UNCG Launches the Nation’s First Online Doctorate of Education Degree in Kinesiology

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Students enrolled in the Ed.D. program in kinesiology will benefit from a curriculum that focuses on practical application of scholarship in the workplace.

We’re now offering working professionals the opportunity to enroll in a highly regarded program previously available only to on-campus students.

Today UNCG announced it is launching the nation’s first online doctorate of education degree in kinesiology. The new Ed.D. program is tailored for kinesiology professionals with at least three years of experience who want to continue to work while earning an advanced degree. A broad, interdisciplinary curriculum will give them the opportunity to focus on scholarship and professional practice in the areas of leadership, advocacy and teaching.

Online courses will be taught by faculty members widely recognized as innovative teachers and accomplished scholars in the areas of human movement and physical activity. Examples include two professors inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology this year for their significant contributions to the field: Sandy Shultz, Ph.D., department head, and Jenny Etnier, Ph.D., graduate director.

“We’re now offering working professionals the opportunity to enroll in a highly regarded program previously available only to on-campus students,” says Pam Kocher Brown, Ed.D., a UNCG professor of kinesiology who has taken the lead in designing the online program. “They will have a chance to benefit from broad, interdisciplinary courses that focus on the practical application of scholarship in the workplace.”

Students will complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework (at least 24 kinesiology-related), as well as an internship and an independent study designed to develop and broaden their professional skills and knowledge. Another 12 credit hours are devoted to completion of a dissertation. Professional learning communities will give students the opportunity to align their course work with their on-the-job experience and career objectives.

The only residency requirements for the new online program are a three-day orientation, a one-week summer visit to complete an oral comprehensive exam and prepare for the dissertation, and a three-day visit to UNCG to defend the dissertation once it is completed.

Doctoral programs offered by the UNCG Department of Kinesiology are ranked among the best in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology. A committee of faculty members has worked to ensure the new online Ed.D. program maintains the same level of excellence, with innovative courses that keep students engaged.

The new online doctorate of education in kinesiology will launch in the fall of 2014. Enrollment is now underway. For more information on the program and how to apply, call 336.334.5573, email kin(at)uncg(dot)edu or visit http://learnonline.uncg.edu/kinesiology-brochure.

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