Educational Leadership, EdD

Applying for Admission

For consideration, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed online application with supplemental materials (
    • Two reference letters from leaders in education
    • Resume showing relevant experience
    • Essay about:
      • Career goals
      • Reason for pursuing this doctorate
      • Ability and commitment to devote the required time for courses and dissertation research to complete the program in a timely manner
    • PreK-12 only: A 6th Year certificate in educational leadership, a 092 or 093 administrative certificate, or a completed EDL 590 Leaders as Learners (or equivalent)
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a former instructor)
    • $50 application fee

Official transcripts may be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office:

By Mail:

Central Connecticut State University
Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office
1615 Stanley Street
Davidson Hall 116
New Britain, CT 06050

By Email:

Note: 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 size limitations.  Applications are due by November 1.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Sheldon Watson
Associate Professor
Educational Leadership & Instructional Technology