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Coaching and Teaching Studies

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administrative contact

Lindsay B. Augustine
phone: 304-293-3393

program contact

Steve Harvey
phone: 304-293-0849
fax: 304-293-4641

Program Details

Areas of Emphasis

Administration of Physical Education, Coaching Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Motor Development, Positive Youth Development, Special Physical Education

Program Description

WVU is the only institution in West Virginia to offer a doctorate majoring in Coaching and Teaching Studies.
Upon completion of the program a 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 organizations

Students must complete a series of research benchmarks beyond the required course work. All 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. In addition, Ph.D. candidates must submit three publishable articles. The acceptability (publishable) of the articles will be determined by the candidate's doctoral committee.

Career Profile

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

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Test Requirements: GRE
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

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. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

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.

Apply Now

Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: January 15th
  • Spring Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.