with concentrations offered in: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Art Education, Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, Special Education, and Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Science Education, Spanish Education)

Entry Term: Summer 2024 
Application Deadline: November 2, 2023

Application Fee (non-refundable):  $55

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.


The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline; however, the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Rebecca Harper, PhD
Program Director

Lakeisha Thigpen
Admission and Certification Coordinator


Program Overview

Admission Criteria

Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the graduate level calculated on all graduate work attempted.

Competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the graduate level.

Minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

Competitive applicants will have earned a Specialist in Education degree and have completed research coursework beyond the Master’s degree.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. In the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation will be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the issuing institution to Augusta University's Office of Graduate Admissions Operations at graduateadmissions@augusta.edu 

Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official transcripts in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope mailed from the issuing institution directly to:

Augusta University
Office of Graduate Admissions Operations
Summerville Campus, Benet House
1120 15th Street
Augusta GA 30912

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., or World Education Services (WES). Course-by-course transcript evaluations may also be accepted from a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, or NACES, member on a case-by-case basis. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. 

Specific Ordering Instructions for ECE, Silny and WES

  • If ordering from ECE, please select "Augusta University - Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions" as the institution delivery.
  • If ordering from Silny, please complete the required PDF ordering form per their webpage. In the Method of Delivery section, please write the following, "Augusta University - Office of Academic Admissions email to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.
  • If ordering from WES, please select the following, "Augusta University" as the recipient, "Office of Academic Admissions" as the school/division,  "Standard Delivery" as the delivery method. 

Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Recommendations must be submitted online only. Within the application, you will provide the names and current email addresses for the individuals you have asked to serve as your recommenders. Once you have completed the recommendation section within the application, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation.

None are required for this program.

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

Applicants must select a concentration within the application. 


  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Art Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Economics
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Science Education
    • Spanish Education

Applicants must write a 300-500 word purpose statement clearly discussing how this program specifically aligns with the applicant's career goals as an educational practitioner. Completed statements must be submitted within the application. 

Applicants must upload the completed writing prompt to the application status portal.  To view the writing prompt and detailed instructions, please visit https://www.augusta.edu/education/research/edd-ei.php

If offered admission to the program, attendance and full participation at the Ed.D. orientation weekend in early May is required.