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Admissions Requirements

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I: January 1
Summer II: February  1
Fall: April 1

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate students admitted to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) doctoral degree program should have:
  • A master’s degree awarded by an accredited college or university (minimum 3.0 GPA).
  • Submitted scores on the GRE exam for the Ph.D. degree
  • A record of prior successful educational achievement and future potential for graduate study at the doctoral level as evidenced by transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
  • A stated career goal of becoming a teacher educator in the field of career and technical education or a professor at a small college/university related to the content of a given CTE program area
  • A demonstrated record of past experience related to the individual's career goal (Note: Applicants with a teacher education career goal must have at least two years of teaching experience at the secondary level and/or community college level in one of the fields included in CTE.) Applicants with a collegiate professional, postgraduate professional, technical professional, or equivalent teaching license in a CTE field is preferred. Provisional or alternative licenses are not equivalent. 
  • Clear evidence of potential for the development of superior communication skills in the areas of listening, writing, and speaking.
  • Recommendations for admission by a two-person interview team.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

Include a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education after you receive an offer of admission.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for Career and Technical Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Career and Technical Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions).

Writing Sample

During the past decade, several significant issues have been raised about the implementation and improvement of workforce preparation for youth and/or adults in the United States (international applicants can write the report, relating it to their country).  Identify one of these issues and take a personal position related to this issue. Prepare a written report about your position, focusing on the following areas:

  • A description of the issue, including both sides of controversies concerning the issue.
  • Your position on the issue, including why you have taken this position and what facts and/or research support the position taken.
  • What would be necessary to change your position on the issue?

The written report should be not less than five and not more than ten double-spaced word-processed pages and should cite and list at least three references, using the format specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition. 

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the School of Education along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be send to us using ETS institution code 5859.

Any Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Interview with members of program faculty

The applicant must participate in an admissions interview with a two-person interview team comprised of two CTE faculty members. The following information must be submitted prior to the admission interview:

  • Program application
    • Personal Information
    • Attach vita/resume including educational background and work experience.
    • What is your career goal?  How will the doctoral degree program in Career and Technical Education contribute to achieving that goal?
    • Describe your current strengths and areas of expertise.  How will they contribute to the doctoral program and your career goal?
    • What dates would you be available to interview on campus? If it is not possible for you to come to campus, the interview may be conducted by conference phone call at your expense.
    • List any questions or concerns you have about the graduate program in Career and Technical Education.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

Submission Instructions: Submit electronically (each item should be saved in separate word documents) as an attachment in an email sent to Dr. Bill Price –

Note:  Once the information is received, you will be contacted to set an appointment for the admission interview.  Any questions you may have may be sent to Dr. Price by via email.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

Career and Technical Education Scholarships

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I: January 1
Summer II: February  1
Fall: April 1

Career and Technical Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions) Application Instruction

Please click here to view the document.

Additional Notes

  • You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.
  • To apply to the Virginia Tech Career and Technical Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions) program, select "Education, Curriculum and Instructions " as your major. You will be able to select " Career and Technical Education Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “Ph.D.” from the list.


To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Program Leader.

Dr. Bill Price
Program Leader
Public Safety Building
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions and School of Education:
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061