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Doctorate of Education in Kinesiology, Physical Education

Improve the lives of children and youth through physical education. The doctor of education program in physical education teacher education gives you the evidence-based best practices to educate teachers who work with children and youth in developing and maintaining healthy, active lifestyles.

My years at Ohio State definitely influenced two major aspects of my profession: teaching and research. My teaching skills and knowledge improved because I was taught and authentically assessed on the current global trends and issues in physical education. My research background was built upon theory and practice through reflections of academic work, collaboration with faculty and cohorts' projects, and completion of my own studies. I could not attain all this knowledge without a consistent assistance of dedicated and competent faculty. Ohio State provides graduate students with opportunities to be thinkers, doers and contributors in Physical Education Teacher Education. Carla Vidoni, PhD, 2005
Associate Professor, University of Louisville


When you choose the physical education program at The Ohio State University, you will join a group of engaged and passionate educators and scholars who attract some of the best minds in the field from around the world.

Our physical education program exemplifies learning by doing and reflecting on it. This lead-by-example approach gives you the capacity to motivate your students to make physical activity a part of their lifestyle.

The doctor of education is focused on providing you the knowledge and expertise needed to prepare pre-service teachers who can meet the increasing demand for highly qualified physical education teachers.

You also will tackle research projects that make a difference in the lives of students and teachers. Your studies will be mentored by faculty committed to an excellent learning environment and your education will be as diverse as the people in it. In this program, you will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with school districts, professionals and researchers.

As you learn the best practices in teaching physical education to children and youth, a doctoral degree in physical education will prepare you to:

  • Prepare the next generation of physical education teachers
  • Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to educational problems
  • Design research to answer specific questions
  • Refine, modify, apply and teach knowledge in the field
  • Become a leader who is able to engage in public policy discussion and advocacy
  • Serve as a model for the profession

Ohio State is a long-time leader in the study and application of adapted and general physical education. The faculty and the students a part of it are committed to advancing the field of physical education, physical activity and sport while educating children and youth to embrace a lifetime of health and wellness.

Career Paths

Most graduates of the EdD program go into physical education or adapted physical education or physical education teacher education at colleges and universities.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 – to be considered for funding; rolling admissions until cohort filled, autumn semester start only. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late January and continuing until the cohort is filled.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's and master's degree in physical education or related field; cumulative GPA 3.0 or better; and K-12 teaching experience or experience working with youth in a physical activity setting.
Minimum Program Hours: 
80 beyond bachelor's degree

Coursework: Research on Teaching in Physical Education, Research on Teaching, Advanced Motor Development and Learning, Advanced Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Education, College Teaching, Grant Writing, Research Methods, Programming for Severe Physical Disabilities, Advanced Study in Adapted Physical Education, Advanced Study in Physical Education Teacher Education, Doctoral Seminar
Degree requirements: 3 Kinesiology core courses 9 hours), 3 specialization core courses (18 hours), concentration core courses in physical education teacher education or adapted physical education, research methods (9 hours minimum), dissertation (6 hours), flexibility requirement (6 hours)
Other requirements: Thesis or non-thesis option (3 hours)
Academic opportunities: Physical Education Club, Kappa Phi Kappa, Society of Health and Physical Educators, Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance PDF iconDoctoral AppendicesPDF iconGraduate Program Handbook

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Jackie Goodway, PhD, Professor
Samuel R. Hodge, PhD, Professor
Harry Lehwald, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Weidong Li, PhD, Professor
Sue Sutherland, PhD, Professor
Phillip Ward, PhD, Professor


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Columbus, Ohio 43210

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