Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Rehabilitation Studies

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the six areas see page xxx.

The Rehabilitation Studies intensive study area is designed to prepare Certified Athletic Trainers and/or other Allied Health professionals to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs as well as develop a scholarly agenda. Graduates will be prepared for careers as athletic training program directors, clinical coordinators, applied scholars, and practicing clinicians. This program focuses on a holistic approach of preparing students by including administration, education, and rehabilitation studies within the curriculum. (For more information, contact the Chair of the Division of Athletic Training within the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Division of Athletic Training for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree see page xxx.


Program Requirements

I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

  Education Foundations.....3 hours

    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:301.


    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:303; 190:305; 190:307.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: One of the following - 250:270, 250:300, 250:301, 250:310.....3 hours

II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours)

  Requirements for the Rehabilitation Studies intensive study area:

    Athletic Training Core:

      42T:270 (2 hrs.); 42T:301 (3 hrs.); 42T:310 (3 hrs.).....8 hours

      Seminar in Athletic Training: 42T:289 (Seminar: Outcomes, 2 hrs.; Seminar: Epidemiology, 2 hrs.; Seminar: Kinesmetrics in Athletic Training Research, 2 hrs.; Community
      Building and Leadership, 2 hrs.).....8 hours

      Practicum: 42T:297.....4 hours

      Track (select two).....12-14 hours

A. Evidence Based Practice

42T:230 (2 hrs.); 42T:240 (2 hrs.); 42T:260 (2 hrs.).

B. Orthopedic Assessment

42T:210 (2 hrs.); 42T:220 (2 hrs.); 42T:250 (2 hrs.).

C. Exercise Science

                420:253 (3 hrs.); 420:260 (2 hrs.); 420:271 (3 hrs.).

    Electives .....4-6 hours

III. Dissertation (7 hours)

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).


Doctoral Seminar: 190:389.....1 hour 

Dissertation Research: 190:399.....6 hours

60 hours