Ph.D. in Education - Coastal Carolina University
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Apply to Coastal Carolina UniversityThe Ph.D. in Education is an advanced graduate program in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences. This program involves students in developing the breadth and depth of understandings, skills, and dispositions through study in one of three specialization areas (Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment). In addition, Ph.D. candidates will become well versed in the foundations of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The curricula will also involve the selection of cognate and elective courses, and the completion of dissertation hours. Cognates may include courses in literacy, special education, educational leadership, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Certificate of Online Teaching and Training (COTT), and responsive education. Identified courses in both the specialization and cognate areas may be co-taught to interrelate key conceptual understandings. Graduates of this program will have developed the essential research knowledge base to continue as scholars who are capable of generating new knowledge, as well as the ability to interpret and translate theoretical and research knowledge into valid practices through writing, teaching, and application.

The identified areas of specialization and cognates are significant in that they represent important areas of study for the contemporary educator. Graduates from this program will have developed a broader more holistic frame of reference for addressing educational issues and advancing knowledge.  The program will mainly provide career pathways for educators who are interested in continuous improvement and economic advancement in their current teaching positions, as well as the broader education and private enterprise. In addition, the program will improve career options to become school directors, curriculum coordinators, school administrators, directors of community-based educational centers, and teaching/research or administrative positions in university and college settings.



Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. requires the successful completion of an approved program of study with a minimum of 63 graduate credit hours. The approved program includes the specialization areas (Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment), coursework in research foundations, selection of cognate and elective courses, and dissertation hours. The degree includes a comprehensive examination and culminates with a dissertation requiring students to demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in the program. 

Admission Requirements 

The Ph.D. application is due July 1, 2022 to be reviewed for the Fall 2022 start date. Applicants to the Ph.D. in Education must meet the Coastal Carolina University Office of Graduate Studies admission requirements. In addition, all applicants will be reviewed by an admissions committee who will make recommendations based on the following criteria: 

  • Completion of a Coastal Carolina University application. Payment of application fee.
  • An earned Master's Degree in education or related field.
  • A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) documented by official transcripts for all collegiate coursework.
  • Copies of official scores on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicable. A score of 300 with no less than 160 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative Graduate Record Examination, or 400 on the Miller Analogies Test. Scores must be no more than five years old. If an applicant's Master's Degree with an overall GPA is 3.5 or higher, the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test are waived.
  • Applicants who are non-native speakers of English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in English and provide official results from tests taken within the last three years or one of the following acceptable means of documenting English language proficiency consistent with success in graduate programs. Note that higher scores may be required of some graduate programs so applicants are urged to consult their desired program to identify whether a higher score is required:
    • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or 79 on the internet (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System
    • (IELTS) exam o Certificate of Completion of level 112 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) from an ELS Language Center
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 59
    • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English ) with a minimum level of Cl;
    • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum level of Cl;
    • MEL-AB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77
    • TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a score of 745
    • Bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education within the last three years.
  • Applicants will submit a written statement explaining how the Ph.D. in Education will be instrumental in achieving specific career and research goals.
  • Submit three professional reference letters that specifically address the candidates’ ability to successfully meet the demands of high-level graduate coursework* One letter must be from their current immediate supervisor.
  • A face-to-face and/or virtual interview may be required that primarily focuses on the applicant's written statement regarding career and research goals as well as the applicant's vision for their personal and professional development and how this program will support their vision.
  • Applicants may submit a resume, but it is not required.

For More Information

Kaitlin Nash, Graduate Program Manager
Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences
100 Tom Trout Drive
Prince Building 212
Conway, SC 29526