​Admission Requirements

Candidates must provide evidence that they:

  • Possess a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Have experience in an educational role
  • Have demonstrated leadership or leadership potential
  • Are willing and able to make the necessary commitment of time to the program
  • Are likely to be successful in a challenging doctoral program
  • Welcome the opportunity to interact with university faculty, peers, and colleagues in a search for effective answers to troubling problems in education

Admissions Process

The admissions process for the Ed.D. Program reflects and enacts the principles and values of the program regarding engagement, reflection, the exercise of agency, working for change, and a commitment to professional development and learning. We highly recommend that anyone interested in the program attend an orientation session, which covers the philosophical framework of the program, values, and expectations. It also provides potential applicants with the opportunity to participate in a dialogue with current students and program faculty.

The admissions application requires the following components:

  • Personal statement (approximately 3 pages)
    • Discusses why an applicant is interested in further study and articulates an issue or problem of interest or concern.
  • Writing sample
    • Preferably a course paper from an applicant's master's program. Alternatively, applicants can write a short (3-5 page) academic response to readings provided (upon request) by the doctoral program.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least two of the letters should be from faculty in the applicant's master's program.
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE scores
  • College of Education graduate application and $40 application fee

Some applicants will be invited to interview with two or three Ed.D. Program faculty members — a conversation that will provide an opportunity for candidates to become familiar with the program and the faculty, as well as an opportunity for faculty members to get to know prospective candidates. Applicants living outside the Chicago area will engage in an appropriate, reciprocal substitute for this dialogue.

Students will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants by the Ed.D. Admissions Committee.   

Degree Prerequisites

Doctoral candidates must have completed graduate level course work in school administration, school law, and school finance. (This coursework in the program fulfills the academic requirements for the state superintendency endorsement, as well as the requirements for the principal endorsement on the Professional Educator License.)​