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Application Guidelines - Doctoral Degrees

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent must be submitted with other required admissions materials. The letter of intent serves as an indicator of the applicant’s proficiency in writing. The admissions committee will be examining both the quality of the written sample and the depth of its content. 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.

Letters of intent are ranked as Outstanding, Proficient, Marginal, or Deficient in each category. An overall score of Proficient is required for acceptance to the Doctoral degree programs. Your letters will be scored by a rubric that evaluates two areas:

  • Ideas/Content Development
  • Organization/Structure/Mechanics/Format

Academic Resume

Include the following in your 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: Publications, Presentations and Grants; Continuing Education Activities, Awards/Honors Received; Community and Volunteer Activities; Professional Memberships; other pertinent information

Letters of Recomendation

Applicants should carefully select those persons whom they ask to send letters of recommendation. References should include those people who can attest to the applicant's academic potential, her or his previous personal or work experience in higher education, and the applicant's fit with the standards and expectations that guide professional educators. If the applicant is currently working in a professional education position, it is expected that the employer/supervisor will provide a letter of reference.

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