West Texas A&M University
Educational Leadership Admissions (Doctoral)

Admissions Requirements

One cohort per Pathway will be admitted annually each fall semester for a spring start date. The number of candidates in a cohort will be limited through a competitive selection process. The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m. on September 15. Candidates will be notified on or before November 1st as to acceptance. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the following year’s review.

Applicants for the Ed.D. degree must hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from accredited institutions with at least one degree in education or a closely related discipline.

  • WTAMU Graduate School application and application fee is required. Please note that the Texas Common Application is not required.
  • An introductory video, not to exceed ten minutes in length, introducing yourself to the screening committee, identifying a challenging problem you faced as a working professional and explaining how you addressed that problem, sharing your career goals, and addressing how the doctoral degree will assist you in achieving both professional and private goals.
    • Create a personal YouTube channel if you do not already have one
    • Classify your video as UNLISTED so that only those who have a link may access it
    • Submit a Word document containing the link with your application materials
  • A writing artifact (limited to five pages) identifying the three most pressing problems of practice faced by rural educational leaders today, rank ordering and explaining levels of importance of the three, and offering solutions for the one problem identified as most pressing.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended providing evidence of a master’s degree in education or related field.
  • A minimum of 3.25 overall GPA in all attempted graduate courses. (Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program with no grade less than a “B”).
  • Two letters of recommendation, including at least one from a supervisor who can attest to your leadership abilities. Recommender information must be provided on your applicant portal.

Refer to the Ed.D. website for more detailed instructions regarding the admission components. All documents should be submitted to the Graduate School.

Regionally Underrepresented Candidates Are Encouraged to Apply

Notice to international applicants: Due to visa regulations regarding online programs, international students in non-immigrant F1 visa status cannot meet visa requirements while residing in the U.S. Applicants in other visa categories not required to maintain visa status through full-time enrollment are encouraged to apply. 

  • International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency as follows: TOEFL scores are taken with the last two years with a minimum score of 550 (Paper), 213 (Computer), or 79 (Internet);  or IELTS 6.0 or greater (academic test);
    • Waivers of English proficiency may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 


Master’s degree and principal certification are required if doctoral candidates wish to certify as a Texas superintendent. For further certification information, please note that on the Texas Education Agency link the information is codified in 19 TAC §242.20

Notes About Admission:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • Students must be admitted to the program before being eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Decisions about eligibility for a doctoral scholarship or research assistantship are not made until an applicant is accepted into the program.
  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission in the degree program.
  • Admission into the program does not guarantee a doctoral scholarship or research assistantship.
  • Admitted applicants who do not enroll in courses for the spring semester following acceptance into the program must reapply to the University and must receive permission from the program for readmission.
  • Students should consult with the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions for additional information about the degree program.


For additional information contact Dr. Eddie Henderson (EC-12) or Dr. Janet Hindman (Higher Ed.).