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EdD Program

Curriculum & Instruction

Application Process

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Applications for the Doctor of Education are due September 1 for spring admission and February 1 for admission summer or fall semester.

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.
  • EDRE 5530 Intro to Research or equivalent research course. This can also be taken the first semester upon admission.
  • 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, an indicator of the applicant’s proficiency in writing. 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.
  • Copy of GRE scores, minimum 291 and 4.0 analytical writing. Must be current within the last five years.
  • 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.
  • 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 550 (paper-based), 76 (internet exam) or above is required for international students. Students may occasionally be admitted provisionally with lower test scores.
  • Submission of all required supplemental materials:

Required Supplemental Materials

Educators wishing to apply for admission to the Doctor of Education degree program must complete the Graduate Application and pay the required fees. This application is available in online format only through the admissions website: In addition, applicants must submit the following supplemental material:

  • letter of intent
  • academic resume
  • three letters of recommendation
  • college transcripts
  • Sample of academic writing

International students must also submit passing scores on the TOEFL or IELTS test.

All application materials can be uploaded to the online application. For alternatives to online submission of supplemental material, please contact the Curriculum & Instruction Office Associate at: or 307-766-6371. Click here for UW Graduate International Admissions information.

Application files will NOT be reviewed until they are complete.

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 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.

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,
  • Organization/Structure/Mechanics/Format.

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
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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

Dept. 3374

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6366


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