Doctor of Education in Adult and Career Education

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Keith Waugh, Department Head Fall Semester: April 1 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5928 No Spring or Summer admission Department of Adult and Career Education

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School.)

  • Must hold a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • Scores MUST be less than 5 years old.
  • Target GRE Requirements:
    • Quantitative Reasoning: 146
    • Verbal Reasoning: 148
    • Analytical Writing: 4.5
  • Minimum MAT Requirements:
    • New scoring system - 400.
Ed.D. Biographical Career Statement

Ed.D. Letter of Support Form

  • Must have 3 years minimum acceptable school or related agency experience.

Three Recommendations

  • Recommendations from persons who can assess professional qualifications and potential for successfully completing the program must be accompanied by a General Recommendation Form.
  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Petition for Admission by Exception

  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements stated above may submit a letter of petition to the Graduate School for admission by exception. To petition, the applicant must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
    • A minimum Graduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.


    • A minimum of 900 combined Verbal and Quantitative scores and an Analytical score of 4.0 (or higher) on the GRE general test.
  • Applicants with graduate GPAs below 3.25 will not be considered.
  • The petition must indicate any extenuating circumstances the applicant wishes to have considered and must state why the applicant believes that he or she will be successful if admitted to the program. The graduate dean will review the petition and make a recommendation to the full Doctoral Coordinating Committee, which will make a final determination concerning admission.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Important Program Information

Doctoral candidates considered for admission by the Doctoral Admissions Committee may be required to appear for an interview before final decisions are rendered.

Admission Questions

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

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