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Health & Sport Pedagogy - Human Movement Sciences (Education, Ph.D.)

The doctoral program in Health & Sport Pedagogy focuses on research, scholarship, and leadership opportunities that prepare individuals for academic positions in departments of physical education/ kinesiology at universities and colleges. This is a research-focused program, which positions graduating students to engage in empirical research and contribute to knowledge generation in the field. Students may focus on research in their personal areas of interest within the fields of health, physical education, and/or adapted physical education.

Health & Sport Pedagogy - Human Movement Sciences (Education, Ph.D.)


Description


What is Health & Sport Pedagogy at ODU like?

The doctoral program in Health & Sport Pedagogy focuses on research, scholarship, and leadership opportunities that prepare individuals for academic positions in departments of physical education/ kinesiology at universities and colleges. This is a research-focused program, which positions graduating students to engage in empirical research and contribute to knowledge generation in the field. Students may focus on research in their personal areas of interest within the fields of health, physical education, and/or adapted physical education.

Program Highlights


What makes Health & Sport Pedagogy at ODU unique?

  • Intensive research opportunities focusing on physical education, physical activity, and health-related content for youth and adults populations, including those with disabilities

  • Award winning faculty members provide mentoring in the areas of research, teaching, service, and scholarship

  • Students are encouraged to engage in national and international organizations through service and the presentation and publication of empirical data

  • Courses based on current empirical research encourage students to think critically about the fields of physical education, physical activity, and adapted physical education

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$69,560

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

$122,890

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Instructional Coordinators

$66,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Health & Sport Pedagogy at ODU?

HPE 804:
Advanced Studies in Adapted Physical Education


This course provides experiences of teaching adapted physical education content in lecture and gymnasium settings. Students will develop an understanding of a broad spectrum of disability related content that is applicable to physical education, and gain a deep knowledge of specific topics within disability studies. General and disability specific teaching strategies will be discussed.

HPE 845:
Assessment/Evaluation and Technology in Sport/PE


This course covers assessment/evaluation theory and practices in PE/Sport. Multiple evaluation designs and techniques in different domains such as teaching/coaching, learning, and performance will be discussed along with technology applications in PE/Sport.

HPE 840:
Motor Learning and Development


This course covers a combination of motor development and motor learning topics. The course information and structure are designed to optimize practitioners? effectiveness in the classroom and on the field via practical application of motor behavior theories, concepts and principles. Attention is directed toward understanding the acquisition of skills from the fundamental, initial level to the sport-specific, more advanced level, toward optimal age and skill-level practices and developing appropriate motor skill assessments for infants through older adulthood. Past and current research findings are incorporated into each of the course topics.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Health & Sport Pedagogy at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Health & Sport Pedagogy should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • An application to the University.

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees complete.

  • One writing sample. 

  • A current copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae.

  • Three letters of recommendation from professional sources qualified to assess your suitability for study at the doctoral level. One letter of recommendation should be from a graduate advisor or faculty member and one should be from a current or former supervisor.

For admission to the Health & Sport Pedagogy program


GRE:

Official GRE scores taken within the last 5 years that indicate a total score of at least 297 (1000 by former scoring standard) for both the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections and a minimum of 4.0 on the analytical writing component. While these scores are recommended, other portions of the total application package will be considered. The Sport and Recreation Management emphasis area will also accept GMAT scores of 470 or higher.


TOEFL:

Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit current scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 550.


Note:

Potential students are encouraged to make contact with either Dr. Justin Haegele (jhaegele@odu.edu) or Dr. Xihe Zhu (x2zhu@odu.edu) prior to submitting their application to determine if there is alignment in research areas of interest.


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships


Competitive graduate assistantships, with a tuition waiver, are available for select qualified fulltime students.

Dissertation Fellowship


Students may apply for a competitive college-wide dissertation fellowship during the dissertation phase. 

Next Steps


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Contact


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Justin Haegele


Location:

2009 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

(757) 683-5338


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Professor & Chair


Name:

Xihe Zhu


Location:

2010 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3545


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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