The Teaching and Learning PhD, Kinesiology concentration, prepares graduates for careers in research and academia as well as in industry. This concentration offers an individualized and interdisciplinary program that incorporates graduate courses from a variety of academic units, providing a strong foundation of content knowledge and research experience culminating in a dissertation.

Doctoral students in this concentration investigate fundamental and applied questions about kinesiology and gain a broad understanding of the research methods necessary to answer these questions.

Program faculty conduct research in a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas. Current faculty research focuses on the role of attention in sport performance and exercise adherence, psychophysical and affective changes, physiological and psychophysiological responses to exercise, exercise testing, and sport philosophy.

For successfully meeting established Education Recognition Program criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes Florida International University.

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For more information, please contact Program Director Jason Kostrna.


The PhD in Teaching and Learning, Kinesiology concentration, requires 75 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students with a master’s degree directly related to their area of concentration must complete at least 51 semester hours at FIU beyond their master’s degree, including 15 dissertation credits, directed by a qualified graduate faculty dissertation chair.

The Graduate Catalog details that the PhD curriculum must include 9 semester hours of teaching and learning core, at least 12 semester hours of research and inquiry, 15 semester hours of doctoral dissertation, and up to 39 semester hours in kinesiology or related courses. View Course Descriptions for a detailed list of courses offered in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

Graduate Faculty