Ed.D. Teacher Leadership - Requirements

Applicants accepted into the program are expected to formally confirm their intent to enroll with the entering cohort in January in order to reserve their place in the program.

Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will typically include:

  1. an earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. a clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent;
  3. at least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
  4. a competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.

 Applicants to the program must submit the following:

  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three year of teaching experience.
  5. Complete and submit a Professional Reflections Statement.
  6. Submit a copy of your official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Services.
  7. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  8. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/international_admissions.shtml

Admission Process

The admissions process for the doctoral degree consists of multiple levels of review and is a highly competitive process.

The final evaluation of applicant files is conducted by the Bagwell College of Education’s Doctoral Admissions Committee. That committee, composed of doctoral program faculty representatives, employs rubrics to systematically evaluate the merits of each applicant’s admission file. The Committee’s recommendation for admission into the Ed.D. program is based upon the Committee’s collective professional judgment of the overall merits of the applicant’s case in the context of the quality of the applicant pool and the availability of openings for doctoral student supervision with the faculty in each of the program’s areas of  concentration. Consequently, the more qualified applicants there are for a limited number of new student openings, the more competitive the selection process becomes.

A critical aspect of the final level of review is the applicant’s interview with concentration faculty. The final pool of qualified applicants for admission is identified in each concentration. These applicants are notified and an individual interview with concentration faculty is scheduled. The interview is structured with a predetermined set of questions to which the applicant responds. International applicants may meet the interview requirement through videoconference or teleconference. The interview is not waived for international applicants.

The determination of the merits of each applicant’s case is focused on a number of key variables. These variables provide evidence of a candidate’s potential to successfully complete a specialized academic program at the highest level of scholarly study, including an original research study that makes a major contribution to the field in the area of school improvement and increased student learning. Those factors include: related undergraduate and graduate degrees (master’s required); academic performance and achievement; professional teaching and administrative certifications; professional employment in K-12 schools; verbal and writing skills; quantitative and problem solving skills; evidence of teaching effectiveness, evidence of educational leadership; compatible educational philosophies and professional ethics; and other related contributions and achievements of note.