Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Herb Fiester


Fall Semester: March 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Graduation Requirements

Admits Fall Semester Only

Department of Curriculum, Leadership & Technology

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

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

Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

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

  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum 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.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • GRE or MAT scores are required.
  • Recommended minimum scores for GRE:
    • If taken before July 2011: Verbal score of 450; Quantitative score of 450; and Analytical score of 3.5 (old scoring system - 450)
    • If taken July 2011 or later: Verbal score of 150; Quantitative score of 142; and Analytical score of 3.5.
  • Minimum MAT Requirements:
    • Recommended minimum for MAT: 400.
  • GRE and MAT scores are only one of the factors considered in admissions decisions.  These test scores are not the sole criteria for admission.

Valid Certificate (P-12 Concentration Only)

  • Must hold a valid level 4 or higher induction, Professional, Advanced professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from colleagues in their current or previous professional settings.
  • One recommendation must be from a current or recent supervisor
  • Recommenders will be sent an automated email with a link to a recommendation form from the application portal using the information the applicant provides.

Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement


  • The Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement will serve as a writing sample.
  • Must have 3 years minimum acceptable school or related agency experience.

VSU Medical 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

(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.

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.

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.

Admission Classifications

  • The Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction program ONLY admits Regular Status students. 
  • Probationary Status is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Irregular Admission is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.

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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