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Admissions Criteria

Standards for admission to The University of Texas at Brownsville Doctor of Education (Ed. D. Degree) in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Bilingual Studies, Early Childhood, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, and Higher Education Teaching are based on multiple sources of evidence of an applicant’s qualifications, commitment to the program, and are comparable to those for doctoral programs in other disciplines and for Curriculum and Instruction in other universities. All applicants must hold a baccalaureate and master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a recognized international equivalent plus have three years of teaching experience. For the Specializations of Educational Technology and Higher Education Teaching the teaching experience can be substituted by equivalent professional experience. The Doctor of Education program does not allow a candidate to go directly from a baccalaureate degree to an extended doctoral program.

Interested individuals need to have the following to begin the admission process:

  • Completed application form (submitted online to
  • Verification of a master’s degree in Education.
    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher on all graduate coursework.
  • Submission of satisfactory GRE scores originating within the past five years.
  • Five years of experience in education.
  • Verification of three years of classroom teaching experience at an accredited institution.
  • TOEFL passing score of 600 for the paper test and 100 for the internet based test for foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries.
  • Statement of the applicant’s professional goals, experience and scholarly accomplishments, why you want to pursue this degree, possible research questions or topics of interest for pursuing research.  
  • Résumé or vita.
  • Letters of recommendation and completed forms from three professionals with firsthand knowledge of the applicant's professional qualities and scholarly potential, i.e., professors, principals, peers, etc.
  • Documents have to be up-loaded with the application or sent to the UTRGV Graduate College.

All final candidates for admission will be required to participate in the following:

A. An interview with the Faculty Selection Committee.

B. Writing sample (in English). Candidates will need to write a reaction paper on site. A rubric will be available in advance so applicants will know how the sample(s) will be reviewed.

Note to Applicants: The Doctor of Education (Ed. D. Degree) in Curriculum and Instruction will be with a specialization in:

  • Bilingual Studies
  • Early Childhood
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Math Education
  • Science Education
  • Literacy, or
  • Higher Education Teaching

Admission will be considered for applicants who do not meet the customary GPA/GRE or other requirements, but whose credentials indicate a good probability of success in doctoral study.

To be considered for admission, the student must submit online an application with required documents or submit not uploaded documents to the UTRGV Graduate College by May 1 of the calendar year or August 1 for the following Spring Semester. Final admission to the Doctoral program will be made by a selection committee comprised of College of Education faculty members. Applicants will be notified June 1 or November 1 of that year. Accepted applicants of the Fall and the following Spring will be assigned to the same Cohort.

The new type of class of doctoral students, the Cohort, is intended to be a cohesive, supportive, interactive group of individuals engaged in intellectual inquiry with each other, their professors, and selected educational practitioners. The courses, seminars, field experiences, and other academic opportunities offered within the program are the vehicles through which this intellectual inquiry takes place. Each member is required to participate in activities and to contribute as a member of this community of scholars. The Cohort proceeds as a group through a sequence of coursework, and research endeavors. Approval of a change from this policy and/or a leave of absence may be made only upon written request of the candidate to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator, with faculty input, reserves the right to approve or disapprove.

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