Educational Leadership Doctoral (EdD) Program Admissions

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership seeks candidates who are committed to:

  • Actively participating in discussions, presentations, seminars, and research
  • Addressing social justice issues in their communities
  • Analyzing issues from multiple perspectives
  • Engaging in rigorous coursework
  • Demonstrating professional and ethical behavior

Admission criteria

The following set of criteria will be used to evaluate an application to the PSU College of Education EdD program.

1. Academic ability
For example, GPA, types of courses successfully completed
Sources: transcripts, letters of recommendation

2. Academic experiences appropriate to the selected specialization
For example, coursework, educational background
Sources: personal statement, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation

3. Professional experiences appropriate to the doctoral program and selected specialization
For example, work (including volunteer work) in schools, agencies, organizations, or community; leadership experience
Sources: resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation

4. Purposes and goals appropriate to the doctoral program and the selected specialization
For example, describes and explains reasons for selection of this doctoral program and the specialization in light of future goals
Source: personal statement

5. Writing skills
For example, clearly communicates ideas through written language; articulates a coherent, persuasive and organized argument; follows writing conventions.
Sources: writing samples, personal statement

6. Experience working with diverse individuals, groups, communities
For example, demonstrates cultural responsiveness, interpersonal communication skills, and/or advocacy for diverse individuals or groups; promotes collaboration with group or community
Sources: writing samples, personal statement, letters of recommendation

7. Leadership potential
For example, shows interest and motivation toward future leadership contributions to specific field; describes desire, ability, and skills related to specific future contributions to community.
Sources: personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation

Application availability and deadline

Specialization admission details are:

Specialization Timeline
Curriculum & Instruction (K-12) Applications available September 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 start - Application deadline December 1, 2019 (2 year admission cycle, subject to change)
Special Education Applications available September 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 start - Application deadline December 1, 2019 (2 year admission cycle, subject to change)
Administration (K-12)

Applications are not being accepted until further notice due to Professional Administrative Licensure redesign.

Postsecondary Education Applications are not being accepted until further notice, which will likely be Fall 2021 or later. (subject to change)

Any changes will be posted on this page as soon as they become available. Thank you for your understanding and patience. For more information, contact askcoe@pdx.edu.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the Fall 2020 Special Education and K-12 Curriculum and Instruction specializations will be held:

Friday, August 23rd from 4:30-6:00pm and
Friday, October 25th from 4:30-6:00pm

Sessions will take place on campus but the specific location is TBD. Please use the EdD Program Information Session registration form to RSVP and learn location information. Information sessions for other specializations are not currently scheduled. If you would like to be notified via e-mail when those information session dates have been selected, please send a request using the button/form below.

Admission application

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 point scale) or expect to receive one prior to the start of the term of admission
  • Meet the University English language proficiency requirement if your first language is not English. Please note that this requirement applies to all students, including resident aliens and citizens.

Application requirements:

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for classes.
    Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
    • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
    • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    Previous applicants:
    • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
    After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    Graduate Admissions
    Portland State University
    PO Box 751 (OGS)
    Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
    Electronic official transcripts should be sent to graddocs@pdx.edu
  • A written statement (approximately 4-5 pages, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1" margins) articulating how your background and experience have prepared you for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Address your educational philosophy and the relationship you see with the College of Education Conceptual Framework. Briefly discuss your research interests.
  • At least two samples of scholarly writing such as published articles, monographs, or unpublished papers (e.g., essays, term papers, or one section of your thesis).
  • Current résumé (reflect your volunteer or work experience within the related field)
  • Name and e-mail address of at least three people who can provide positive letters of recommendation for you.  (Official instructions about the letter of recommendation will be provided within the application process).
  • Application Fee Waiver Information
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  • Apply for Financial Aid via the FAFSA

 

Questions about the application process?

  • If you have questions about the EdD application process, please email askcoe@pdx.edu

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall.