Students may apply online. It is best to apply well in advance of the start of classes in order to ensure a seat in the class. March 15 is the deadline for
anyone seeking a graduate assistantship; so to enroll in classes for fall and be eligible for a graduate assistantship, the application process should be completed by January 1 to allow sufficient time for admission. Individuals who are not interested
in a graduate assistantship may apply after March 15, but it is recommended that all applicants apply as early as possible.
The following admission criteria have been established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research:
All of these materials are submitted to the Admissions Office in 120 Sutton Hall, not to the Professional Studies in Education Department.
In addition to the School of Graduate Studies and Research's criteria, applicants to the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction must also meet the following departmental program admission requirements:
Upon notification of acceptance into the doctoral program by the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the student will be classified as a pre-candidate. As a pre-candidate, a student may enroll for classes on a full-time basis (nine credits in the
fall and spring semesters and at least six credits in the summers) or a part-time basis (six credits each in the fall, spring, and summer).
Applicants submit their materials during the school year before a cohort is assembled. Students considered for admission begin the program as part of a group, or cohort, that begins the program together and progresses through the required courses together.
Ideally, the main campus cohorts and Dixon University Center/Pittsburgh East cohort are offered on an alternating basis.
If the cohort in which a student wishes to enroll will not be starting immediately, it is possible for the student to enroll prior to the fall cohort to complete the six credits of electives; please contact the program coordinator for advice on how to
accomplish this. Electives and the dissertation are scheduled in a different sequence for full-time and part-time students.
The following steps will guide applicants through the admission process in the Professional Studies in Education Department.
Analyze the match between your professional goals and the program’s mission. The Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction began in the 1960s as a doctorate in elementary education. It continues to place an emphasis on education, particularly the preparation of future teachers. Most graduates of the program become professors in colleges of education or supervisors of curriculum and instruction in public and private elementary and secondary schools. The Frequently Asked Questions brochure assists prospective students in defining the program’s suitability for them.
Note: The Professional Studies in Education Department also offers a doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies (ALS). Students who seek to become school superintendents will find that this program is better suited to pursuing
their career goals than the degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Consider the timeline. The program enrolls a cohort of approximately 20 students each year. All students in the cohort begin their classes together and follow the same sequence of required courses. Those interested in pursuing the degree
must be interviewed and accepted the year prior to the formation of a new cohort. Admission to the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction is highly competitive, and usually fewer than half of the applicants are accepted for each cohort. Therefore,
it is very important to complete the application process in a timely fashion. After the cohort is filled, a wait list is begun and even highly qualified applicants may not be accommodated.
Check on the status of your application to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Apply online. As part of the application process, applicants
must write a goals statement that describes their reasons for pursuing the doctorate in curriculum and instruction. This statement should focus on what you envision for yourself professionally if you are accepted into the program and earn the DEd
in Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants also need two letters of professional reference from individuals qualified to assess their potential for doctoral study. Usually, these references are former professors and current supervisors in school settings.
Official transcripts bear an official seal and are mailed directly from one institution to another rather than from the student to the institution. Transcripts must be submitted for all undergraduate and graduate work, even if the studies did not
lead to a degree.
Note: The goals statement, letters of reference, transcripts, and application to the graduate school are submitted online and to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, 101 Stright Hall, 210 South Tenth Street, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705-1081,
not to the Professional Studies in Education Department.
The most common cause of a delay in processing applications is that a letter or transcript has not yet been received. Before an applicant’s file is scanned and sent electronically to the Professional Studies in Education Department by the SGSR, it must
be complete. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research at 724-357-2222 or via e-mail to make certain that your letters and transcripts have arrived and that your application package was forwarded to the PSE Department. After the application
to the School of Graduate Studies is complete, the departmental admission process described below can begin
Visit the doctoral program website. The website includes information about the department and the doctoral program.
Complete the application process with the IUP Admissions office. If you have not done so already, apply to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. You may apply online.
IUP Admissions OfficeSutton Hall, Suite 1201011 South HallIndiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-7730Fax: 724-357-2715
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Consider a graduate assistantship. Many students have found that, if they can manage to devote 10 hours per week to working with a faculty mentor, the graduate assistant program offers a unique form of support. Individuals who wish to
be considered for an assistantship should indicate their interest on the graduate school application.
Note: You must be a full-time student enrolled in nine credits each fall and spring during which an assistantship is awarded in order to qualify for a 20-hour graduate assistantship. For the 10-hour graduate assistantship, you must be
enrolled in at least six credits during both the fall and spring semesters.
Two things have to occur prior to an admissions decision. First, your complete application packet has to be received by IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research; they maintain student records. Second, you complete an online writing sample as explained
All applicants complete a writing task online. Each applicant will be provided with a copy of a professional journal article and respond to it in three sections:
Describe the thesis or main point of the article and analyze the points or issues identified in the article.
Note: Please do not merely summarize the article.
After you have completed your application to IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research, please contact the doctoral program coordinator to arrange a time when you can complete the online writing task from your home computer. The online writing task
is a required component for admission. Please do not submit a writing sample that was completed previously with your application. This writing task is completed electronically using e-mail.
The applicant needs an average score of 2.6 or above on a three-point scale on the writing sample and credentials to be recommended for admission to the program. Applicants will be notified officially about the admissions decision in a letter from the
School of Graduate Studies and Research. If a student’s application is rejected, this decision is binding. If an applicant is accepted, but space is no longer available in the cohort, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as
soon as a seat in the class becomes available or when the next cohort assembles.
Submit the following items to the IUP Admissions Office, 120 Sutton Hall, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705.
_____1. Complete the application form and pay the application fee.
_____2. Submit official transcripts (sent school-to-school in a sealed envelope) for all college-level study. Grade point average on a 4-point scale, where 4 = A must be 2.6 or higher for undergraduate and 3.5 or higher for graduate study.
_____3. Submit TOEFL scores for international students without a master’s degree from the United States.
_____4. Send two letters of professional/academic reference written by those qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for doctoral study.
_____5. Write a goals statement that explains reasons for pursuing the doctorate and professional plans.
Note: This item is evaluated after the application packet described in items 1–5 has been received.
_____6. Complete the online writing task requiring reading a professional journal article, analyzing and critiquing it, and stating a position on the issue within a 1.5-hour time period. E-mail the response by the end of the time allotted for completion
in order that members of the Doctoral Committee can review the submission.
Note: It is only after (1) a completed application to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, and (2) the online writing task have been evaluated that an admissions decision can be made. Those seeking a graduate assistantship need
to complete all tasks in order to receive consideration.
Criteria for Evaluation of the Research-Based Presentation (.pdf)
Graduate course catalog
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