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Doctor of Education in
Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines:  October 31 (Spring),  March 15 (Fall)

WVU Admission Requirements
As a prospective student, you will first need to submit the following to WVU: 
  • Graduate Admission Application for program of interest within the College of Education and Human Services accompanied by an application fee payable to WVU. 
  • All college transcripts, graduate and undergraduate. 
  • Miller Analogies Test and/or Graduate Record Examination scores taken within the four years prior to the date of application. The TOEFL examination is required of all applicants from countries where the native language is not English. (Students who have completed a recent baccalaureate degree in the United States do not need to  submit TOEFL scores.) 
CEHS Admission Requirements
If you are seeking a doctoral degree from the College of Education and Human Services, you must meet minimum standards for admission to graduate study set by the University Graduate Council and all criteria for regular admission to the program of your choice. Faculty members in each specific graduate program will decide who is to be admitted to undertake doctoral study under their supervision. As a prospective doctoral student, you must contact the program in which you plan to enroll for information on specific admission policies, procedures, and requirements. 

You may be admitted to a doctoral program under two classifications: regular or provisional. Regular admission implies that you can proceed toward the completion of a degree in accordance with college and program procedures. Provisional admission is granted when you have incomplete credentials, have deficiencies to make up, or have earned an undergraduate scholastic record, which shows promise, but with less than the grade point average required for regular admission. The letter of provisional admission shall specify the conditions to be satisfied, with a time limit. You will be reclassified as a regular doctoral student only if the conditions specified in the letter of provisional admission have been satisfied within the specified time limit. Final determination of status will be made at the time the student has completed the provisional contingencies as stated in the original letter of admission. For additional information about classification and reclassification of provisional students, see the current West Virginia University Graduate Catalog.

In order to be considered for admission as a regular doctoral student, you must possess an accredited baccalaureate degree from a college or university, have a grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, have met all the criteria established by the degree program, and be under no requirements to make up deficiencies. If you are an international student, you must have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application. 

If do not meet these requirements, you may be permitted to enroll as a non-degree student. This will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to perform graduate work. After demonstrating this ability, you may be considered for admission. If you are later admitted to a degree program, the faculty of that program will decide if any credit earned as a non-degree student may be applied to the degree. Under no circumstances may more than 12 hours of credit earned as a non-degree student apply toward a doctoral degree.

Admissions Criteria Considered in the Curriculum and Instruction Selection Process 

Before applying for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, you need to make sure this is the right program for your needs. Research the program and the faculty in the department. Identify the faculty members who might best support your interests. We strongly recommend that you take time to meet with specific faculty members in order to discuss your interests before you apply. 

The following documents need to be submitted by the appropriate deadline ( October 31st or March 15th) in order for your application file to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee: 
  • Evidence of Academic Potential Evidenced through Test Scores: You need to earn a minimum of 50 on the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) or a minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Score of 300 in the new scoring system or 1000 in the old scoring system. In addition, if you take the GRE, you must score at the 50th percentile on the analytical writing portion of the test. If you are an international student, you also need to score a minimum of 550 on the paper version of the TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the Internet version of the TOEFL, or a minimum of 213 on the computer version of the TOEFL. Alternatively, you need to score a minimum of 65 on the IELTS. Your scores for any of these tests cannot be more than four years old. 
  • Personal Vita: You must provide a history of your education and experience outlined chronologically in a vita. The vita should offer evidence that you have the appropriate teaching and/or other professional experience that would support the goals and expectations of the program. 
  • Goals Statement: You must provide a clear statement of professional goals. This statement should be well written, and it should clearly indicate how your goals fit with our program. Your goal statement should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the program and faculty and know how program offerings and faculty expertise meet your specific interests and needs. 
  • Writing Sample: You must provide an academic writing sample with your application packet. Your writing sample should provide clear evidence of your writing ability, as well as your ability to engage in research and/or scholarship. 
  • Three Current Letters of Reference: You must provide three letters of reference that explicitly address your potential as a doctoral student. References should be able to assess your academic performance and potential. The letters should also specifically address C&I’s Ed. D. program. 
  • Transcripts: You need to submit all transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies attempted/completed to date. 
  • Interview: The C&I Ed. D. Admissions Committee may also request an interview to seek additional information in order to judge your potential for success in our program.

Admissions Process 

When you do apply, an Admissions Committee will review your application. The committee is made up of graduate faculty in the department. They meet each semester to review all application files that are complete by the designated review time. The committee bases its decisions on the following criteria: 
  • The candidate meets and/or exceeds the requirements outlined above. 
  • The candidate’s research interests fit with the department and the program
  • Faculty within the department have the capacity to advise and otherwise support the candidate 

Keep in mind that the admissions process is competitive. If the department can only accept a percentage of qualified applicants, the committee will choose applicants based upon those most qualified and those whose research interests fit most closely with the work of the department. Also keep in mind that the committee will only review complete files. 

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Connie Miranov by phone at
(304) 293-3221 or by e-mail at 

If you have program questions, you may contact Dr. Sharon Hayes by e-mail at