Physical Education

Ph.D. in Human Performance


The Ph.D. in Human Performance is offered for the purpose of developing doctoral level expertise combining pedagogy with scholarly achievement and research excellence (applied or theoretical). There are five areas of specialization offered in the Ph.D. in Human Performance: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies or Physical Education.
 
Admission to the Ph.D. in Human Performance
Requirements for consideration of admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance include:
  • Expected GRE score of 1000 combined verbal and quantitative
  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 credit hours of academic work (master's + bachelor's)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 400 word essay (that addresses the intended area of specialization)
  • Research skills: 6 credit hours of statistics/research methods equivalent to HHP6700 and HHP6610 (Students may be admitted without these skills; however, it will be treated as a deficiency and the candidate will be expected to complete HHP6700 and HHP6610)
  • Master's degree (bachelor's or master's degree must be in a related area)

Candidates will have completed a thesis or scholarly equivalent as part of their master's degree OR will engage in a research project similar in nature and rigor to the thesis under supervision of a faculty mentor during their first year of study at MTSU.

 
General Course and Credit Requirements:

The Ph.D. in Human Performance requires:
  • 60 credit hours past the master's degree
  • two-thirds of the program of study must be at the 7000 level
  • twelve credit hours of dissertation are included in the 60 hours required

The core for the Ph.D. degree plan includes:

  • 10 hours of pedagogy
  • 15 hours of research tools
  • 23 hours in coursework and independent research in one of five areas of specialization: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, or Physical Education
APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Submit materials to the College of Graduate Studies, Ingram Building Room 121A, Box 42, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Applications for summer/fall admission must be complete by March 1 and applications for spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: Admission to the Ph.D. program is not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements, but is dependent upon faculty advising availability.
 
Ph.D. in Human Performance - (60 credit hours)
I. CORE

A. Pedagogy

HHP 7600 Practicum in Human Performance 2 credits
HHP 7610 Practicum in Human Performance 2 credits

Choose two of the following:

FOED 7520 Problems of Evaluation in Higher Education 3 credits
FOED 7560 Seminar in College Teaching 3 credits
FOED 7570 Issue in Higher Education 3 credits
FOED 7580 The College Student 3 credits
SPSE 7210 Legal Issues in Higher Education 3 credits
SPSE 7530 Administration of Higher Education 3 credits
SPSE 7540 Overview of Higher Education 3 credits
SPSE 7550 Instructional Development in Higher Education 3 credits
PHED 7680 Current Issues in Physical Education 3 credits
PHED 7920 Analysis of Teaching Physical Education 3 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

B. Research Tools

HHP 7700 -Advanced Data Analysis & Organization in Human Performance 3 credits
HHP 7710 Experimental Design in Human Performance 3 credits
HHP 7030 Research Seminar in Human Performance 3 credits
Choose 6 additional hours (2 courses) from statistics, research design, &
data analysis in consultation with the student's graduate program advisor
6 credits
TOTAL 15 credits
II. DISSERTATION
 
HHP 7640 Dissertation Research 12 credits
 
 
III. SPECIALIZATION

A total of 23 hours of coursework and independent research is selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

PHED 7000 Adapted Physical Activity

PHED 7010 Analysis and Criticism of Professional Literature

PHED 7040 History of Physical Education

PHED 7090 Motor Learning in Physical Education

PHED 7680 Current Issues in Physical Education Pedagogy

PHED 7920 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education

PHED 7940 Supervision of Teaching in Physical Education

HHP 7060 Field Work in Human Performance

TOTAL 23 credits
Note: Two-thirds (40 hrs) of total credits must be at the 7000 level