Part of the Movement Sciences program, our degree is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in educational settings, including school PE, fitness gyms, physical activity and health community–based organizations, non-profit agencies for physical activity promotion & health disparities, and sports and recreational settings. Our students develop a deep develop a deep understanding of constructivist, sociocultural, and critical theories regarding teaching and learning for social justice and social change.
Graduate students in this program are either committed to child-centered approaches to curriculum development in K–12 PE and/or wish to make a change in people’s lives by enhancing their wellbeing through physical activity. We offer a wide range of research-based courses are specifically designed to bring rigorous intellectual engagement, commitment to social change, and innovative curricula together for nurturing and promoting lifelong and meaningful active lifestyles.
Our M.A. in Curriculum & Teaching in Physical Education focuses on the area of movement sciences called physical education and culture.
Our work examines how sociocultural, political, and economic forces have an impact on the body, school PE, physical activity, fitness, and health. In today’s context of public health, we are particularly interested in understanding how health disparities, structural inequalities, and the materiality of the socio-educational and economic resources young people have access to in the local community contexts of their daily lives inform their physicality development and health.
We offer an M.A. in Physical Education with either initial or professional certification.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology is a full-time program that prepares researchers in the areas of Movement Sciences and Kinesiology for research-intensive positions at Research I Universities and Academic Medical Centers.
The concentration in Physical Culture focuses on research that employs qualitative methodologies that position children and young people as active agents, enabling them to voice, express, and represent their experiences in meaningful, creative, and contextualized ways. We adopt research methodologies that have the potential to make inequalities and inequities visible in order to create social change. In our visual research, we use community-based arts centers, schools, and art galleries as sites of public and critical pedagogy for social change, showcasing participants’ own visual representations of the significance of physical activity in their lives. We use art exhibitions as pedagogical spaces for youth’s expression in the attempt to legitimate, recognize, and communicate the ways in which they talk, feel, and represent their embodied experiences to the public, beyond the boundaries of academia.
Dr. Laura Azzarito presents on school curricula as a critical piece to empower young people and help them deal with the media's exclusion and misrepresentation of their bodies.