How to Apply
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
A new Ed.D. cohort is admitted every other year. Members of the new cohort start classes in the fall semester of odd-numbered years. This is a competitive program, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early for review. Applicants to this program must meet the following admissions criteria.
You can pay the application fee online with the following credit cards.
Graduate Studies Office
- (812) 856-8504
Dr. Janet Decker
- (812) 856-8375
1Prepare Your Application
The Graduate Studies Office will complete applications after the deadline up until a few weeks before the semester starts. This does not guarantee your application will be reviewed by faculty as different programs have different availabilities. If you are applying after the deadline or for a semester without a posted deadline you should confirm with the department that they will still be reviewing applications before applying.
A complete application consists of not only the application but also required transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, personal statement, and anything else required. In order to have met the deadline all materials must be received by the deadline date.
Your application for admission will need to include the items listed below. It typically takes applicants several months to complete their applications. Here are some tasks you can begin working on right now to reduce the time it takes to complete your application:
- Order official transcripts now
- Ask prospective recommenders if they will write a letter on your behalf, and check whether they prefer to complete the letter electronically or on paper
- Register to take the GRE
- If English is not your first language, register to take the TOEFL
You do not need to wait until all materials are ready before you start the application process. However, all required materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, etc., must arrive by the posted deadline. Applications are not processed for committee review until all materials are received.
Applications received by the deadline will receive priority consideration for admission. You are welcome to submit your application after the deadline. Faculty will review late applications and make admissions decisions based on availability.
Upload your current résumé into the online application as a PDF file. No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.
An official score report must be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service before the application deadline. Our school code is 1324. If it has been more than five years since you took the GRE, you will need to take it again in order to apply to most programs.
You may learn more about the GRE and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing Service.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant’s academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant’s work habits and character are also acceptable.
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for your application.
Keep the following criteria in mind as you consider whom to ask for a recommendation.
- People who can comment from personal knowledge about your academic qualifications for graduate study are preferred. Ideally these recommenders are your former professors or advisors from your previous academic institutions.
- People who can comment about your professional qualifications are acceptable recommenders if you have been out of school for a number of years. Ideally these recommenders are your former or current supervisors.
- Family members, classmates, and friends are not acceptable recommenders.
Instructions for online submission: An electronic request to your recommenders will be automatically sent when you submit your online application. Recommenders may upload their letters directly. This is the preferred method.
Instructions for mail submission: Your supervisor should write the letter on institution or company letterhead and include your name and the name of the program to which you are applying in the introduction. Each recommender must enclose the letter in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and mail to:
Graduate Student Admissions Office
W. W. Wright Education Building, #2116
201 N. Rose Avenue
School of Education
Bloomington, IN 47405
Unsigned envelopes with reference letters cannot be accepted. Please communicate the application deadline to your recommenders so that they will have opportunity to submit their letters well in advance.
Submit one official transcript from each college or university you attended where you attempted nine (9) or more credits. Transcripts may be sent to the Office of International Services by either the institution or you; however, transcripts must arrive in a sealed, official envelope. Loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Original transcripts may be mailed to:
Office of International Services
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
You do not need to submit transcripts from Indiana University. We will be able to access your IU transcript directly.
Personal Goal Statement
Your personal goal statement is an important part of the review process for our faculty members as they consider your application. They want to know about your background, work experience, plans for graduate study and professional career, qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the program, and any other relevant information. This document should be prepared using a word processing program (not handwritten) and should be 300 to 500 words. You can upload your personal goal statement as a .pdf file into the online application itself. No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.
All international students whose first language is not English must submit recent scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years prior to your application. We do not accept substitutions for the TOEFL. Our school code 1324.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Written version: Score of 550 is ordinarily required
- Computer-based version: Score of 213 is ordinarily required
- Internet-based version: Score of 79 is ordinarily required
You can learn more about the TOEFL and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing Service.
2Complete Your Application Online
Faculty members in the program to which you are applying will make initial decisions about admissions. After faculty members review applications, they make their admissions recommendations to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, who makes the final decision.
Note that faculty members will not review your application until it is complete. After you submit your application online, you will receive an email listing all of the supporting documents that have yet to be received (if any). We recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the deadlines to allow time for all materials, including official transcripts, to arrive before the deadline.
3Look for an Email
You will get an email if your application is incomplete, or if you’ve been admitted or denied.