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If you aspire to become a sport pedagogy researcher or a physical education teacher/coach educator, then consider our PhD program with a specialization in sport pedagogy.

Our degree program emphasizes the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and experiences in planning, funding, conducting, and publishing sport pedagogy research.

Along with required coursework, you will also take part in supervised practical experiences pertinent to your future role as a teacher, coach, or university professor.

Program Highlights

  1. Top 10 doctoral program ranking by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  2. Excellent research infrastructure with substantial laboratories resourced with the latest contemporary equipment.
  3. Our Kinesiology programs provide hands-on, practical experience


Incorporating real-world issues and blending face-to-face instruction with practical experience, our sport pedagogy specialization focuses on the study and practice of teaching and coaching physical education, sport, and physical activity.

Our doctoral preparation demands the highest level of scholarship and study in physical education with rigorous coursework, independent study, supervised practical experiences, and a dissertation.

The PhD in Kinesiology typically requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework. Your total number of hours will vary depending on the number of hours needed to achieve necessary proficiency in research, sufficient breadth and soundness of scholarship, and a thorough acquaintance with a specific field of knowledge as determined by your major professor and advisory committee.

As a student in the sport pedagogy specialization, you will take coursework in:

  • Instructional strategies
  • Motivation in physical education, physical activity, and sport
  • Issues and trends in sport pedagogical research
  • Analysis of teaching
  • Coaching education

We also offer ample opportunities for field work and research experience as well as a variety of supporting courses, cognate courses, and research tools courses that cover a many sport and physical education topics and areas, along with research methodologies.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Located in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness. Our department's facilities include 10 laboratories, the Center for Physical Activity and Health, offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.

We provide assistantship opportunities to qualified students, offering financial support and experience in a professional, teaching, or research role. Assistants work 13 to 20 hours a week and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and one-third remission of our university health insurance.

Grants from the U.S. & Georgia Department of Education, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Australian Research Council, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Singapore Ministry of Education, Club Corporation, United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR), and a variety of other eminent organizations support our departmental research.

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