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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).
  • 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.
  • Compatibility with faculty research interests
  • GRE scores 
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.


Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Career and Technical Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application.

Graduate School 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.

Writing Sample Guidelines

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

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

Letter of Interest Guidelines:

  • 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?

Evidence of English Proficiency 

The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859. See this page if you qualify for an English language proficiency test waiver. 

Applying as an International Student

  • Blacksburg Campus: Prospective residential on-campus international students might be required to submit immigration documents and other additional materials with their application. Please consult with Graduate Student Immigration Services.

Additional Information/Supporting Material

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

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. All application fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee Waivers

Veterans and other applicants are eligible for waivers of the application fee. This form includes eligibility 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

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: Education, Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Please select a Program Option:  Career and Technical Education 
  • Please select a Degree Type: EDD OR PhD
  • Please select a Campus: Blacksburg (Main Campus)
  • Please select a Term: Fall, Spring, Summer



Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions:
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (Mail Code 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

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


Visit the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid for other opportunities

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.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

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Dr. Joseph Mukuni
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