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Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Davis
B.S. Health Administration

Three years ago, with the economy in a tailspin and the Georgetown steel mill shutting its doors, Tyrone Davis made the decision to reinvent himself. The 27-year-old Air Force veteran recognized he needed an academic program that would not only prepare him to change careers, but also provide the flexibility to continue working and caring for his wife and soon-to-arrive newborn.

After earning his associate's degree at Horry Georgetown Technical College, he took advantage of Coastal's streamlined credit sharing with HGTC to enroll in the online B.S. completion program in health administration.

"I chose Coastal over other online institutions because they offered exactly what I needed for advancement," said Davis. "I knew I had to enter a field with more career potential versus just a job. I wanted security as well as the ability to grow. Attending school online was the only option for me, and I am truly grateful that Coastal provided me with this opportunity. The classes are very organized and I feel as though I receive the same quality learning experience as if I were in the classroom."

Tyrone works as a physical therapist assistant and graduated in May 2014.


Katina Ambrose
M.Ed. Instructional Technology

After 20 years in a first-grade classroom, Katina Ambrose decided to go back to school. This mother of three knew she needed an academic program that would allow her the flexibility to continue to be involved in family life while retooling her skills to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry driven by constant technological advancement and increased pressure to prepare students for 21st century futures. Ambrose received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Coastal in 1994, and returned with high expectations.

“I felt that the education I received through Coastal prepared me very well, and I had total confidence that the M.Ed. program in Instructional Technology would be as wonderful as my undergraduate experience,” said Ambrose.

“I have truly enjoyed becoming an online learner. I was hesitant about not having the face-to-face experience, but I truly think that I am learning more! I am participating in rich discussions and experiences that are tailored to fit my needs, and I can already see the benefits in my classroom. The instructional presence that I have found in online learning matches…and often exceeds…the experience of traditional classes for me.”

Ambrose teaches at Midland Elementary School in Galivants Ferry, S.C., and graduated in May 2014.

Whitney Martin
English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate

After twenty years of teaching, Whitney Martin was excited to hear about Coastal’s new ESOL add-on certification program. Whitney received her Master’s +30 from Coastal in previous years, and was eager to return to learn new strategies, receive new knowledge, and new ideas to better serve ESOL students in her classroom.  

“I have always had a great experience with all of the classes I have taken at Coastal. I was a little nervous about taking online class since I had not ever taken them before. I really enjoyed them. My professor provided clear and easy to follow assignments. The professor was always quick to respond to any questions and provided me with an end of the week wrap up each week. I also liked the discussion groups we had to be able to connect with teachers at all different grade levels and from school from all, not just within the county I teach. 

Kristen Driscoll
M.Ed. in Language, Literacy, and Culture

Kristen Driscoll has been teaching first grade here in Horry County for four years.  After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Kristen decided to pursue a M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching. As an undergraduate, Kristen received the knowledge about child development and the field of education. However, Kristen said “as a novice teacher I felt minimally equipped to effectively teach reading.” As a result, Kristen felt that a Master’s degree would allow me to better meet the literacy needs of her students.  

“I selected Coastal Carolina University to pursue a M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching because the literacy program best fit my needs and came highly recommended from my undergraduate professors. Courses were offered during flexible times throughout the academic year and summer sessions that allowed me to maintain a balanced schedule.”  

“Earning a M.Ed. in Literacy has enhanced my understanding of pedagogy, assessment, research, diversity, collaboration, leadership, and how these domains impact teaching and learning. Most importantly, this M.Ed. program has left me feeling better equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to better meet the literacy needs of my students” said Kristen.