Motor Learning EdD

Doctor of Education in Motor Learning & Control


Program Overview

Motor Learning & Control focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills. Acquisition of skill is examined over the life span in typically developing children and adults and individuals with movement disorders. Movement analysis is used to elucidate the neuromotor control processes underlying skilled performance in everyday functional behaviors. The teacher or therapist’s role in facilitating skill learning and performance is emphasized. 

 

This specialty has five components:

  • Substantive study of theory and research as embodied in lecture and laboratory courses.
  • Development of clinical or educational skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.
  • Research training to enable students to read and interpret original research and to carry out educational, clinical, or laboratory research.
  • Seminars to discuss theory and research, identification of research problems, and clinical/educational applications.  
  • 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. 

 

In the preparation of doctoral students, the goal is to develop those competencies necessary to pursue scholarly and scientific work and to formulate strategies to enhance professional practice. The focus of the Ed.D. program is to prepare leaders of applied research for clinical and educational practice. Graduates often assume positions in clinical academic departments or teaching universities.

 

Research Training

Research training uses an apprenticeship model. Students work closely with faculty throughout their preparation: initially as apprentices with access to considerable advisement, subsequently as collaborators, then progressing to a position as independent researchers. Typically, the dissertation research is an extension of one or two prior studies. Often, research leading up to the dissertation is presented at national meetings or is published in professional journals. Doctoral students are required to be engaged in research at least three weekdays per week (on- or off-site) and be available for advisement at least two mornings or afternoons. Part-time paid research or laboratory assistantships may be available for students in their middle to advanced stage of study.

 

Teaching Assistantships 

Program faculty believe strongly in the value of assistant teaching (TA). Being a TA can provide students with valuable opportunities to learn new material, review material previously acquired and obtain teaching skills and materials. The objective of the required teaching assistantship is to provide Ed.D. students with a quality learning experience that will benefit them regardless of whether they pursue academic or nonacademic careers. Doctoral students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for one Masters level course before graduating (whether in a paid or non-paid capacity). Every effort will be made to match student preferences with available opportunities, but students should expect that they may not always receive their first preference. Beyond this, additional teaching assistantship opportunities may be available for more advanced courses.

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Admissions Information

Doctor of Education

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 5
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Academic Writing Sample

Requirements from the TC Catalog

Motor Learning & Control focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills. Acquisition of skill is examined over the life span in typically developing children and adults and individuals with movement disorders. Movement analysis is used to elucidate the neuromotor control processes underlying skilled performance in everyday functional behaviors. The teacher or therapist’s role in facilitating skill learning and performance is emphasized. 

This specialty has five components:

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

In the preparation of doctoral students, the goal is to develop those competencies necessary to pursue scholarly and scientific work and to formulate strategies to enhance professional practice. The focus of the Ed.D. program is to prepare leaders of applied research for clinical and educational practice. Graduates often assume positions in clinical academic departments or teaching universities.

Research training uses an apprenticeship model. Students work closely with faculty throughout their preparation: initially as apprentices with access to considerable Advisement, subsequently as collaborators, then progressing to a position as independent researchers.Typically, the dissertation research is an extension of one or two prior studies. Often, research leading up to the dissertation is presented at national meetings or is published in professional journals.

In addition to substantive study and research preparation, students are expected to design an individual program representing their research area and professional concerns. Such preparation requires a significant commitment to graduate study. Doctoral students are required to be engaged in research at least three weekdays per week (on- or off-site) and be available for advisement at least two mornings or afternoons.  Applicants are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. Prior to formal admission, enrollment in up to 8 points of study as a non- matriculated student is permitted.

Core Coursework (23 Credits)

BBS

5060

Neuromuscular response and adaptation to exercise (2 points)

BBSR

5068

Brain and Behavior I: Communication in the nervous system (2 points)

BBSR

5055

Bases of motor control systems (3)

BBSR

5582

Research design in the movement sciences (3 points)

BBSR

4060

Motor learning (3) *

BBSR

4161

Motor learning laboratory (2 with co-requisite BBSR 4060)

Note: BBSR 4161 is a co-requisite of BBSR 4060 if taken for 2 point

BBSR

5028

Motor development across the lifespan (3 points)

BSR

4050

Biomechanical analysis of human movement (3 points)

BBSR

5504

Research Training Seminar (Section 02) (2 points)

Note:  (2-3 points each semester, continuous enrollment required until completion of degree requirements, typically 18 points)



Four courses (12 points) selected from:

BBSQ

4047

Early motor behaviors in children: normal and abnormal (3)

BBSR

4055

Neuromotor process (3)

BBSR

4070

Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sport/Exercise (3)

BBSR

5050

Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography (3)

BBSR

5057

Movement disorders (3)

BBSR

5251

Fieldwork seminar in motor learning motor control (1-2)

Three topical seminars (9)

BBS

5596

Topics in applied physiology (3)

BBSR

6563

Seminar in neuromotor processes (3) 

BBSR

6564

Advanced topics in neuromotor processes (3)

BBSR

6565

Seminar in motor learning and motor control (3)

BBSR

6571

Research seminar in the psychosocial aspects of human movement (3)

Statistics sequence minimum (9)

HUDM

4122

Probability and statistical inference (3)

HUDM

5122

Applied regression analysis (3)

HUDM

5123

Linear models and experimental design (3)

Two courses in educationally-relevant areas must also be selected from the list below or substituted with advisor permission (6)

ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult learning

ORLJ 5310 Preparation for Coaching

ORLD 5063 Online Teaching and Learning: Applying adult learning principles

ORLD 4055 How Adults Learn

ORLD 5057 Adult Learning and Education: Theory and Practice

ORLD 4815 Developing critical thinkers

Individual program and electives (17)

Service Requirements:

  • Teaching Assistantships Program faculty believe strongly in the value of assistant teaching (TA’ing). TA’ing can provide students with valuable opportunities to learn new material, review material previously acquired and obtain teaching skills and materials. The objective of the required teaching assistantship is to provide Ed.D. students with a quality learning experience that will benefit them regardless of whether they pursue academic or nonacademic careers. Doctoral students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for one Masters level course before graduating (whether in a paid or non-paid capacity). Every effort will be made to match student preferences with available opportunities, but students should expect that they may not always receive their first preference. Beyond this, additional teaching assistantship opportunities may be available for more advanced courses.

  • Graduate Study/Clinical Practice Traineeships are available for occupational and physical therapists enrolled in or admitted to degree programs in Movement Science. They are offered in collaboration with several clinical agencies located in the metropolitan New York area that provide services to diverse groups including pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients. These traineeships involve up to 20 hours per week in a clinical setting and provide stipend and tuition benefits. International students may qualify, contingent on obtaining appropriate New York State clinical licensure. The latter may take up to 12 months so interested prospective students should contact the coordinator as soon as possible during the application process. The instructional staff in Movement Science provides clinical supervision. A case study approach is used to directly bridge between substantive study and clinical practice. For more detailed information, contact the Coordinator of Clinical Traineeships at (212) 678-3325.

Part-time paid research or laboratory assistantships may be available for students in their middle to advanced stage of study.

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