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Program Description

The Program of Movement Sciences and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University excels in graduate education and research in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology, including Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, and Physical Education.  The programs have a long tradition of excellence that have grown out of ground-breaking programs in physical education and health, motor learning, and kinesiology, as well as a long succession of highly recognized faculty and influential researchers. All programs are designed to allow flexibility in curriculum planning, and in consultation with an advisor, students may arrange a flexibly-designed program of study cutting across specialization in the movement sciences that will meet their professional needs and academic interests.

Overview of Movement Science and Education and Kinesiology Program Sub-concentrations

  • The Applied (Exercise) Physiology concentration involves the study of the integrative physiology of exercise, focusing on the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise across the lifespan. The effects of exercise training on sports performance and physical and mental health are emphasized. The program emphasizes the application of scientific evidence to the practice of exercise physiology. 

  • The Motor Learning and Control concentration focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills across the lifespan 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. Our program has a long history of shaping the field of movement sciences, including promoting the application of motor learning principles to applied professions such as physical education, coaching and physical rehabilitation. 

  • The Physical Education concentration is committed to the study of physical education, physical culture, physical activity and health to understand the complex links between the body, identity, society, pedagogy and social justice issues. Physical culture is the study of human physical movement performed in a wide range of domains such as PE, sport, health, dance and recreation from a critical perspective.  All programs are designed to allow flexibility in program planning, and in consultation with an advisor, students may arrange a flexibly-designed program of study cutting across specialization in the movement sciences that will meet their professional needs and academic interests

  • Movement Science Doctoral Programs with concentration in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (EdD). The Physical and Occupational Therapy tracks are programs designed for licensed physical and occupational therapists who are seeking post-professional doctoral-level education.  The programs utilize the rich academic resources already available within the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College, and provide students with additional knowledge on the application of movement sciences to content areas within physical and occupational therapy. These tracks provide an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the specialization of physical and occupational therapy that are taught by the faculty in physical therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

  • Kinesiology Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is awarded under an Agreement with Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and has special requirements; students are referred to the doctoral degree requirements (See “Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy” in the bulletin from the Office of Doctoral Studies). The Ph.D. program is a research-intensive degree, and students are expected to engage in full- time study, which includes a series of approximately three successively independent research projects or the equivalent (such as a large intervention or multi-year study) during their program. Preliminary studies may be published prior to graduation, but the final study may be published only after the awarding of the degree. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy are expected to have high-quality research experience in movement and exercise sciences, including a written document such as a Masters Thesis or research article as the primary author prior to admission to the program.  Students in the Ph.D. program can concentrate in Applied Physiology, Motor Learning and Control or Physical Education.

Degrees

  • Master of Arts

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Applied (Exercise) Physiology concentration involves the study of the integrative physiology of exercise, focusing on the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise across the lifespan. The effects of exercise training on sports performance and physical and mental health are emphasized. The program emphasizes the application of scientific evidence to the practice of exercise physiology. Students in the applied physiology program study physical activity behavior, the physiological and psychological effects of acute and chronic exercise, how exercise influences physical and mental health, sports performance, and  the promotion of physical activity in community, clinical, and public health settings. Students can apply their academic work to jobs that involve exercise testing and training, including programs designed to improve sports performance,  health and physical fitness in healthy individuals, in people with or at risk for chronic illness or disability, movement arts, and in community, clinical, research, and public health settings. The program also may serve as a stepping-stone to medical, professional schools, and doctoral studies.

      The Master of Arts (M.A.) program emphasizes bridging science and practice. The overarching objective of the program is to develop competence in practical skills and critical thinking skills that facilitate applying scientific knowledge to practice within the student’s professional field. The program can be individualized to span the movement sciences and includes at least two Teachers College courses (for a total of 6 points) in programs outside of the movement sciences (i.e., non “BBSR” courses), such as neuroscience, nutrition education, health education, and other programs.

      The Masters of Arts program in Applied Physiology requires a minimum of 32 points of graduate study, and it typically takes twelve months of full-time, or two years of part-time study. Full time students who wish to graduate in May-- or who have no previous formal study in Kinesiology/Movement Science-related field-- are strongly advised to start the program in the Summer semester.

      The Program has five components:

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

      2. Development of clinical practice skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.

      3. Research training to enable students to read and interpret original research.

      4. Elective courses to meet specific needs, which may be taken throughout the Teachers College in an area of your choice.

      5. A culminating examination or project integrating material from Applied Physiology coursework.

      SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS/ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES

      While students have come from a variety of fields, the following backgrounds are most appropriate: kinesiology, movement sciences, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, athletic training, movement arts, biology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing, health sciences, public health, health education, and psychology. Students with strong academic records who have deficiencies in their science backgrounds, may be admitted on a provisional basis with the understanding that these deficiencies will be remedied with appropriate courses taken in addition to those required for the M.A. degree.

      Prospective students should communicate with an academic advisor to discuss program plans prior to admission. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the college to meet with faculty. If desired, it may be possible to audit a class or seminar session during your visit. 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.

      PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

      The Masters of Arts program in Applied Physiology requires a minimum of 32 points. These courses come from the required core courses, electives in movement sciences, and breadth elective courses taken outside of the program. In addition, students who enter the program without prior formal study in Kinesiology, Movement, or Exercise Sciences or a closely-related field may be required to take coursework in addition to these program requirements, and it is strongly recommended they start in the summer semester if at all possible. All students must complete a final comprehensive examination or integrative project. No transfer credit from other graduate schools is awarded for Master of Arts students.  Students are expected to consult with the Registrar’s Office or website for additional information about degree requirements, policies and procedures:

      https://www.tc.columbia.edu/registrar/students/degree-information--degree-audit/degree-requirements/

      The specific requirements for the M.A. program in Applied Physiology are described below:

      Required Core Courses (minimum of 15 points)

      Students are required to complete all of the following courses with a grade of B or better. Students who earn grades of B- or below will need to retake those courses or an alternate course with approval of the program director and will incur additional tuition charges.

      • BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I (3)
      • BBSR 5594 Applied Physiology 2 (3) 
      • BBSR 4195 Applied physiology laboratory I (3)
      • BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II (3)
      • BBSR 5582 Research Design in the Movement Sciences (3) OR
      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences (3) 

      Electives in Movement Sciences and Education (BBSR) (9-12 points).

      Students are required to take at least three additional BBSR courses (for a minimum of 9 points) in addition to the core required courses.  These electives may include, but are not limited to, the following BBSR courses:

      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences and Education (3)

      • BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      • BBSR 4054 Anatomy and Physiology (3)

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      • BBSR 4050 Biomechanical Analysis of human movement (3)

      • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (2-3)

      • BBSR 4070 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sports/Exercise (2-3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3)

      • BBSR 4900 Research and Independent Study in Movement Science and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5028 Motor Development (2-3)

      • BBSR 5055 Basis of Motor Control (3)

      • BBSR 5057 Movement disorders (3)

      • BBSR 5095 Exercise and health (3)

      • BBSR 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription (3)

      • BBSR 5101 Scientific Basis of Exercise and Weight Management (3)

      • BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education (3 credits)

      • BBSR 5151Introduction to Programming for Signal Analysis of Biobehavioral Signals (2-3)

      • BBSR 5200 Fieldwork in Movement Sciences and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5195 Advanced Applied Physiology Laboratory (3)

      • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1-3)

      Elective Courses for Those Planning for Health and Fitness Professional Certifications

      Any student considering taking a professional certification should discuss course selection with program faculty and also check the certification requirements posted by the certifying organization. Please note it is possible that you may need to take extra courses above the 32 point requirement to meet the requirements to sit for some professional certifications.

      Students in MA programs in Applied Physiology can meet the curricular requirements for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) certifications, as long as certain elective courses are taken in addition to the required core courses, or these courses were taken in previous study. The courses you elect will depend on the certification you select and your previous undergraduate study. For those interested in the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), there are currently no specific course requirements to take the examination beyond the core course requirements, however, there may be elective courses that will add to your preparation such as the courses listed below:

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3) OR BBSR 4050 Biomechanical Analysis of human movement (3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3) 

      • BBSR 4070 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sports/Exercise (2-3)

      • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2), ·  

      • BBSR 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription (3)

      Further information about the CSCS certification can be found here: https://www.nsca.com/cscs-exam-prerequisites/#bd

      American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications requirements can be found here:  http://certification.acsm.org

      Breadth Courses outside of Movement Sciences and Education (minimum of 6 points).

      Breadth elective courses must be taken in any program or department at Teachers College, except Movement Sciences (BBSR) courses. Please see the academic schedule and academic catalog for a full list of available courses. Popular breadth elective courses for students in Applied Physiology have included courses in Biobehavioral Sciences (BBS), Health Education (HBSS), Nutrition (HBSV), Diabetes Education (HBSD), Neuroscience and Education (BBSN), and Statistics (HUDM). Please note that courses taken at Columbia Schools outside of Teachers College cannot count toward the breadth elective requirement, but they may count toward your degree if approved by your advisor, as long as other degree requirements are met. It is recommended that you discuss your electives with your advisor or program faculty for assistance in selecting courses that may contribute toward your educational and career goals.

      Here is a partial list of popular breadth courses in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences to consider:

      • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2)
      • BBS 5068 Brain and Behavior I Communication in the nervous system (1-2)
      • BBS 5069 Brain and Behavior II (1-2)
      • BBSN 4000 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
      • BBSN 4003 Foundations of Neuroscience (3)
      • BBSN 5122 Psychoneuroimmunology and Education

      Research Seminar (minimum of 3 points required for those choosing the Final Integrative Project Option)

      Registration and attendance at a research seminar is required for all who choose the Integrative Final Project option. Students should expect to register in seminar during all semesters when working on an Integrative project, with at least 3 points over one or more semesters.  Students who have selected the Comprehensive Examination option and who are interested in research may elect to attend research seminar; this course can count toward the Movement Science (BBSR) elective.

      • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1-3)

      Recommended Background Courses for Students Entering without Prior Study in Kinesiology, Movement or Exercise Sciences.

      It is recommended that students who come in without prior formal study in Kinesiology, Movement or Exercise Sciences take one or more of the following courses in addition to the program requirements outlined above. Some of these courses can be taken in the summer so a summer semester start may be advisable. Students should consult with their program advisor about taking additional courses. The courses that may be recommended can include one or more of the following:

      • BBSR 4054 Anatomy and Physiology (3)

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3)

      Comprehensive Examination or Integrative Final Project

      A comprehensive examination or integrative final project is required for the M.A. degree in Applied Physiology. The comprehensive examination option is strongly recommended for most M.A. students. The decision to complete the integrative project should be made early in the program in consultation with your advisor or program faculty, as this takes at least two semesters to complete and requires registration in BBSR 5595 Research Seminar in Applied Physiology for at least one semesters (ideally during the proposal development and writing phase on the project).

      The comprehensive examination is given during Fall, Spring, and Summer A semesters. The examination covers the content of the required core courses and can be completed as soon as these required core courses are completed. Arrangements to sit for the examination can be made with the Applied Physiology Program Director the semester before you plan to take the examination.

      The Integrative Final Project may consist of one of the following:

      • A scholarly review of research in applied physiology and movement sciences within a topical area drawing application to practice

      • An educational project including the development of an assessment instrument/method for clinical or educational practice or a presentation for a continuing education, health promotion, or physical activity program

      • An applied research project under the mentorship of a doctoral student or program faculty member

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      Part of the Movement Sciences program, the Physical Education & Physical Culture Program 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 and health promotion, sports and recreational settings. The Master of Arts degree is designed for individuals whose career goals include teaching in schools, teaching or assuming leadership positions in community education programs, fitness and health management, coaching, and related areas.  Students 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. 

      The Physical Education and Physical Culture Program prepares students to re-engage marginalized populations with contemporary, critical, and thoughtful pedagogical practices and culturally relevant curricula. The program’s unique emphasis on social change and social justice prepares students to teach and engage with new and diverse urban communities, placing school PE, health, fitness, and physical activity as crucial sites for social change. Throughout the program, graduate students learn about the most contemporary, culturally relevant, and progressive theory-based curriculum models to implement in “real world” school PE, fitness, health, sports, and recreational settings. Learning how to create and implement constructivist curricula that aim to engage the interests of a diverse population is essential in order to meet the sociocultural, emotional, and educational needs of all children and young people. Individuals in this program learn how to develop awareness and mindfulness of issues of diversity, stereotypes, and discrimination as well as sociocultural, economic, and political factors impacting children’s and young people’s physicality in detrimental ways. In particular, graduate students learn to interrogate, analyze, and construct knowledge of the moving body and inequalities from pedagogical, critical, and sociocultural perspectives.

      Graduate students then learn to work and teach democratically with others to re-imagine the world of PE, health, and physical activity in the interest of all children’s and young people’s right to engage, develop, and express an active physicality in positive, culturally relevant, and meaningful ways. The program offers a wide range of research-based courses specifically designed to bring rigorous intellectual engagement, commitment to social change, and innovative curricula together for nurturing and promoting lifelong and meaningful active lifestyles.  The program is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in selecting courses so that students can choose those experiences that best suit their needs, interests, and professional goals. A total of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete an approved integrative paper.

      Courses are selected from the following categories:

      A minimum of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree. (*R means Required)

       

      COURSES

       

      CREDITS

       

      PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits required)

       

      BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education *R

      Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education *R   

      3

      3

      BBSR 4080 Teaching in Physical Education 

      3

      BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education 

      Fieldwork in analysis of teaching Physical Education

      3

      3

      BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education *R

      3

      BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education *R

      3

      Total number of physical education credits

      (15 credits required)

       

      RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits required)

      BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences *R

      3

      Total number of research methods credits

      (3 credits required)

       

      MOVEMENT SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COURSES (6-14 credits)

      BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation

      3

      BBSR 4005 Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

      3

      BBSR 4095 Applied Physiology I

      3

      BBSR 5028 Motor Development

      3

      BBSR 4060 Motor learning   *R

      3

      BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education

      3

      Total number of movement science and education credits

      (minimum 6 credits up to 14 credits)

       

      HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4000 Introduction to Nutrition

      3

      BBSR 5095 Exercise & Health

      3

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4110 Health Promotion for Children & Adolescents

      3

      HBSS 4150 Sport Nutrition

      3

      Total number of health education credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      3

      CCPJ 4180  LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      HBSS 4016 Health Education for Teachers

      3

      C&T 5199   Culturally Responsive Curriculum

      3

      ITSF 5008  Gender, Education & International Development

      3

      C&T 5563   Explore Gender and Sexuality in Practice

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education

      3

      C&T 4010   Immigration & Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4032   Gender Difference and Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4000   Disability, Exclusion, Schooling

      3

      Total number of electives credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FROM ALL ABOVE

      (MINIMUM 32 CREDITS REQUIRED)

       

      Concentration in Physical Culture and Education

      Suggested courses:

      ELECTIVES

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education 

      3

      C&T   5199 Culturally Responsive Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4180 LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      ITSF  5008 Gender, Education, & International Development

      3

      C&T   5563 Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Curriculum Practice 

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education  

      3

      C&T   4010 Immigration & Curriculum 

      3

      C&T   4032 Gender Difference and Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4000 Disability, Exclusion, Schooling 

      3

      Integrative Paper

      In addition to the satisfactory completion of the coursework, each student is required to complete an integrative paper.  For the Integrative paper, the research topic must be approved by the Program Director (required course: BBSR4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences). Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Motor Learning & Control (Major Code: MTLG) is designed to provide students with a broad background in movement sciences and related

      The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Motor Learning & Control (Major Code: MTLG) is designed to provide students with a broad background in movement sciences and related areas. This program is designed for students seeking broad study of motor learning and control. Students with any undergraduate major will be considered, The program provides content relevant to students from a range of applied areas, including dance, Pilates, yoga, movement practitioners (e.g. Feldenkrais Method, Alexander technique), physical and occupational therapists, coaches, and trainers. Students can use this degree as a stepping stone for subsequent application to medical, physical therapy or occupational therapy schools, or doctoral study in kinesiology or rehabilitation sciences.

      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 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.

      The M.A. program emphasizes bridging between the movement sciences and clinical or educational practice. The objective is to develop a comprehensive and coherent view of theory and research that can be applied to practice within the student’s professional field.

      The program requires 32 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 Teachers College 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 M.A. and may involve one of three options:

      1. A scholarly review of research and theory within a topical area drawing application to educational or clinical practice.

      2. An educational project including the development of an assessment instrument/method for clinical or educational practice or a presentation for a continuing education program.

      3. A basic or applied research study under the advisement of a faculty member or advanced doctoral student (note this option is required if considering doctoral study).

      For the M.A. degree, students may also, in consultation with their faculty advisor, create a flexibly-designed program of study cutting across specialization areas (Motor learning & control, Applied exercise physiology, Physical education) which will meet their professional needs and academic interests. The M.A. program can be completed in 12-18 months of full-time study or two to three years of part-time study (depending on the student’s other responsibilities).

      Special Admission Requirements/Academic Prerequisites

      While students have come from a variety of fields, the following backgrounds are most appropriate: movement sciences, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, dance, athletic training, biology, nutrition, nursing, and psychology. Students with strong academic records, who have deficiencies in their science backgrounds, may be admitted with the understanding that these deficiencies will be remedied with appropriate courses.

      Students are required to complete all of the following courses with a grade of B or better. Students who earn grades B- or below will need to retake those courses and will be charged tuition again. It is recommended that prospective students communicate with an academic advisor to discuss program plans prior to admission. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the college for at least half a day to meet with faculty and current students, to audit a course or seminar, and to become acquainted with research areas and resources. 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.

      Course Work Requirements 

      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:  Students will enroll in this competency-based course during their last year of study to immerse themselves in current research in motor learning and control, as well as receive advisement on their final project. Note that if all coursework is complete but the student has not completed the final project, students must continue to enroll for 1 point (above and beyond the 32 points) each semester until the project is complete.



      Substantive Study (minimum 3 credits)

      BBS

      4005

      Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      BBSR

      4055

      Neuromotor processes (3)

      BBSR 

      4090

      Physical fitness, weight control and relaxation (3)

      BBSR 

      4095

      Applied physiology I (3)

      BBSR

      5050

      Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography (3)

      BBSR

      5057

      Movement disorders (3)

      BSRR

      5095

      Exercise and health (3)

      BBSR

      4070

      Psychosocial aspects of sports and exercise (3)

      BBSR

      5199

      Conference seminar (3)

      Laboratory Courses (minimum 3 credits)

      BBSR

      4151

      Laboratory methods in biomechanics (3)

      BBSR

      4195

      Applied physiology laboratory I (3)

      BBSR

      5151

      Introduction to the analysis of biomechanical signals (3)

      BBSR

      5194

      Applied physiology laboratory II (3)

      BBSR

      5195

      Advanced applied physiology laboratory (3)

      Elective Courses (3 credits)

      Students should take 2-3 credits outside the Movement Sciences area (along with required courses BBS 5060 and BBS 5068) to meet the Teachers College breath requirement. Please see the academic schedule and academic catalog for a full list of available courses. Popular breadth elective courses for students in Movement Sciences have included courses in Health and Behavioral Studies (HBSE), Human Development (HUDM), Neuroscience and Education (BBSN), Dance (A&HD), and Measurement and Statistics (HUDM). Please note that courses taken at Columbia Schools outside of Teachers College cannot count toward the breadth elective requirement. It is recommended that you discuss your electives with your advisor or program faculty for assistance in selecting courses that may contribute toward your educational and career goals. Courses outside of Movement Sciences (BBSR) that you use to fulfill core degree requirements and/or research methods requirements can also count toward the breadth requirement.

    • Points/Credits: 36

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Certification:

      • NY State Initial: Physical Education K-12

      Degree Requirements

      Part of the Movement Sciences program, the Physical Education & Physical Culture Program 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 and health promotion, sports and recreational settings. The Master of Arts degree is designed for individuals whose career goals include teaching in schools, teaching or assuming leadership positions in community education programs, fitness and health management, coaching, and related areas.  Students 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. 

      The Physical Education and Physical Culture Program prepares students to re-engage marginalized populations with contemporary, critical, and thoughtful pedagogical practices and culturally relevant curricula. The program’s unique emphasis on social change and social justice prepares students to teach and engage with new and diverse urban communities, placing school PE, health, fitness, and physical activity as crucial sites for social change. Throughout the program, graduate students learn about the most contemporary, culturally relevant, and progressive theory-based curriculum models to implement in “real world” school PE, fitness, health, sports, and recreational settings. Learning how to create and implement constructivist curricula that aim to engage the interests of a diverse population is essential in order to meet the sociocultural, emotional, and educational needs of all children and young people. Individuals in this program learn how to develop awareness and mindfulness of issues of diversity, stereotypes, and discrimination as well as sociocultural, economic, and political factors impacting children’s and young people’s physicality in detrimental ways. In particular, graduate students learn to interrogate, analyze, and construct knowledge of the moving body and inequalities from pedagogical, critical, and sociocultural perspectives.

      Graduate students then learn to work and teach democratically with others to re-imagine the world of PE, health, and physical activity in the interest of all children’s and young people’s right to engage, develop, and express an active physicality in positive, culturally relevant, and meaningful ways. The program offers a wide range of research-based courses specifically designed to bring rigorous intellectual engagement, commitment to social change, and innovative curricula together for nurturing and promoting lifelong and meaningful active lifestyles.  The program is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in selecting courses so that students can choose those experiences that best suit their needs, interests, and professional goals. A total of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete an approved integrative paper.

      Courses are selected from the following categories:

      A minimum of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree. (*R means Required)

       

      COURSES

       

      CREDITS

       

      PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits required)

       

      BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education *R

      Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education *R   

      3

      3

      BBSR 4080 Teaching in Physical Education 

      3

      BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education 

      Fieldwork in analysis of teaching Physical Education

      3

      3

      BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education *R

      3

      BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education *R

      3

      Total number of physical education credits

      (15 credits required)

       

      RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits required)

      BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences *R

      3

      Total number of research methods credits

      (3 credits required)

       

      MOVEMENT SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COURSES (6-14 credits)

      BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation

      3

      BBSR 4005 Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

      3

      BBSR 4095 Applied Physiology I

      3

      BBSR 5028 Motor Development

      3

      BBSR 4060 Motor learning   *R

      3

      BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education

      3

      Total number of movement science and education credits

      (minimum 6 credits up to 14 credits)

       

      HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4000 Introduction to Nutrition

      3

      BBSR 5095 Exercise & Health

      3

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4110 Health Promotion for Children & Adolescents

      3

      HBSS 4150 Sport Nutrition

      3

      Total number of health education credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      3

      CCPJ 4180  LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      HBSS 4016 Health Education for Teachers

      3

      C&T 5199   Culturally Responsive Curriculum

      3

      ITSF 5008  Gender, Education & International Development

      3

      C&T 5563   Explore Gender and Sexuality in Practice

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education

      3

      C&T 4010   Immigration & Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4032   Gender Difference and Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4000   Disability, Exclusion, Schooling

      3

      Total number of electives credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FROM ALL ABOVE

      (MINIMUM 32 CREDITS REQUIRED)

       

      Concentration in Physical Culture and Education

      Suggested courses:

      ELECTIVES

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education 

      3

      C&T   5199 Culturally Responsive Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4180 LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      ITSF  5008 Gender, Education, & International Development

      3

      C&T   5563 Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Curriculum Practice 

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education  

      3

      C&T   4010 Immigration & Curriculum 

      3

      C&T   4032 Gender Difference and Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4000 Disability, Exclusion, Schooling 

      3

      Integrative Paper

      In addition to the satisfactory completion of the coursework, each student is required to complete an integrative paper.  For the Integrative paper, the research topic must be approved by the Program Director (required course: BBSR4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences). Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Certification:

      • Non-Certification Track

      Degree Requirements

      No Description Exists in the Catalog for this Degree

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Certification:

      • NY State Professional: Physical Education K-12

      Degree Requirements

      Part of the Movement Sciences program, the Physical Education & Physical Culture Program 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 and health promotion, sports and recreational settings. The Master of Arts degree is designed for individuals whose career goals include teaching in schools, teaching or assuming leadership positions in community education programs, fitness and health management, coaching, and related areas.  Students 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. 

      The Physical Education and Physical Culture Program prepares students to re-engage marginalized populations with contemporary, critical, and thoughtful pedagogical practices and culturally relevant curricula. The program’s unique emphasis on social change and social justice prepares students to teach and engage with new and diverse urban communities, placing school PE, health, fitness, and physical activity as crucial sites for social change. Throughout the program, graduate students learn about the most contemporary, culturally relevant, and progressive theory-based curriculum models to implement in “real world” school PE, fitness, health, sports, and recreational settings. Learning how to create and implement constructivist curricula that aim to engage the interests of a diverse population is essential in order to meet the sociocultural, emotional, and educational needs of all children and young people. Individuals in this program learn how to develop awareness and mindfulness of issues of diversity, stereotypes, and discrimination as well as sociocultural, economic, and political factors impacting children’s and young people’s physicality in detrimental ways. In particular, graduate students learn to interrogate, analyze, and construct knowledge of the moving body and inequalities from pedagogical, critical, and sociocultural perspectives.

      Graduate students then learn to work and teach democratically with others to re-imagine the world of PE, health, and physical activity in the interest of all children’s and young people’s right to engage, develop, and express an active physicality in positive, culturally relevant, and meaningful ways. The program offers a wide range of research-based courses specifically designed to bring rigorous intellectual engagement, commitment to social change, and innovative curricula together for nurturing and promoting lifelong and meaningful active lifestyles.  The program is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in selecting courses so that students can choose those experiences that best suit their needs, interests, and professional goals. A total of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree.  To qualify for the degree, students must achieve an average of B- or above and complete an approved integrative paper.

      Courses are selected from the following categories:

      A minimum of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the degree. (*R means Required)

       

      COURSES

       

      CREDITS

       

      PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES (15 credits required)

       

      BBSR 5040 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education *R

      Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education *R   

      3

      3

      BBSR 4080 Teaching in Physical Education 

      3

      BBSR 5041 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education 

      Fieldwork in analysis of teaching Physical Education

      3

      3

      BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education *R

      3

      BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education *R

      3

      Total number of physical education credits

      (15 credits required)

       

      RESEARCH METHODS COURSE (3 credits required)

      BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences *R

      3

      Total number of research methods credits

      (3 credits required)

       

      MOVEMENT SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COURSES (6-14 credits)

      BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation

      3

      BBSR 4005 Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

      3

      BBSR 4095 Applied Physiology I

      3

      BBSR 5028 Motor Development

      3

      BBSR 4060 Motor learning   *R

      3

      BBSR 5582 Research Design in Movement Science and Education

      3

      Total number of movement science and education credits

      (minimum 6 credits up to 14 credits)

       

      HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES (0-9 credits)

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4000 Introduction to Nutrition

      3

      BBSR 5095 Exercise & Health

      3

      HBSS 4100 Introduction to Health Education

      3

      HBSS 4110 Health Promotion for Children & Adolescents

      3

      HBSS 4150 Sport Nutrition

      3

      Total number of health education credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      ELECTIVES (0-9 credits)

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      3

      CCPJ 4180  LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      HBSS 4016 Health Education for Teachers

      3

      C&T 5199   Culturally Responsive Curriculum

      3

      ITSF 5008  Gender, Education & International Development

      3

      C&T 5563   Explore Gender and Sexuality in Practice

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education

      3

      C&T 4010   Immigration & Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4032   Gender Difference and Curriculum

      3

      C&T 4000   Disability, Exclusion, Schooling

      3

      Total number of electives credits

      (0-9 credits)

       

      TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FROM ALL ABOVE

      (MINIMUM 32 CREDITS REQUIRED)

       

      Concentration in Physical Culture and Education

      Suggested courses:

      ELECTIVES

      BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education 

      3

      C&T   5199 Culturally Responsive Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4180 LGBT(Q) Issues

      3

      ITSF  5008 Gender, Education, & International Development

      3

      C&T   5563 Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Curriculum Practice 

      3

      MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, and Education  

      3

      C&T   4010 Immigration & Curriculum 

      3

      C&T   4032 Gender Difference and Curriculum 

      3

      CCPJ  4000 Disability, Exclusion, Schooling 

      3

      Integrative Paper

      In addition to the satisfactory completion of the coursework, each student is required to complete an integrative paper.  For the Integrative paper, the research topic must be approved by the Program Director (required course: BBSR4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences). Prior to graduation, the integrative paper must be approved.

  • Master of Education

    • Points/Credits: 60

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Applied (Exercise) Physiology concentration involves the study of the integrative physiology of exercise, focusing on the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise across the lifespan. The effects of exercise training on sports performance and physical and mental health are emphasized. The program emphasizes the application of scientific evidence to the practice of exercise physiology. Students in the applied physiology program study physical activity behavior, the physiological and psychological effects of acute and chronic exercise, how exercise influences physical and mental health, sports performance, and  the promotion of physical activity in community, clinical, and public health settings. Students can apply their academic work to jobs that involve exercise testing and training, including programs designed to improve sports performance,  health and physical fitness in healthy individuals, in people with or at risk for chronic illness or disability, movement arts, and in community, clinical, research, and public health settings. The program also may serve as a stepping-stone to medical, professional schools, and doctoral studies.

      The Master of Education program provides for advanced study in the movement sciences and for individually designed study to meet the student’s professional needs and interests. This program is particularly recommended for students planning on future doctoral study and research careers and those planning to teach at the community college level. The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program emphasizes bridging science and practice and training in the conduct of research. The overarching objective of the program is to develop competence in practical skills and critical thinking skills that facilitate applying scientific knowledge to practice within the student’s professional field. The program can be individualized to cross the Movement Sciences.

      In the Ed.M. program, students can focus on:

      • Preparation as a “scholar of practice,” able to translate research and theory into appropriate clinical or educational strategies;

      • Preparation as a clinical instructor, clinical or educational supervisor, or research coordinator

      • Preparation as for advanced practice of exercise physiology

      • Preparation for study towards the doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.Ph., or M.D.)

      The Program has five components:

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

      2. Development of clinical practice skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.

      3. Research training to enable students to read, interpret, and conduct original research.

      4. Elective courses to meet specific needs, which may be taken throughout the Teachers College and Columbia University  in an area of your choice.

      5. A culminating project integrating material from your coursework.

      SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS/ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES

      While students have come from a variety of fields, the following backgrounds are most appropriate: kinesiology, movement sciences, exercise science, movement arts, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, athletic training, biology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing, health sciences, public health, health education, and psychology. Students with strong academic records who have deficiencies in their science backgrounds, may be admitted on a provisional basis with the understanding that these deficiencies will be remedied with appropriate courses taken in addition to those required for the Ed.M.. degree.

      Prospective students should communicate with an academic advisor to discuss program plans prior to admission. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the college to meet with faculty. If desired, it may be possible to audit a class or seminar session during your visit. 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.

      PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

      The Master of Education program in Applied Physiology requires a minimum of 60 points. These courses come from the required core courses, electives in movement sciences, research methods and statistics, and breadth elective courses taken outside of the program. In addition, students who enter the program without prior formal study in Kinesiology or in Movement or Exercise Sciences or closely-related field may be required to take coursework in addition to these program requirements. All students must complete a final comprehensive integrative project. Students intending to continue study towards the doctoral degree or other professional program should arrange their Ed.M. program to include courses that may be required for doctoral or professional specialization. Some transfer credits from other graduate schools may be awarded for Master of Education students.  Students are expected to consult the Registrar’s Office website for additional information about degree requirements, policies and procedures (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/registrar/pages/degree-information/degree-requirements/).

      The specific requirements for the Ed.M. program in Applied Physiology are described below:

      Required Core Courses (minimum of 15 points)

      Students are required to complete all of the following courses with a grade of B or better. Students who earn grades B- or below will need to retake those courses or an alternate course with approval of the program director and will incur additional tuition charges.

      • BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I (3)
      • BBSR 5594 Applied Physiology 2 (3)
      • BBSR 4195 Applied physiology laboratory I (3)
      • BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II (3)
      • BBSR 5582 Research Design in the Movement Sciences (3) OR
      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences (3) 

      Electives in Movement Sciences and Education (BBSR) (12-15 points).

      Students are required to take at least four additional BBSR courses (for a minimum of 12 points) in addition to the core required courses.  These electives may include, but are not limited to, the following BBSR courses:

      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences and Education (3)

      • BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      • BBSR 4054 Anatomy and Physiology (3)

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      • BBSR 4050 Biomechanical Analysis of human movement (3)

      • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (2-3)

      • BBSR 4070 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sports/Exercise (2-3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3)

      • BBSR 4900 Research and Independent Study in Movement Science and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5028 Motor Development (2-3)

      • BBSR 5055 Basis of Motor Control (3)

      • BBSR 5057 Movement disorders (3)

      • BBSR 5095 Exercise and health (3)

      • BBSR 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription (3)

      • BBSR 5101 Scientific Basis of Exercise and Weight Management (3)

      • BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education (3 credits)

      • BBSR 5151 Introduction to Programming for Signal Analysis of Biobehavioral Signals (2-3)

      • BBSR 5200 Fieldwork in Movement Sciences and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5195 Advanced Applied Physiology Laboratory (3)

      • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1-3)

      Elective Courses for Those Planning for Exercise Professional Certifications

      Any student considering taking a professional certification should discuss course selection with program faculty and also check the certification requirements posted by the certifying organization. Please note it is possible that you may need to take extra courses above the 32 point requirement to meet the requirements to sit for some professional certifications.

      Students in the Ed.M. program in Applied Physiology can meet the curricular requirements for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) certifications, as long as certain elective courses are taken in addition to the required core courses, or these courses were taken in previous study. The courses you elect will depend on the certification you select and your previous undergraduate study. For those interested in the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), there are currently no specific course requirements to take the examination beyond the core course requirements, however, there may be elective courses that will add to your preparation such as the courses listed below:

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3) OR BBSR 4050 Biomechanical Analysis of human movement (3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3) 

      • BBSR 4070 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sports/Exercise (2-3)

      • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2), ·  

      • BBSR 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription (3)

      Further information about the CSCS certification can be found here: https://www.nsca.com/cscs-exam-prerequisites/#bd

      American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications requirements can be found here:  http://certification.acsm.org

      Research Methods and Statistics (minimum of 9 points)

      These courses may include, but are not limited to the following:

      • BBSR 5582 Research Design in the Movement Sciences (3)

      • HUDM4120 Basic concepts in statistics (if no undergraduate statistics) (3)

      • HUD 4120 Methods of Empirical Research

      • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)

      • HUDM 4050 Introduction to Measurement

      • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)

      • HUDM 5123 Linear Models and Experimental Design (3)

      • HUDM 5026 Intro to Data Analysis in R

      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences and Education (3)

      • BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      • Other TC/CU graduate research methods/ statistics courses with approval of advisor

      Research Seminar (minimum 4 points)

      Registration and attendance at research seminar is required for all Ed.M. Students should expect to register in seminar during all semesters when working on Integrative Final project, with at least two semesters required for a minimum of 4 points).

      • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1-3)

      Breadth Courses outside of Movement Sciences and Education (a total 6 points).

      Breadth Elective Courses must be taken in any program or department at Teachers College, except Movement Sciences (BBSR) courses. Please see the academic schedule and academic catalog for a full list of available courses. Popular breadth elective courses for students in Applied Physiology have included courses Health Education (HBSS), Nutrition (HBSV), Diabetes Education (HBSD), and Neuroscience and Education (BBSN). Please note that courses taken at Columbia Schools outside of Teachers College cannot count toward the breadth elective requirement, but they may count toward your degree if approved by your advisor, as long as other degree requirements are met. It is recommended that you discuss your electives with your advisor or program faculty for assistance in selecting courses that may contribute toward your educational and career goals. Courses outside of Movement Sciences (BBSR) that you use to fulfill core degree requirements and/or research methods requirements can also count toward the breadth requirement.

      Here is a partial list of popular breadth courses in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences to consider:

      • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2)
      • BBS 5068 Brain and Behavior I Communication in the nervous system (1-2)
      • BBS 5069 Brain and Behavior II (1-2)
      • BBSN 4000 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
      • BBSN 4003 Foundations of Neuroscience (3)
      • BBSN 5122 Psychoneuroimmunology and Education (3)

      Recommended Background Courses for Students Entering without Prior Study in Kinesiology, Movement or Exercise Sciences.

      It is recommended that students who come in without prior formal study in Kinesiology, Movement or Exercise Sciences take one or more of the following courses in addition to the program requirements outlined above. Some of these courses can be taken in the summer so a summer semester start may be advisable. Students should consult with their program advisor about taking additional courses. The courses that may be recommended can include one or more of the following:

      • BBSR 4054 Anatomy and Physiology (3)
      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)
      • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (3)
      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3)

      Integrative Final Project

      A year-long comprehensive integrative final project is required for the Ed.M. degree in Applied Physiology. The planning to complete the integrative project should be made early in the program in consultation with your advisor or program faculty, as this takes at least two semesters to complete, and requires registration in BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology for at least 2 semesters (at least during the proposal development and writing phase on the project).

      The Integrative Final Project may consist of one of the following:

      • A scholarly systematic review of research in applied physiology and movement sciences
      • An educational project including the development of an assessment instrument/method for clinical or educational practice or a presentation for a continuing education, health promotion or physical activity program
      • An applied research project under the mentorship of a doctoral student or program faculty member
    • Points/Credits: 60

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      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.

    • Points/Credits: 60

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program in Motor Learning (Code: MTLG) 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 preparation as a “scholar of practice” able to translate research and theory into appropriate clinical or educational strategies.  Students considering application to doctoral programs can begin their course of study with the Ed.M. degree. Students intending to continue study towards the doctoral degree should arrange their Ed.M. program to include core courses required for doctoral specialization.

      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.

      Course Work Requirements

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

      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)

      BBSR

      4050

      Biomechanical analysis of human movement (3 points)

      BBSR

      5504

      Research Training Seminar (Section 02) (2 points)

      Note:  Students will enroll in this competency based course during their last year of study to immerse themselves in current research in motor learning and control, as well as receive advisement on their final project. Note that if all coursework is complete but the student has not completed the final project, students must continue to enroll for 1 point (above and beyond the 60 points) each semester until the project is complete..

      Substantive Study (minimum 9 credits)

      BBS

      4005

      Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      BBSR

      4055

      Neuromotor processes (3)

      BBSR 

      4090

      Physical fitness, weight control and relaxation (3)

      BBSR 

      4095

      Applied physiology I (3)

      BBSR

      5050

      Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography (3)

      BBSR

      5057

      Movement disorders (3)

      BSRR

      5095

      Exercise and health (3)

      BBSR

      4070

      Psychosocial aspects of sports and exercise (3)

      BBSR

      5199

      Conference seminar (3)

      Laboratory Courses (minimum 6 credits)

      BBSR  4151 Laboratory methods in biomechanics (3) BBSR  4195 Applied physiology laboratory I (3)

      BBSR

      5151

      Introduction to the analysis of biomechanical signals (3)

      BBSR

      5194

      Applied physiology laboratory II (3)

      BBSR

      5195

      Advanced applied physiology laboratory (3)

      Seminars, tutorials or conferences: minimally 6 credits in movement sciences (BBSR courses)

      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)

      Elective Courses (2-3 credits)

      Students should take 2-3 credits outside the Movement Sciences area (along with required courses BBS 5060 and BBS 5068) to meet the Teachers College breath requirement. Please see the academic schedule and academic catalog for a full list of available courses. Popular breadth elective courses for students in Movement Sciences have included courses in Health and Behavioral Studies (HBSE), Human Development (HUDM), Neuroscience and Education (BBSN), Dance (A&HD), and Measurement and Statistics (HUDM). Please note that courses taken at Columbia Schools outside of Teachers College cannot count toward the breadth elective requirement. It is recommended that you discuss your electives with your advisor or program faculty for assistance in selecting courses that may contribute toward your educational and career goals. Courses outside of Movement Sciences (BBSR) that you use to fulfill core degree requirements and/or research methods requirements can also count toward the breadth requirement.

      Individual program (minimum 12 points)

      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).

      Special Admission Requirements/Academic Prerequisites

      While students have come from a variety of fields, the following backgrounds are most appropriate: movement sciences, kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, dance, athletic training, biology, nutrition, nursing, and psychology. Students with strong academic records, who have deficiencies in their science backgrounds, may be admitted with the understanding that these deficiencies will be remedied with appropriate courses.

      It is recommended that prospective students communicate with an academic advisor to discuss program plans prior to admission. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the college for at least half a day to meet with faculty and current students, to audit a course or seminar, and to become acquainted with research areas and resources. 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.

  • Doctor of Education

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Applied (Exercise) Physiology concentration involves the study of the integrative physiology of exercise, focusing on the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise across the lifespan. The effects of exercise training on sports performance and physical and mental health are emphasized. The program emphasizes the application of scientific evidence to the practice of exercise physiology. Students in the applied physiology program study physical activity behavior, the physiological and psychological effects of acute and chronic exercise, how exercise influences physical and mental health, sports performance, and  the promotion of physical activity in community, clinical, and public health settings. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is a full- or part-time program that prepares leaders who are "scholars of practice," able to draw valid applications from research presently available in Movement Sciences and Education. Graduates of the Ed.D. program go on to have successful careers as educators in higher education settings, clinicians, researchers, and administrators.

      Doctor of Education in Applied Physiology

      The goal of the Doctor of Education with specialization in Applied Physiology is to prepare doctoral students to pursue scholarly and scientific work. Students are expected to contribute significantly to the completion of at least one comprehensive research project prior to initiation of their dissertation proposal. The skills developed during completion of this project will enable students to carry out their dissertation project independently. Students are encouraged to present the work leading up to the dissertation proposal at national meetings and to contribute to the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals. Research may be completed in the applied physiology laboratories at Teachers College or in another clinical/research setting. If the work is completed outside of Teachers College, students are expected to demonstrate that they have contributed significantly to the completion of the required projects. All work (either at Teachers College or outside of the College) must be developed and completed in conjunction with advisement of Movement Science faculty. The preliminary work may be published prior to graduation, but the final study may only be published upon completion of the degree. All Ed.D. students are encouraged to write a grant to obtain pre-doctoral fellowship funding to support their research and to provide some training in grantsmanship.

      ADMISSION

      Applicants are expected to satisfy the following requirements for admission:

      1. Prior completion of both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program (with a major in movement sciences or closely related field at either or both levels). Students who have deficiencies may be required to take additional courses in addition to the points required for the degree or recommended to apply to the Ed.M. program to make up the deficiencies prior to applying for the doctoral program.

      2. A record of superior academic achievement as evidenced by the grades received in undergraduate and graduate course work.

      3. Letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate’s academic and professional achievements should attest to the applicant’s capability for successful doctoral study.

      4. The applicant’s written personal statement (accompanying the application) should provide evidence of the ability to communicate effectively in writing and should provide an initial indication that the program is compatible with their professional goals. A key part of the admissions process is a research interest compatible with a faculty member in the Movement Sciences.

      5. Each applicant should submit one additional writing sample, such as a term paper, thesis, or published article, so that academic writing skills can be assessed.  For Ph.D. students, the writing sample must be a thesis or research article in which the applicant had a primary role.  In cases where a thesis is in progress, a research proposal may be acceptable at the discretion of the faculty in Movement Sciences. The writing sample should be submitted directly to the program coordinator.

      6. In most cases, an interview will be required to clarify any unresolved issues related to the applicant’s qualifications and interests; and to make certain that the area of study is compatible with the applicant’s professional goals, and that the area of research interest can be supported by a faculty member in Movement Sciences.  In instances where applicants are a long distance from campus, telephone interviews, videoconferences, or interviews at professional meetings may be scheduled.

      Former Teachers College doctoral students who have not registered in the last five years must apply for readmission through the Office of Admission. Applications for re-admission follow the same processes and standards as those for initial admission. If readmitted, current degree requirements must be satisfied.

      Advisement And Program Planning

      Prior to registration, newly admitted students meet individually with their faculty advisor to plan the initial phases of their programs. A tentative plan for the first year or two of study is developed—subject to change as the need arises.  Part-time and full-time programs are arranged depending on the student’s circumstances. At an early stage in the planning process, students develop a written “plan for meeting program objectives” that allows adequate time for graduate study during each semester of enrollment and provides for meeting all program requirements within a reasonable period of time. Individual advisement meetings are scheduled frequently throughout the student’s tenure in the program and may be initiated by either the student or faculty member. These meetings may be used to plan programs, provide feedback, review past work, deal with school-related problems, discuss research, or discuss other issues.

      Program of Study

      Doctoral study is a multifaceted undertaking. It includes: course work, field and/or laboratory projects, tutorial conferences, informal seminars and colloquia, apprentice research, peer analyses and review, independent library and laboratory research, and informal interchanges among students and faculty. The doctoral program in Movement Sciences/ Kinesiology is flexible, allowing students to develop skills that will help them reach their career goals. Each student develops competencies in Movement Sciences/Kinesiology and in research methods and includes Teachers College courses in programs outside of the movement sciences (such as nutrition education, health education, and other programs).

      Ed.D. Program Requirements

      The following Doctor of Education in Applied Physiology program description concentrates on describing course requirements. It is important to recognize that these are only the more formal and identifiable features of the program. A minimum of 90 credits of relevant graduate coursework is required for the degree, 45 credits of which must be completed at Teachers College or Columbia University. Students who complete a master’s degree at another university normally transfer approximately 20-30 credits and therefore enroll for approximately 60 credits of coursework at Teachers College during their doctoral program. Students should check with the Office of Doctoral Studies periodically to ensure they are meeting all College-wide requirements for the degree. In addition, students should be familiar with the most recent version of the document entitled, “Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education" for additional college-wide requirements (available at: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/doctoral/requirements/).

      Courses are chosen in consultation with an advisor. Previously completed graduate course work may be substituted, as appropriate, for the recommended experiences listed below when approved by the advisor.  Each student and the advisor develop a program that will help the student meet his or her goals and successfully complete the dissertation.

      Students are required to be in continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 points of Teachers College course credit or for dissertation advisement, in each fall and spring term, starting with the term following successful completion of the certification examination or following the term in which the dissertation proposal was approved in a departmental hearing, whichever comes first, and continuing until all requirements for the degree are met. If registering for course work to meet the continuous registration requirement, students normally will register for the research seminar in applied physiology. Certification examinations are not given in the summer except in exceptional circumstances, and students who take the examination in the summer term are not usually evaluated by program faculty until the fall term. Consequently, these students will not be obligated for continuous enrollment until the following spring term. The obligation to register continuously ends after the dissertation has received final approval. The following is a list of the minimal requirements for the Ed.D. degree in Applied Physiology.

      Required Core Courses (minimum of 15 points)

      Students are required to complete the core courses required of M.A. and Ed.M. students or the equivalent in previous graduate studies with a grade of B or better. Students who earn grades B- or below will need to retake those courses or an alternate course with approval of the program director and will incur additional tuition charges.

      • BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I (3)

      • BBSR 5594 Applied Physiology 2 (3)

      • BBSR 4195 Applied physiology laboratory I (3)

      • BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II (3)

      • BBSR 5582 Research Design in the Movement Sciences (3) 

      Electives in Movement Sciences and Education (BBSR) (minimum of 15 points).

      Students are required to take at least five additional BBSR courses (for a minimum of 15 points) in addition to the core required courses.  These electives may include, but are not limited to, the following BBSR courses:

      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences and Education (3)

      • BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      • BBSR 4054 Anatomy and Physiology (3)

      • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)

      • BBSR 4050 Biomechanical Analysis of human movement (3)

      • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (2-3)

      • BBSR 4070 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Sports/Exercise (2-3)

      • BBSR 4090 Physical Fitness, Weight Control and Relaxation (2-3)

      • BBSR 4900 Research and Independent Study in Movement Science and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5028 Motor Development (2-3)

      • BBSR 5055 Basis of Motor Control (3)

      • BBSR 5057 Movement disorders (3)

      • BBSR 5095 Exercise and health (3)

      • BBSR 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription (3)

      • BBSR 5101 Scientific Basis of Exercise and Weight Management (3)

      • BBSR 5120 Critical issues in Physical Culture and Education (3 credits)

      • BBSR 5151 Introduction to Programming for Signal Analysis of Biobehavioral Signals (2-3)

      • BBSR 5200 Fieldwork in Movement Sciences and Education (1-3)

      • BBSR 5195 Advanced Applied Physiology Laboratory (3)

      Research Methods and Statistics (minimum of 12 points)

      These courses may include, but are not limited to the following:

      • HUDM4120 Basic concepts in statistics (if no undergraduate statistics) (3)

      • HUD 4120 Methods of Empirical Research

      • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)

      • HUDM 4050 Introduction to Measurement

      • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)

      • HUDM 5123 Linear Models and Experimental Design (3)

      • HUDM 5026 Intro to Data Analysis in R

      • BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences and Education (3)

      • BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

      • Other TC/CU graduate research methods/ statistics courses with approval of advisor

      Research Seminar (1-3 points each semester)

      Registration and attendance at research seminar is required for all Ed.D. during all semesters of enrollment, unless there is an approved reason for non-enrollment, such as a course scheduling conflict, with a maximum of 18 points counted toward degree. Students should expect to register in seminar during all semesters for 1-3 points, depending on the proposed work to be completed as agreed with the seminar instructor. Note that if this course is being used to satisfy continuous registration requirements, seminar may be taken for 3 points

      • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1-3)

      Elective Cognate Courses at Teachers College,  Columbia University or through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium

      Students take elective courses in cognate areas to help them develop additional competencies that will help them reach career goals or gain deeper understanding of the theoretical and scientific bases for their dissertation research—there are many hundreds of courses from which to select at Teachers College and Columbia University. In addition, students may take graduate courses at other Universities through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC). IUDC registration is open to TC doctoral students who are beyond their first year of study.  Popular elective courses for students in Applied Physiology have included courses Health Education (HBSS), Nutrition (HBSV), Diabetes Education (HBSD), and Neuroscience and Education (BBSN).

      Further information about policies and procedures for cross registration Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC) are available at the Registrar’s Office or website:

      https://www.tc.columbia.edu/registrar/students/registration/cross-registration-for-tc-students/

      CERTIFICATION

      When students have completed at least 60-65 of the total points required for the Ed.D. degree and have completed a pilot research study and literature review, they are evaluated for "certification," a stage of doctoral study which represents full candidacy for the degree. To achieve certification, the student must complete the certification examination, a literature review, and submit a program plan.  A review committee assesses the student’s entire record. The decision of the committee is then forwarded to the Office of Doctoral studies for the Teachers College Ed.D. Committee to take final action on the candidate’s certification.  (See “Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education” for more information: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/doctoral/requirements/).

      DISSERTATION

      Each student completes a dissertation that focuses on a research question in applied physiology.  Through coursework, the research seminar, working as an apprentice in the research of faculty and more advanced students, and pilot studies, students develop the skills to complete the dissertation. Many types of questions and methodologies, appropriate to applied physiology research, may be employed in completing the dissertation. The dissertation research is expected to address a complex research problem and to be of sufficient quality to result in at least three publications to be published in a top journal, one of which may be a systematic review.

      Throughout the process, the student works closely with his or her advisor on the design and conduct of the doctoral dissertation. Thereafter the student works under the supervision of a dissertation committee until the dissertation is completed.  Once the dissertation is successfully defended, it is expected that students will share what they have learned by presenting at professional meetings and publishing one or more articles.

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      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.

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      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.

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Spring/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Occupational Therapy track in Movement Sciences will prepare scholars to conduct research on critical issues related to movement habilitation and rehabilitation.  The program track focuses on behavioral processes underlying the learning and control of movements, the neural processes underlying motorlearning, motor development, and performance of functional motor action. The program also focuses on translating basic science information to design and evaluate interventions to

      target impairments of the motor system, in order to prevent or improve activity limitations and

      participation restrictions.

       

      This degree is directed toward preparing the current and the next generation of leaders in Occupational Therapy with interests in movement and daily function. These leaders will assume professorial roles in Universities and Colleges within departments of Occupational Therapy. The degree may lead to:

      • Tenure-track faculty position in Occupational Therapy departments emphasizing teaching and applied research
      • Research Coordinator (university, hospital, clinic)
      • Director/Administrator (university, teaching hospital)

       

       

      Coursework

       

      The Occupational 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 occupational therapy. The track provides an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the

      specialization of occupational therapy that are taught by the faculty in occupational 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 occupational therapy, and elective courses in movement science, occupational therapy and related areas.

       

      1. 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.

       

      1. 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. The coursework entails 45 credits at Teachers College/CUIMC and we expect students with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy to transfer the remaining 45 credits.

       

      Movement Sciences (Occupational Therapy) Coursework

       

      The required coursework includes the following:

       

      Movement science foundations (15 credits)

      BBSR 4060 Motor learning (2 credits)

      BBSR 4161 Motor learning laboratory (1 credit)

      BBSR 4050 Analysis of human movement (3 credits)

      BBSR 6564 Advanced topics in neuromotor processes (3 credits)

      BBSR 5860 Motor Learning Conference (1 credit)

      BBSR 6563 Movement sciences conference seminar (2 credits)

      BBSR 5504 Research Training in Motor Learning & Control (3 credits) (to be taken semester of dissertation defense for 3 credits in conjunction with zero credits of 8900).

       

      Biostatistics and research methods (9 credits)

      BBSR 5582 Research design in the movement sciences (3)

      HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)

      HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis (3)

      HUDM 5123 Linear Models and Experimental design (3)

       

      Occupational Therapy (15 points to be taken in the OT program)

       

      Required (9 points selected in consultation with advisor)

      OTM8101 Advanced theories of intervention (3)

      Clinical Reasoning (3)

      Applied Clinical Reasoning Seminar (3)

      Advanced Evidenced Based Practice (3)

       

      Electives

      OTM 8100 Theory in a Practice Profession (2)

      OTM8520 xyz Administrative Practicum (3)

      OTM8520 xyz Teaching Practicum (3)

      OTM8550 Advanced Theories of Pediatric Intervention (3)

      OTM 8140 Indirect Service (2)

      OTM8110 Thesis Seminar (1)

      Occupational Science (3)

      HP8530 Multidimensional assessment of older adults (3)

      PH6230 Overview of Geriatrics / Gerontology (3)

      PH6530 Principles of Admin. & Program Dev. (3)

       

      Electives at Teachers College in consultation with supervisor (6 credits)

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Spring/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Physical Therapy track in Movement Sciences will prepare scholars to conduct research on critical issues related to movement habilitation and rehabilitation.  The program track focuses on behavioral processes underlying the learning and control of movements, the neural processes underlying motor

      learning, motor development, and performance of functional motor action. The program

      also focuses on translating basic science information to design and evaluate interventions to

      target impairments of the motor system, in order to prevent or improve activity limitations and

      participation restrictions.

       

      On completion of the Doctoral Program the student will:

      • Possess the theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform original basic and applied

      (clinical) research leading to scientific presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and

      compete for extramural funding through grant writing.

      • Possess a breadth and depth of knowledge in the musculoskeletal or neuromuscular

      specialty areas as they relate to impairment, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.

      • Possess theoretical and practical skills required to teach at the professional entry-level

      and post-professional levels within the academic community.

       

       

      Coursework

       

      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.

       

      1. 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.

       

      1. 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.

       

       

      Movement Sciences (Physical Therapy) Coursework

       

      The required course includes the following:

       

      Movement science foundations (12 credits)

      Movement science applications to physical therapy (15 credits)

      Biostatistics and research methods (9 credits)

      Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

      Physical Therapy Doctoral Seminar (minimum 6 credits)

       

      The EdD in Movement Sciences (Physical Therapy) can be taken full-time or part time to accommodate practicing physical therapists. The expected length of the full-time program is 4 years, and part-time 6 years.

       

       

  • Doctor of Philosophy

    • Points/Credits: 75

      Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      We offer a full-time PhD in Kinesiology with students specializing either in motor learning and control, applied physiology or physical education. The Ph.D. program requires a full-time commitment to graduate studies and students should not expect to hold outside employment during their studies. This commitment will ensure that advisement, research activities, and course work can be completed to the degree of competence that is expected in a research-intensive degree program. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy emphasizes research and intensive specialization in a field of scholarship.

      The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology are: satisfactory completion of a planned program of 75 graduate points beyond the Baccalaureate; submission of a statement of total program indicating periods of intensive study subsequent to the first year of graduate study which accompanies the program plan of study; satisfactory performance on a departmental Certification Examination; and preparation and defense of a research dissertation. In addition, doctoral students in Kinesiology are expected to complete a sequence of three research studies, or the equivalent, to meet degree requirements. Relevant courses completed in other recognized graduate schools to a maximum of 30 points, or 45 points if completed in another Faculty of Columbia University, may be accepted toward the minimum point requirement for the degree. Each degree candidate must satisfy departmental requirements for the award of the M.Phil. degree prior to continuance in the Ph.D. program. These degree requirements are specified in the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Bulletin, obtainable from the Office of Doctoral Studies. Each student and his or her advisor develop a program that will help the student meet his or her goals and successfully complete the series of studies that meets the research requirements of the program.

      For more information about special application requirements, program description and degree program requirements for the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology, contact Professor Andrew Gordon at msnsprogram@tc.edu.

Faculty

  • Faculty

    • Laura Azzarito Professor of Physical Culture and Education
    • Joseph T Ciccolo Assistant Professor of Applied Physiology
    • Carol Ewing Garber Professor of Movement Sciences
    • Andrew Michael Gordon Professor of Movement Sciences
    • Lori Quinn Associate Professor of Movement Science & Kinesiology
  • Visiting Faculty

    • Jeffrey Scott Melendez Adj/PTVisiting Prof/PTLecturer Physical Education 111717-6139
    • Shirit Chaia-Rivka Rosenberg Adj/PTVisiting Prof/PTLecturer Applied Physiology 111711-6132
  • Emeriti

    • Stephen Silverman Professor Emeritus of Education
  • Adjunct Faculty

    • Paul Michael Gallo Adjunct in Applied Physiology
    • Richard Magill Adjunct Associate Professor
    • Sharon Rose Phillips ADJ/PT Visting Prof/PT Lecturer 111717-6132
    • Matthew A. Stults-Kolehmainen Adjunct Assistant Professor of Applied Phsiology
  • Instructors

    • Michael Anthony Soupios Instructor

Courses

  • 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.
  • BBSR 4001 - Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences
    The course provides students with techniques and strategies for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from a qualitative perspective. Students will be able to consider various research issues when working with different populations in various contexts, such as schools, clinical settings, health contexts, families, communities, or other organizations.
  • BBSR 4002 - Visual Methods and Education
    This seminar-style course has been designed to help students develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the theory, methodology, and foundation ofqualitative visual research methods in an applied context.
  • 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: $100.
  • BBSR 4054 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
    This is an introductory survey course of the anatomy of major organ systems and their physiology. Suitable for a wide variety of professionals in fields that involve science, movement sciences, kinesiology, nursing, health, nutrition, and the arts.
  • BBSR 4060 - Motor learning
    Study of factors relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Includes review and analysis of appropriate research findings. 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 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 4080 - Teaching in Physical Education
    Constructivist pedagogies in Physical Education
  • 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: $100.
  • BBSR 4161 - Motor learning laboratory
    An introduction to qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement and action during acquisition of functional skills. Course fee $100. Corequisite: BBSR 4060.
  • BBSR 4700 - Student teaching in physical education
    Student teaching in both elementary and secondary schools for a full semester. Includes a required seminar.
  • 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 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 5040 - Curriculum designs in physical education
    Review of existing curriculum designs, traditional and new. Systematic development of curriculum plans.
  • BBSR 5041 - Analysis of teaching in physical education
    An analysis of the decisions and actions of teachers in relation to their role as director of learning. Includes experiences in executing and analyzing teaching skills.
  • 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 5096 - Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription for Health
    This blended online and in-person course will review the scientific literature on exercise prescription for physical activity and exercise in people with chronic diseases, conditions such as pregnancy, and in special populations such as older adults and people with disabilities. Through readings and discussion of recent scientific and clinical literature, students will become familiar with the current recommendations for exercise prescription and the application of these recommendations to individuals with complex conditions. The translation of the science to practice will be a focus of this course.
  • BBSR 5101 - Scientific Basis of Exercise for Weight Management
    Obesity is a problem of energy balance: caloric intake versus expenditure. In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of the role of exercise and physical activity in weight management. This course will discuss the practice and science of using exercise and physical activity for the purpose of managing and maintaining body weight, particularly as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary program. Sometimes, gaining weight is needed (or desired); therefore, there will be some emphasis on gaining lean mass. It is also important to note that exercise is extremely beneficial for health, even when no weight is lost.
  • BBSR 5120 - Critical Issues in Physical Culture
    This course broadly looks at socio-historical and educational issues of social justice in sports, exercise, fitness, and physical education. It offers a sociological, pedagogical, and critical inquiry into the study of human movement.
  • 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 (e.g., cardiorespiratory, body composition, muscular fitness) use in the practice of exercise physiology.
  • 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. Course fee $175
  • BBSR 5543 - Seminar in Physical Education
    Examination of current issues in curriculum and teaching in physical education relative to diverse student populations and associations with other disciplines.
  • 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 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.
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