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Coaching and Teaching Studies

WVU is the only institution in the state of West Virginia to offer a doctorate in Coaching and Teaching Studies. The program educates students to become leaders in specialized areas of the industry (i.e., higher education, educational agencies, sport organizations and in school systems).

Upon completion of the degree each graduate should:
• Know theories and best practices surrounding the disciplines of Athletic Coaching Education and Physical Education Teacher Education.
• Engage in and promote evidence-based practices through the application of rigorous methodology.
• Know how to identify and analyze practice-based problems in Coaching and Teaching Studies and generate real-world solutions.
• Engage in reflective practice to implement change in their professional practice and within their organizations.
• Provide effective leadership to their respective organizations.

In addition to the completion of the course work, students must complete the written and oral qualifying exam within the first two semesters of the program. All students must also pass a comprehensive exam as designated by the candidate's doctoral committee, pass the dissertation prospectus and successfully defend the dissertation.

Career Profile

The degree is designed to educate students to become leaders in specialized areas of the industry (i.e., higher education, educational agencies, sport organizations and in school systems).

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Graduate Program Application Requirements

It is strongly recommended that prospective students identify a faculty member within the Coaching and Teaching Studies Department with whom they share research interests and establishing communication with this faculty member prior to submitting an application to the program.

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​January 15

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Admissions Requirements

It is strongly recommended that prospective students identify a faculty member within the Coaching and Teaching Studies Department with whom they share research interests and establishing communication with this faculty member prior to submitting an application to the program.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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