. Programs include one or more of the following features: 

Field-Based Experiences

The theoretical study of curriculum and teaching concepts is integrated with field-based applications of those concepts. Part of the student’s graduate study experience takes place in elementary, secondary, or college physical education settings. Students who are concurrently employed as physical education teachers use their own schools as field sites; other students are assigned to selected field sites.

Program Design and Development

Students critically examine an array of traditional and innovative physical education program designs, and then formulate their own conception of curriculum. Program evaluation techniques are studied and then used to conduct field evaluations of ongoing programs. Students learn systematic techniques for program development and use them to plan programs for field settings.

Teaching: Performance and Analysis

Students critically evaluate existing theories and models of teaching, and devise their own concepts of teaching. A spectrum of analytic techniques is used to analyze videotaped and live samples of interactive teaching.

Study and Application of Concepts of Human Movement and Health

Students study theory and research in the applied sciences of anatomy, movement analysis, exercise physiology, health, nutrition, motor learning, and their applications to program designs and teaching strategies.

Culminating Experience

Students in the M.A. and Ed.M. programs are required to complete a culminating experience that integrates material from their course- work. This experience can be field-based, theoretical, or a research project related to physical education. The student and his or her advisor will discuss and design an individual experience that helps meet the goals of the student’s program.


Master of Education (Ed.M., 60-point)

The specific career goals of the student are used in planning the graduate program. Programs include one or more of the following features:

Field-Based Experiences

The theoretical study of curriculum and teaching concepts is integrated with field-based applications of those concepts. Part of the student’s graduate study experience takes place in elementary, secondary, or college physical education settings. Students who are concurrently employed as physical education teachers use their own schools as field sites; other students are assigned to selected field sites.

Program Design and Development

Students critically examine an array of traditional and innovative physical education program designs, and then formulate their own conception of curriculum. Program evaluation techniques are studied and then used to conduct field evaluations of ongoing programs. Students learn systematic techniques for program development and use them to plan programs for field settings.

Teaching: Performance and Analysis

Students critically evaluate existing theories and models of teaching, and devise their own concepts of teaching. A spectrum of analytic techniques is used to analyze videotaped and live samples of interactive teaching.

Study and Application of Concepts of Human Movement and Health

Students study theory and research in the applied sciences of anatomy, movement analysis, exercise physiology, health, nutrition, motor learning, and their applications to program designs and teaching strategies.

Culminating Experience

Students in the M.A. and Ed.M. programs are required to complete a culminating experience that integrates material from their coursework. This experience can be field-based, theoretical, or a research project related to physical education. The student and his or her advisor will discuss and design an individual experience that helps meet the goals of the student’s program.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D., 90-point)

The specific career goals of the student are used in planning the graduate program. Programs include one or more of the following features:

Field-Based Experiences

The theoretical study of curriculum and teaching concepts is integrated with field-based applications of those concepts. Part of the student’s graduate study experience takes place in elementary, secondary, or college physical education settings. Students who are concurrently employed as physical education teachers use their own schools as field sites; other students are assigned to selected field sites.

Program Design and Development

Students critically examine an array of traditional and innovative physical education program designs, and then formulate their own conception of curriculum. Program evaluation techniques are studied and then used to conduct field evaluations of ongoing programs. Students learn systematic techniques for program development and use them to plan programs for field settings.

Teaching: Performance and Analysis

Students critically evaluate existing theories and models of teaching, and devise their own concepts of teaching. A spectrum of analytic techniques is used to analyze videotaped and live samples of interactive teaching. 

Study and Application of Concepts of Human Movement and Health

Students study theory and research in the applied sciences of anatomy, movement analysis, exercise physiology, health, nutrition, motor learning, and their applications to program designs and teaching strategies.

Research Competence (for Ed.D. students)

All doctoral students develop proficiency in research and complete a dissertation under the advisement of a faculty sponsor. With their career goals in mind, students design their programs to include coursework that focuses on research methods and the results of research in physical education, and participate in research experiences to demonstrate competence and successfully complete the dissertation.

All doctoral students participate in an intensive seminar that reviews research in physical education and also attend a continuous research semester during most semesters of their enrollment in the program. Students must satisfactorily complete all parts of the program certification exam and a literature review to be certified and officially begin the dissertation process.

During the dissertation process, students work closely with an advisor and complete pilot studies to enhance their research skills. Students who are planning on academic careers that will include conducting research may participate in faculty research projects throughout their program to further enhance their research preparation.


Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Associate Professor of Physical Education
Assistant Professor of Applied Physiology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Movement Science and Education
Adjunct in Applied Physiology
Professor of Movement Sciences
Professor of Movement Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Movement Sciences
Adjunct Full Professor of Motor Learning and Control
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Associate Professor of Movement Science & Kinesiology
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Education
Professor of Education

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

BBS 4032 Neuroscience of human speech and language
An introduction to the neurological bases of normal speech and language perception, production and use.
BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise
A review of the physiology of muscle contraction in addition to in-depth discussion of topics related to the field which include: the relationship between muscle activation and respiration during exercise, muscle fatigue, eccentric versus concentric contractions and adaptation to strength training.
BBS 5068 Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system

An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinson's disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

BBS 5069 Brain and behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory and cognition
An introduction to brain processes associated with perception, emotion, memory and cognition. Consequences of damage to these neurobehavioral processes are examined through reading and discussion of clinical case studies.
BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics
Topics include: gross anatomy and function of human skeletal and muscular systems, mechanics of human movement, and analysis of skills in dance and physical education. Designed primarily for students without a prior course in anatomy or biomechanics. Students will be expected to participate in a laboratory offered immediately preceding the scheduled class time. Lab fee: $50.
BBSR 4050 Biomechanical analysis of human movement
Permission required. Covers the principles and techniques required to analyze human movement, which can be used to develop practical research questions. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for analysis of movement are discussed in relation to the study of learning, motor control, motor development, and motor impairments. Lab fee: $50.
BBSR 4060 Motor learning
Study of factors relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Includes review and analysis of appropriate research findings.
BBSR 4070 Introduction to the psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the psychological and social processes in exercise, sport, and physical activity. The focus is on the key theoretical psychosocial principles that are well known to govern exercise and sport behavior, including the physical, affective, and cognitive aspects. The course explores theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches to a variety of topics including stress, cognition, mood, emotion, perceptions of the self, mental illness, exercise adherence, drug use and addiction, self-regulation and self-control, motivation, goal setting, arousal and performance, group dynamics, coaching, and burnout.

BBSR 4090 Physical fitness, weight control, and relaxation
Contributions of exercise to human well-being throughout life. Classroom, gymnasium, and laboratory experiences included. Designed for teachers, counselors, and others who desire an introduction to basic concepts of physical fitness.
BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I
Prerequisite: a course in human physiology. Physiological bases of exercise. Lectures concerning the effects of exercise on the major physiological systems (cellular, cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, pulmonary, renal, body fluids, hormonal).
BBSR 4151 Laboratory methods in biomechanics
Permission required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisite: BBSR 4050. Students develop technical skills in the application of biomechanics to the study of movement behavior including video-based data collection and computer-based kinematic analysis. Students design and conduct a pilot research study using biomechanical analysis of a functional movement. Special fee: $75.
BBSR 4161 Motor learning laboratory
An introduction to qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement and action during acquisition of functional skills. Corequisite: BBSR 4060.
BBSR 4861 Workshop in motor learning and control
Students carry out a case study of skill acquisition in a functional movement task and integrate qualitative and quantitative findings in a final essay, characterizing the learning process.
BBSR 4900 Research and independent study in movement science and education

Permission required. Master's degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

BBSR 5028 Motor development across the lifespan
Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan.
BBSR 5050 Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography
Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan. Advanced topics dealing with the experimental and clinical use of electromyography. Topics will be integrated with the kinematics of movements being observed. A laboratory project using EMG will be required. Lab fee: $50.
BBSR 5055 Bases of motor control systems
Study of control processes subserving the coordination of movement.
BBSR 5095 Exercise and health
The role of exercise in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Scientific evidence from both epidemiological and applied practice perspectives are emphasized.
BBSR 5151 Introduction to the analysis of biomechanical signals

Introduction to MATLAB programming with a focus on variables, conditional statements, loops, data visualization, basic algorithm development, and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). Concepts and techniques used in the analysis of biomechanical/biological signals will be applied to kinematic/physiological data (e.g., electromyographic, kinetic, accelerometer, heart rate data, etc.) using MATLAB. Applications of MATLAB extend to the analysis of all types of quantitative data. Thus, students with data from other sources are welcome to use their own data for course assignments. Interactive lectures and weekly labs are intended for students across disciplines to develop the skills required to use MATLAB in their own research.

BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II
The discussion and practice of techniques for collection and analysis of physiologic data (strength testing, electromyography, computerized data acquisition). Lab fee: $100.
BBSR 5195 Advanced applied physiology laboratory
Prerequisite: BBSR 5194. Introduction of advanced physiologic measurement techniques and concepts. Included are indirect calorimetry, spectrophotometry, vascular volume dynamics, autonomic reflexes, thermoregulation, noninvasive cardiac output, computer data plethysmography, tonometry, acquisition, and post-acquisition analyses. Lab fee: $100.
BBSR 5200 Fieldwork in movement science and education
Permission required. For advanced students prepared to investigate problems.
BBSR 5251 Fieldwork seminar in motor learning and motor control
Applications of theory/research to therapeutic or educational practice for students in field-based settings.
BBSR 5504 Research training in motor learning
Permission required. A competency-based approach to the preparation of researchers in the areas of neuromotor control and perceptual-motor processes. Several learning experiences are offered each semester, involving lectures, laboratory practica, seminars and individual research advisement.
BBSR 5582 Research design in movement science and education
Basic concepts of research design and statistical analysis. Students learn to interpret articles and design projects.
BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology
M.A. students carrying out research-culminating projects enroll in this course near the end of their course of study to discuss and present their projects. Ed.M. and doctoral students enroll at least once in connection with each research project they complete.
BBSR 6201 Supervision of educational or clinical practice in the movement sciences
Permission required. Corequisite: Actual supervisory experience during that semester. For doctoral students in the movement sciences. Field-based experiences in the guidance of therapists or educators engaged in applying the movement sciences to clinical practice.
BBSR 6563 Neuromotor processes seminar
Offered in conjunction with review and analysis of research related to conference topic.
BBSR 6564 Advanced topics in neuromotor processes
Topic changes annually.
BBSR 6900 Supervised independent research in movement science and education
Permission required. For advanced students who wish to conduct research under faculty guidance.
BBSR 7500 Dissertation seminar in movement science and education
Permission required. Candidate develops proposal for doctoral dissertation in consultation with advisor. Seminar convenes only on days when candidates present proposals for approval.
BBSR 8900 Dissertation advisement in movement science and education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.