Masters of Education (EdM) | Movement Science and Education | Biobehavioral Sciences

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Motor Learning & Control

Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Masters of Education (EdM)

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program in Motor Learning (Code: TRM) is designed to provide students with a broad background in movement sciences and related areas. Study 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 and impaired individuals. Movement analysis is used to elucidate the neuromotor control processes underlying skilled performance in everyday functional behaviors, sport and dance. The teacher or therapist’s role in facilitating skill learning and performance is emphasized.

The Ed.M program provides for advanced study in the movement sciences and for individually designed study to meet the student’s professional needs and interests. Students can focus on: (a) preparation as a “scholar of practice” able to translate research and theory into appropriate clinical or educational strategies; (b) preparation as a clinical instructor, clinical or educational supervisor or applied investigator; or (c) preparation for study towards the doctoral degree.

The program requires 60 points of graduate study and includes:

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

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

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

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

5. 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 final project is required for the Ed.M. and may involve one of two options:

1. An applied research report which can focus on clinical or educational issues.

2. A laboratory research paper.

For the Ed.M. degree, students may specialize in one of the three areas (Applied Physiology[Code: TRA], Motor Learning [Code: TRM], Physical Education [Codes: TRP & TRC]) offered within Movement Sciences and Education or, in consultation with an advisor, they may arrange a flexibly-designed program of study cutting across specialization areas which will meet their professional needs and academic interests. Students intending to continue study towards the doctoral degree should arrange their Ed.M. program to include core courses required for doctoral specialization.


Course Work Requirements

For the Ed.M. program, specific requirements for courses, or equivalents transferred from prior graduate study, are:

BBS 5060 Neuromuscular response and adaptation to exercise (2 points).
BBS 5068 Brain and Behavior I: Communication in the nervous system (2 points).
BBSR 5582 Research design in the movement sciences (3 points).

Research preparation: minimally one course selected from BBSR 5504, 5595 (2-3 points).

Substantive study: minimally 15 points in movement sciences (BBSR courses including offerings in physical education).

Laboratory courses: two courses with a total of minimally 5-6 points in movement sciences (BBSR courses).

Seminars, tutorials or conferences: minimally 5-6 points in movement sciences (BBSR courses).

Electives: 8 points outside of the program in Movements Sciences and Education (non BBSR courses at Teachers College for at least 2 points) in addition to BBS 5060 and BBS 5068.

Individual program: minimally 12 points in movement sciences (additional BBSR courses in substantive, laboratory, fieldwork or seminar study) and/or related areas outside of the program in Movement Sciences and Education (non BBSR courses, including graduate courses at Columbia University).

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