Admissions Information

Are you ready to take the next step?

As a professional educator – teacher, counselor or administrator – you transform lives and make the world a better place, one student at a time. At DePaul, we think that is the purpose and power of education. At the core of our doctoral program is a passion for social responsibility, justice and social change. As you plan your career, choose a graduate school that can help you fulfill your ambitions. Find the difference that matters at DePaul.

We prepare urban, multicultural, professional educators.

Our programs embrace the intellectual, ethical and societal challenges of being an educator in a diverse and dynamic environment. At DePaul, you’ll gain or enhance your understanding of methodologies, technologies and resources – but you’ll also come to appreciate, in a new way, how educators transform individuals and society.

Our practical program is focused on your goals.

You’ll want a program that builds on your educational and professional experience – as well as a university that can satisfy your ambitions. School principals, counselors, reading specialists, education technology experts – we develop leaders who can confidently implement new educational theory and best practices. What you learn in class can be immediately applied to your classroom or school system.

Our program is designed to fit the schedule of professional educators.

We offer classes starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights at our Lincoln Park campus, which is easily accessible by public transportation or expressway. Students can elect to attend full-time, taking two classes per quarter, or part-time, taking one class per quarter. There are no restrictions on switching between full-time and part-time status.

Learn more about our admission prerequisites and process.

The education doctorate program includes two concentrations, and both share the same admission requirements; however, each concentration possesses different prerequisites.

Curriculum Studies
No formal prerequisites are required for admission, but applicants typically have had some coursework and/or work experience pertinent to the field.

Early Childhood Education
Doctoral candidates should enter the program with at least 9 semester or 12 quarter credit hours (3 courses) in the area of early childhood education or a related field, such as child development or developmental psychology.  Students who do not meet this requirement could be admitted conditionally, contingent upon taking the required prerequisites, either concurrently with core doctoral level courses or prior to beginning course work at DePaul. This decision will be made by the doctoral advisor and EdD program admissions committee.

Doctoral candidates must also demonstrate basic understanding of the field in order to start coursework effectively. The doctoral advisor can recommend additional courses, and faculty members teaching in the advanced seminars can embellish readings for those entering from a very different background, such as history or business.

Educational Leadership
Graduate level course work in school administration, school law and school finance is required. The coursework in the program fulfills the academic requirements for the state superintendency endorsement. It is also possible to fulfill the requirements for the initial Type 75 certification for the principalship through this program.

To be eligible for the educational doctorate program, students must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have a previous grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, students should have experience in an educational role, demonstration of leadership or leadership potential.

The EdD Program accepts applications on a rolling basis, but admits students in the fall and winter quarters only. The deadline to apply for the fall quarter is February 15th, and the deadline for the winter quarter is September 15th. For more detailed information on admission to the program, click here.

We encourage you to attend an Info Session on the program; these events are held three times per year. Click here for a complete list of admissions events for DePaul’s College of Education.