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School Improvement

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. James Koschoreck
j_k266@txstate.edu
512.245.9909
ASBS, Room 306

Advisor Support
Laura Shearer
lms249@txstate.edu
512.245.9909
ASBS, Room 306

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology
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Recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as a national model for creating equity-oriented leaders, the program emphasizes the improvement of PK–12 teaching and learning through the development of systems-level processes and structures and prioritizes educational leadership as a practice integrating school and community contexts.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 51 hours 12 hours 63 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester February 1 February 1
Spring Semester No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in a field related to the proposed studies from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (approximately 500 words) describing background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree
  • three recommendation forms addressing your professional and academic background. References are required to use the program's Professional Reference Evaluation form and are also strongly encouraged to attach a recommendation letter to the form.
  • possible interview with program faculty
  • possible academic writing sample

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

Additional Information

  Funding Information 
Applications for doctoral assistantships should be submitted by February 1.