Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

63 with prior Master's78 with prior Bachelor's
Make a lasting impact on the health of students.
A Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior focuses on the research and development of innovative approaches to PK-12 physical activity/education that help school-aged children acquire health-related knowledge and skills.

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Why earn a Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior Educational Psychology Ph.D.?

Sport pedagogy is often positioned within the realm of education or as a sub-discipline of Kinesiology. Sport pedagogy is unique as a practice-focused area of study and as a unifying discipline where all aspects of kinesiology and educational theory come together. This collaboration allows sport pedagogy to draw upon and contribute to the development of knowledge in both realms.

This collaborative degree between the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and the Department of Educational Physiology prepares students to become academic scholars in the field of physical education and activity. Our faculty provide students with individualized mentorship through progressive milestones towards degree.

Marketable Skills
  • Synthesize and apply relevant literature
  • Advanced research methods/statistical analysis
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior Educational Psychology Ph.D. Highlights

Investigating focus areas on teacher and learner cognition, emotion, and motivation.
Incorporating innovative research methods and data collection techniques.
Preparing individuals for careers as university faculty members in teacher certification and sport pedagogy programs.
Advancing the understanding of determinants of physical activity behavior.
Further the understanding of the influence of physical activity and exercise on health and well-being in diverse populations.
Using quantitative and qualitative approaches to conduct research that answers important questions about effective teaching and learning for individuals across the lifespan.

What Can You do With a Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior Educational Psychology Ph.D.?

Top 3 Careers

  • University Professors
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Coaches

Top Posted Job Titles

  • Assistant Professor
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Assistant Coaches

Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior Educational Psychology Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Human Development Across the Life Span (3 hrs)
Processes and stages that individuals undergo as they progress from birth through old age and death are studied from a human ecological perspective. Developmental tasks and concepts are explored.
Motor Behavior (3 hrs)
Examination of the major behavioral processes and control mechanics underlying the learning and performance of motor skills. Principles in motor learning, motor behavior and motor control are systematically presented within a conceptual framework focusing on motor behavior and control theories, information processing, feedback, condition of practice, transfer, individual differences and life-cycle changes.
Lifespan Motor Development Research and Theory (3 hrs)
Applying research and theory from motor development to encourage physical activity across the lifespan; understand best practices in teaching motor development; an emphasis on extending current research and designing new research projects.
Curriculum and Methods in Sport Pedagogy (3 hrs)
Curriculum development using a standards-based approach, at the program, local, state and national levels; evaluation and multiple models; connecting best practice instructional strategies to student learning outcomes; developing expert teachers in multiple settings.
Current Topics in Sport Pedagogy (3 hrs)
Examines current research on teaching, teachers and curriculum in physical education. Acquaints students with empirical and conceptual scholarship related to the teaching process, teachers’ experiences, and the development of curriculum in physical education settings. Provides a culminating course experience for students concentrating on sport pedagogy.
Foundations of Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
History of educational psychology, advanced philosophical and empirical foundations of learning, cognition, development, individual differences; applications to teaching and learning contexts.

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