Mississippi College

General Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction is designed to accommodate the active lives of practicing professionals who wish to assume leadership roles in K-12 settings. The Doctor of Education degree requires a minimum of eighty-five (85) hours above the master’s degree, inclusive of dissertation and statistics.

Those individuals who wish to be considered for admission to the program should follow the steps listed below.

Submit the following admission credentials to:

The Graduate Office, P.O. Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058-4029

  • A completed application for admission to the Graduate Office (with all required information) 
  • A non-refundable $30.00 application fee 
  • One copy of all official transcripts from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist) and any transferable graduate credit 
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores earned within the last five years directly from Educational Testing Services to the Graduate Office. Application packets without scores will not be considered.

Submit the following application credentials to:

The School of Education, P. O. Box 4009, Clinton, MS 39058

Application for Educational Leadership K-12, submit to Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Coordinator of the Educational Leadership K-12 program. Application for Curriculum and Instruction, submit to Dr. Tommye Henderson, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. Please do not use paper protectors or sleeves. Place all materials in a file folder or binder. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student. The portfolio must include:

  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, Leadership K-12, or
  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, C & I
  • Copies of master’s and specialist standard educator licenses
  • Documentation of a minimum of five (5) years of education experience
  • Documentation of two (2) years of experience in a leadership role
  • An essay of no more than 750 words on the reasons for seeking the Doctor of Education degree (The essay must be typed and double-spaced on white 8” x 11” paper, and should include a summary of personal and professional goals.)
    • Three (3) recommendations from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader---One of the forms must be completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor. The candidate should also provide pre-addressed stamped envelopes to the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership.
      Recommendations can be sent directly to the program coordinator by the references. The recommendations will be added to the candidate’s portfolio by staff before it is reviewed.
    • Examples of applicant’s work as a professional educator (e.g., workshop, school program)

Application Deadline: Postmarked by September 15

Admission to the program is limited and is at the discretion of the Educational Leadership Screening and Selection Committee. Consult the Program Coordinator or the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership for additional information concerning the cohort group selection process and specific program requirements.

Only applicants who have completed all components of the application process will be considered. 

Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
Program Coordinator

Dr. Cindy Melton
Chair, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership

Mississippi College Graduate School

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