Applications for the Doctor of Education are reviewed for admission on a monthly basis in fall and spring semesters.
See our How To Apply section for details on materials required and where to submit them.
Minimal Admissions Criteria for EdD Program
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission; however, meeting minimal admissions criteria does not automatically ensure admission to the program.
- Master’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education.
- Score of “Proficient” or higher on a letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming. This letter serves as a writing sample, and takes the place of GRE scores in the admission process. For a full description of the letter of intent and scoring categories, see guidelines below.
- Three (3) years of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent.
- Three letters of recommendation, completed by an individual familiar with the applicant’s academic performance, a current or recent supervisor, and/or a selected colleague and/or community member. Letter of Recommendation forms are available online in the prospective student section of our website.
- Transcript evaluation for undergraduate/graduate degree completion, reflecting a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the applicant’s most recent degree from an accredited institution, plus transcripts from all other schools attended.
- A TOEFL score of 540 (paper-based), 76 (internet exam) or above is required for international students. Students may occasionally be admitted provisionally with lower test scores.
- Academic Resume – see below for details.
Guidelines for Letter of Intent
A letter of intent must be submitted with other required admissions materials. The letter of intent serves as a writing sample, an indicator of the applicant’s proficiency in writing. The letter of intent also serves as a substitute for scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The admissions committee will be examining both the quality of the written sample and the depth of its content. For the assessment rubric, see our EdD program packet.
In the letter of intent please address the following questions:
- Teaching Experiences: Provide a detailed description of your teaching experiences including how many years you have taught as well as what grades and/or subjects you have taught. Describe crucial aspects of your teaching experience and how you have developed as a teacher as a result of these experiences. Finally explain how your teaching background will influence your graduate studies.
- Personal Strengths: Explain what you will bring to our program and your classes that may demonstrate your ability to be a successful graduate student and ability to contribute to the learning environment.
- Academic Goals: Describe in detail why you wish to pursue a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, including why you want to do so at this time and how you are planning to use the degree in the future. Include a description of specific areas of study you are interested in and include your goals for graduate study and why these goals are important?
- Potential Advisor(s): If you have communicated with a professor(s) in your area of interest and/or she or he has indicated willingness to work with you on your doctorate degree program, please include her or his name in your letter.
- The letter should be typed (double-spaced) on 8.5 by 11 inch paper. Letters of intent will be scored by a rubric that evaluates two areas:
- Ideas/Content Development; and,
- Each category is ranked as Outstanding, Proficient, Marginal, or Deficient. An overall score of Proficient is required for acceptance to the Doctor of Education degree program.
Guidelines for Academic Resume
- Personal Information: Name and Contact Information (Address, Phone numbers, email)
- Education: Institution, City, State, Dates Attended, Major, and Degree
- Work Experience: Dates, Job Title, Employer, City, State
- Professional experiences such as: Publications, Presentations and Grants; Continuing Education Activities, Awards/Honors Received; Community and Volunteer Activities; Professional Memberships; other pertinent information