Education, PhD - Specialization: Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion
Our mission is to cultivate research-based educators and practitioners to be critical thinkers and apply evidence-based (research-based) practice principles to preserve and enhance human movement in all settings and populations.
Our mission is also aligned with the Division of Health and Human Performance mission to promote optimal health and enhancing the quality of life through physical activity and the College of Education and Human Development, and the SRHT mission to provide rewarding learning experiences, conducting and disseminating exemplary scholarship, and preparing professionals committed to service.
Education, PhD - Specialization: Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Degree Requirements
Numerous graduate fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships are available for doctoral students.
- Visit Funding, Sources and Discounts on the CEHD Admissions website for a listing of internal funding opportunities.
- Externally funded opportunities are also available.
The program requires a minimum of 85 credits of study beyond the baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 55 credits beyond the master's degree. However, an individual's program typically requires 10 more credits depending on the person's goals, program requirements, and previous preparation. Students have five years to complete all course work and the portfolio reviews. Five additional years are allowed to complete the dissertation. Most students complete the entire program in five or six years.
General Culture (3 credits)
- EDUC 800: Ways of Knowing (3 credit hours) ( OR EFHP860. EFHP 860 is for Kinesiology concentration students only. Other students should select EDUC 800. Course should be taken 1st semester.)
Research Methods (15 credits)
- EDRS 810: Problems and Methods in Education Research (3 credit hours) (2nd semester)
- EDRS 811: Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 812: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credit hours)
- Choose two from below:
- EDRS 818: Critical Discourse Analysis in Education Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 820: Evaluation Methods for Educational Programs and Curricula (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 821: Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 822: Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 823: Advanced Research Methods in Single Subject/Case Design (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 824: Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 825: Advanced Research Methods in Self-Study of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 826: Qualitative Case Study Methods (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 827: Introduction to Measurement and Survey Development (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 828: Item Response Theory (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 830: Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3 credit hours) *
- EDRS 831: Structural Equation Modeling (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 832: Document Analysis and Archival Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 833: Participatory Action Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 897: Special Topics in Research Methods (3 credit hours)
Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Courses (18 credits)
- EFHP 811: Motor Learning and Control (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 813: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics in Human Movement (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 815: Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 820: Careers in the Academy Seminar (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 825: Data Analytics in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 840: Doctoral Seminar in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 860: Critical Perspectives in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 880: Grant Writing (3 credit hours)
Note: The 18 credits will be selected in consultation with specialization coordinators
Secondary Emphasis or Supporting Electives (18 credits)
Students may develop an emphasis from course work offered within CEHD or course work offered within other Mason units, in consultation with their advisor.
Dissertation (12 credits)
- EDUC 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (9 credit hours)
Students complete an educational portfolio as part of the requirement of the Ph.D. program. The portfolio is an organized, selective collection of documents designed to facilitate a student's academic and professional development, and to provide a basis for evaluation of degree progress. The portfolio represents the scope and depth of a student's goals, plans, and accomplishments in coursework, independent study, research, internships, and other advanced learning activities. The portfolio thus provides both a vehicle for self-reflection and a comprehensive record of a doctoral student's experiences and ongoing progress toward academic and professional goals. Contact the Ph.D. Program for additional information.
For Additional Information Contact
Dr. Nelson Cortes, Email, Phone: (703) 993-9257