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Ph.D in Education Leadership Program

In the Department of Organization and Leadership

Application Requirements

The application for admission for entrance in Fall 2018 is not yet available. If you have questions, please go to the TC Office of Admission

The next application deadline will be December 15, 2017. Please note that this is a hard deadline and we require all application materials to be received by the TC Office of Admission by this date. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Nicole Siniscalchi, Assistant Director of Admission,

A complete application for entrance into this program includes:

    ▪    Online application and application fee
    ▪    Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    ▪    Statement of Purpose
    ▪    Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where you have received academic credit
    ▪    GRE General Test
    ▪    Three Letters of Recommendation

Applicants who successfully pass the document review stage of the application will be invited for an interview with Program Director and Faculty. All applications are evaluated based on a holistic review of all components of an application. While it is not required, applicants often come into the program with a combination of professional experience in education, as well as a graduate degree in a related field. 

International Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the International Students page on the Admission website. We recommend international applicants contact the Office of International Services, in order to learn about any requirements and additional information that is pertinent to them. The office can be reached at 

This information is summarized in the chart below.

a. Application Deadline

We will accept applications for the Ph.D. Program beginning in September 2017 for admission to the 2018 cohort. Applications must be complete with all documents received in the Office of Admission by the Program deadline of December 15, 2017 in order to be considered for fall 2018 admission. If you are an international student, please contact Teachers College Admissions Office to learn more about specifics for your application.

b. Application Fees

New Applicant = $65, Re-applicant = $35

c. TC Major Code ELSR (for use in TC Admissions process)

d. Personal Statement Provide a short essay on why you want to be a university professor in education leadership and what you envision yourself accomplishing in that role. Describe your interests in this Program, your plans for study, and your future goals.

e. Recommendation Letters 3 required

f. Resume Yes

g. Transcript Official transcript required

h. GRE Required

i. Interview


j. Teaching experience (OPTIONAL) Desired but not required: Any evidence of effective teaching at the collegiate level (i.e., teacher evaluations)

k. Academic sample (OPTIONAL) A publication would be outstanding, followed by a book chapter or report, but not required.
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