Ed.D. PK-12 - Admissions Information

Educational Leadership: PK-12 Strand


Admissions Information

We are very pleased that you are interested in CCSU's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership which is designed for mid-career preK-12 educators, and we look forward to receiving your application.

As a first step, please download an admission packet.

As you complete your application for Admission to Graduate Studies, keep in mind the following admission criteria:

  1. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a discipline or professional field that is relevant to the Ed.D. Program.

  2. Minimum GPA 3.00 on all graduate coursework.

  3. Two positive letters of reference from leaders in education familiar with the applicant's work.

  4. Submission of a résumé that illustrates work-related experiences.

  5. Graduate Record Examination scores (within five years of admission).

  6. A personal statement covering three important topics:Career goals

    1. Career Goals
    2. Reasons for pursuing the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at CCSU
    3. Ability and commitment to devote four weeks to summer study for the first two summers of the program and some additional on-campus summer study during the third or fourth summers
  7. If selected as a finalist, a satisfactory interview with an admission panel.

  8. P12 strand only: An additional requirement is completion of EDL 590 Leaders as Learners or an equivalent graduate-level introductory course. Applicants holding the 092 or 093 administrative certificate, or that have completed a Sixth Year certificate program in educational leadership, are considered to have met this requirement.

  9. Instructions for uploading the references, resume, copies of GRE scores, and personal statement will be found within the online graduate application. Application information and links for each Ed.D. strand are available through the Ed.D. program website. Admission decisions are made by a faculty admissions committee. University administrators may also participate on the admissions committee for the Higher Education Strand. Admission is competitive and there may be occasions when minimally qualified candidates are not able to be admitted due to cohort caps. Cohorts are admitted approximately once every two years for each strand. Applications are due by November 1

Admissions standards for this program are rigorous as we can admit a cohort of no more than 25 students, and our cohorts begin in odd years only. Thus, not everyone who meets our requirements can be accepted.

The admission process calls for submission of materials to two locations: Office of Graduate Admissions, and the Ed.D. Program Office. Graduate Admissions (102 Barnard Hall) should receive the CCSU Graduate Application Form and a fee of $50, and transcripts from every college that you have attended.

In addition to sending your graduate application and transcripts to Graduate Admissions, you must send the following directly to the Ed.D. Program in 320 Barnard Hall.

  1. Two letters of recommendation from educational leaders on the form provided in the admission packet.

  2. Your essay attached to the form in the admission packet

  3. Your résumé

  4. Your GRE scores. When requesting that scores be sent, use GRE reporting code 3143 to assure that the Ed.D. office receives your scores.

Questions? Explore this site, go to our FAQs, or e-mail the program director, Dr. Sheldon Watson, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.