Admission to Doctoral and Specialist programs

Applicants to the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs in leadership must:

  • Have completed a master’s or doctoral-level degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from a regionally accredited institution

  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume

  • Submit a goal statement demonstrating a clear expression of purpose and anticipated personal and professional goals. The statement needs to be two pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages.

  • Complete an interview with the department chair, an admissions committee, or a designee.

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill program or state authorization agency requirements. Additional evidence may include, but may not be limited to: verification of professional experience, test scores, and an interview as required by the program or state authorization agency.

International Transcript Requirements

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through AACRAO (www.aacrao.org) or any evaluation agency credentialed through NACES (www.naces.org).

  • International applicants must request the course- by-course evaluation. To be considered for admission the evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a U.S. master’s degree.

English as Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the written or computer-based TOEFL.

    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is 550, for the computer-based version is 213, and for the Internet-based Test is 80.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Final decisions will made by the dean or a designee.