Admission Procedures — Doctor of Education

The EdD faculty will assess your admission portfolio for the following: leadership ability, communication ability and scholarship. Candidates may be admitted to the Doctor of Education program each fall.

The required content for the admission portfolio includes:

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) showing completion of an appropriate master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. See "Policy Regarding Academic Background" for an explanation of what constitutes an appropriate degree) Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-Etranscripts@aurora.edu
  • The names and addresses of at least two references. Possible references to consider include:
    • A person familiar with your academic work/previous master's program professor
    • A person familiar with your professional work, such as a principal, department chair, etc. (not the same person as below)
    • A person representing your school district or employer who can assess your leadership potential 
  • A signed Superintendent Signature Form from your current school district of employment. If you are currently employed in higher education, the form must be signed by your academic dean or immediate supervisor.
  • A curriculum vitae or detailed resume that includes your work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications and/or presentations and other relevant information relating to the your leadership background. Note: Refer to "Criteria for Review of Candidates for Admission" to ensure that your curriculum vitae or resume addresses the concerns of the admission committee.
  • A personal statement, approximately 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, describing your present goals and interests and showing their connection to prior experiences and to the EdD program.
  • One example of an accomplished scholarly or professional project/product/report/paper, etc. which you consider an indication of leadership and scholarship in curriculum/instruction and/or administration.
  • A reflection on your submitted example, placing it in context and explaining clearly how it is a representation of your leadership/scholarship ability and potential.