M.S. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

Master's Program

The M.S. in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy, is designed for individuals seeking careers in education or education-related environments. This specialization prepares students to design and conduct research on teaching/teacher education and curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on linking theory to physical education practice. The program aims to provide requisite knowledge and skills needed to assume leadership roles in the individual's chosen environment. Interdisciplinary collaboration and research across CEHD are viewed as integral components of the Sport Pedagogy Program.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy prepares students for teaching and research positions in universities as well as leadership positions in state or regional departments of education. Interdisciplinary collaboration and research across CEHD are viewed as integral components of the pedagogy program. Related experiences include working with undergraduate students in the microteaching laboratory, supervising student teachers and planning student teacher experiences. Specific areas of research correspond to those of the pedagogy faculty.

This specialization incorporates the core Kinesiology doctorate program requirements as well as providing an emphasis on Pedagogy. Each student will complete courses in Pedagogy, research design and analysis and a core Kinesiology block.


All students entering the doctorate program with a specialization in Pedagogy must meet the following prerequisites before entry:

  • Master's degree in physical education, education, or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years or more public school experience

A member of the graduate faculty to be admitted must accept students. Students must contact the faculty member directly.

We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Your current resume

Research Experience Requirement

Prior to scheduling the dissertation proposal meeting, each student will: (a) have presented, as sole or first author, at least one presentation at a state, regional, or national conference; and (b) will be an author on at least one research paper submitted to a peer-reviewed national or international journal. Also, dissertations will not be signed by the department head until the student has submitted as first author a manuscript (or manuscripts) of the study to a national or international refereed journal (or journals).

Minimum Hour Requirement

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 70 hours beyond a master's or 96 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Depending on the preparation and experience, doctoral students may be required to complete undergraduate or graduate leveling work in addition to the minimum Ph.D. requirements.

Minimum Prerequisites or Competencies

Please refer to the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog for the content of the courses listed below.  Competency in the content of the course is required rather than the particular course.  The Office of Graduate Studies in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in consultation with the graduate committee chair or temporary advisor will be happy to review transcripts of potential graduate students.