What will I learn?

The degree completion rate for the APCE program is 60% higher than the national average. The adult education faculty is internationally recognized for scholarship and leadership. The program cultivates a supportive and diverse learning community, with faculty working together on community engagement projects, research, and presentations and publishing in local, national and international venues.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with a major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education (APCE) is designed for individuals in a variety of educational roles who wish to develop and refine their abilities to provide leadership for educational excellence. The program prepares education professionals to individually and collaboratively engage in reflective and ethical practice as they foster the development of individual learners as well as existing and emerging learning communities, including schools, post-secondary institutions, workplaces, and community-based organizations.

The program admits students in the fall term only, and the students enroll each year as a cohort group. All students in a given cohort (including full-time and part-time students) will enroll together in each core course during the first year. All students in a given cohort who choose the same major also ordinarily enroll together in each course in the major.

Educational Goal

The College of Education’s educational goal is to provide graduates with the experience to:

act as change agents;

apply the fundamental principles of facilitating student-centered, life-long learning;

accommodate the diverse needs of those they teach;

use technology as a tool for communication, research, teaching, and learning;

make ethically sound decisions and articulate the values and principles that guide decision making;

engage in professional development and support the professional development of others;

conduct and use research to strengthen the ties between educational theory and practice.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (63 hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,600.00 per year
Summer tuition fee: USD $7,710; Given tuition fee is based on 9 hours per semester
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Texas State University

601 University Drive,

SAN MARCOS,

Texas,

78666, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and master's degree from a regionally accredited university in a field related to the proposed course of study. Minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university in a field related to the proposed course of study

Minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work

Regular Admission Scores

Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of

19 listening

19 reading

19 speaking

18 writing

Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Application deadline: Fall Term - February 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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