Trustees approve second Ph.D. program for CCU
At its February 2018 meeting, Coastal Carolina University’s board of trustees approved a new degree program, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education. The proposed doctoral program will offer three specialization areas: education leadership; higher education administration; and curriculum, instruction and assessment.
“The basic premise of this Ph.D. program is that contemporary educational methods are multifaceted and require practitioners to apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines,” said Edward Jadallah, dean of CCU’s Spadoni College of Education.
The program is designed to build upon the master’s level education programs currently offered by the Spadoni College. A total of 477 students are enrolled in graduate education programs at CCU, and approximately 90 percent of these students are teachers or administrators in school districts that partner with the Spadoni College (Horry, Georgetown, Dillon, Marion and Florence school districts 1-5).
At present, CCU offers one Ph.D. program, in marine science, which was established in 2014. Degree programs must be approved by the South Carolina Higher Education Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) before being officially added to the University curriculum. Pending these approvals, the new
Ph.D. program will be offered in the fall of 2019.