EdD Admissions Requirement

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership's EdD program seeks to enroll students who will benefit from rigorous doctoral studies in educational theory, research and practice. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have at least three years of experience in a school or related setting and a master's degree in education or related field.

Students interested in the EdD program are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1. Applications received by February 1 will be given admittance and funding priority. Applications received after February 1, and prior to August 1, will be reviewed with admittance decisions also based on space in the program.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to a few faculty members in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership, who have similar research interests and who could serve as potential advisors, prior to submitting an application.

Applicants to the EdD program are requested to submit the following materials:

  1. The Graduate School online application and application fee,
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level coursework;
  3. Personal statement – a well-substantiated written statement of approximately 2-3 double-spaced pages and 500-750 words in which applicants describe the following: (a) their professional background, (b) their research interests including specific fields of inquiry, (c) their thinking/rationale in the selection of the two or three faculty members identified as potential advisors and (d) their career goals related to pursuing a doctoral degree;
  4. Writing sample – a critical analysis (4-5 pages), with reference citations, of an educational issue of national/international importance,
  5. Curriculum vitae or resume,
  6. Letters of recommendation – At least two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to assume the responsibilities of rigorous academic study at the doctoral level, and
  7. Interview – In some cases, applicants will be asked to come to campus for an interview with the Doctoral Coordinator. All applicants can request such an interview.

Additional application materials required for international students can be found on the Graduate School webpage. Applicants are typically notified in writing of final admissions decisions in March.

Please note: This personal statement requires foci differ from the generic Graduate School personal statement instructions. This is an important part of the application. Be as specific as possible, including examples where appropriate.


For more information regarding the application process, contact Nicole Fenty, program coordinator, at nfenty@binghamton.edu or at 607-777-7330.