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Doctor of Education in Movement Science (Physical Therapy) at Teachers College and Columbia University Medical Center

Transform your career and enter the next generation of physical therapy faculty at universities and colleges. Through a unique collaboration between Teachers College, and its long history of excellence in education, and top-rated Columbia University Medical Center, our graduates will become leading scholars and innovators in the field of physical therapy with expertise in Movement Sciences.

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Email Lori Quinn, Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Kinesiology

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Graduate students in a Motor Learning class.

Learn the theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform original applied, clinically relevant research leading to scientific presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and compete for extramural funding through grant writing. Develop a breadth and depth of knowledge in a variety of clinical specialty areas that reflect faculty expertise including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular, and other specialty areas as they relate to prevention, impairment, functional limitation, and disability. Graduate with the theoretical, scientific evidence base, and practical skills required to conduct research and to teach at the professional entry-level and post-professional levels within the academic community or to take on other roles in private practice, industry or governmental and non-governmental agencies.

The Physical Therapy track utilizes the rich academic resources already available within the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College, and provides students with additional knowledge on the application of movement sciences to content areas within physical therapy. The track provides an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the specialization of physical therapy that are taught by the faculty in physical therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

The program consists of three major components:

  1. Didactic Coursework: Students are expected to complete required and elective coursework in the following content areas: movement science foundations, biostatistics and research methods, movement science applications to physical therapy, and elective courses in movement science, physical therapy and related areas.
  2. Certification Exam and Pilot Study: While completing didactic coursework, students will be expected to begin research training with a faculty member and enroll in research training seminar. During research training seminar students present their ongoing research to faculty and peers. Each student will be required to complete a pilot study in preparation for the dissertation. Each student will complete a certification exam in the content area pertaining to his/her research.
  3. Dissertation proposal and dissertation: After completing a pilot study, each student will defend a dissertation proposal to a faculty committee consisting of at least three members. Following defense of the dissertation proposal, students will register for Dissertation Advisement (BBSR8900) for completing the dissertation.

The total number of credits required for the proposed program will be 90 credits of didactic courses and dissertation, post-baccalaureate. Teachers College accepts a maximum of 45 credits for transfer from a Masters degree or Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The coursework entails 45 credits at Teachers College/CUMC and we expect students with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree to transfer the remaining 45 credits.

Doctor of Education in Movement Science (Physical Therapy)

Sample Curriculum

Movement Science Foundations (12 credits)

Motor Learning and Control

 

 

BBSR 4050

Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement

3 credits

BBSR 4060

Motor Learning

2 credits

BBSR 4161

Motor Learning Laboratory

1 credit

BBSR 4070

Introduction to the psychosocial study of sport & exercise

3 credits

BBSR 5028

Motor Development

3 credits

BBSR 5055

Bases of Motor Control

3 credits

BBSR 5060

Neurophysiology of motor control & electromyography

3 credits

Applied Physiology

 

 

BBSR 4090

Physical fitness, Weight Control & Relaxation

3 credits

BBSR 4095

Applied Physiology Laboratory I

3 credits

BBSR 5095

Exercise and Health

3 credits

BBSR 5194

Applied Physiology Laboratory II

3 credits

BBSR 5195

Advanced Physiology Laboratory

3 credits

 

Statistics (9 credits)

HUDM 4122

Probability and Statistical Inference

3 credits

HUDM 5122

Applied Regression Analysis

3 credits

HUDM 5123

Linear Models Experimental Design

3 credits

HUDM 5026

Introduction to Data Analysis in R

3 credits

BBSN 4001

Qualitative Research

3 credits

 

Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

ORLD 4051

How Adults Learn

3 credits

ORLD 4053

Facilitating Adult Learning

3 credits

 

Movement Science Applications to Physical Therapy (15 credits)

PHYTM 9001

Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation (required)

3 credits

PHYTM 9004

Analysis of Normal and Pathological Gait

3 credits

PHYTM 9005

Clinical Applications for Monitoring Physical Activity

3 credits

PHYTM 9007

Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

3 credits

EPID   P9494

Publications, Presentations and Grants

3 credits

POPF P8617

Research Design and Data Collection: Service Based Research I

3 credits

POPF P8637

Qualitative Data Analysis: Service Based Research III

3 credits

 

Physical Therapy Doctoral Seminar (6 credits)

PHYTM 9000

Physical Therapy Doctoral Seminar

1 credit

 

Dissertation Advisement (0 credits)

BBSR 8900

Dissertation Advisement in Movement Sciences

0 credit

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Two PTs work with a person on a treadmill

The Physical Therapy track utilizes the rich academic resources already available within the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College, and provides students with additional knowledge on the application of movement sciences to content areas within physical therapy. The track provides an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the specialization of physical therapy that are taught by the faculty in physical therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

A PT works with a young boy on walking

Prepare to Research


Students enrolling in the Physical Therapy track can engage in research in one of four research labs at Columbia University Medical Center or Teachers College. Students can participate in research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a range of clinical populations, including those with neurological, pediatric or orthopedic conditions, as well as in topics related to health promotion and prevention. Our labs include state-of-the-art equipment for the analysis of movement (including Vicon motion analysis, force plates, inertial measurement systems), cardiopulmonary testing, physical activity monitoring, and portable EEG assessment.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Debra Clayton Krasinski PT, MS, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Associate Professor and Director, Programs in Physical Therapy and Vice Chair of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy)

Ashwini K. Rao OTR, Ed.D., FAOTA. Director of Ed.D. (PT) Program. Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) in the G.H. Sergievsky Center 

Clare C. Bassile PT, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy)

Jacqueline Montes, PT, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) in Neurology

Margaret O’Neil, Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) 

Kevin Wong, PT, Ph.D., OCS. Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy)

Teachers College- Columbia University

Lori Quinn PT, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Education

Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D. Professor of Movement Sciences and Education

Andrew M. Gordon, Ph.D. Professor of Movement Sciences and Education

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When you graduate, we like to think you don’t leave TC behind. You join our network of 90,000+ alumni who build on the knowledge and experience they gained to improve lives around the globe. They provide a network of support and connections that will help take you to where you want to be.

Follow in their footsteps today and become a leader in your chosen field tomorrow.

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