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Elementary Education Doctoral Programs Admissions Information

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  • An appropriate master's-level degree from an accredited institution
  • Qualify for admission to the Graduate School
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above in one’s graduate work
  • At least 3 years of experience teaching in grades K-12
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.
  • Applicants are evaluated based on written and oral communication skills; technological competence; letters of recommendation; and their commitment to completing the program.

GRE Scores are NOT required for application to this program.


Domestic Spring January 5
  Summer 1 May 1
  Summer 2 June 1
  Fall August 1
International Spring September 1
  Summer 1 January 5
  Summer 2 February 1
  Fall April 1

Deadline for early decision admission with Graduate Assistantships consideration for Fall: February 1

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Application Checklist

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

At this time, GRE scores are not required for Elementary Education (Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction )

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Elementary Education (Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). You can include references/recommedations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Writing Sample

A sample of your best academic written work.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the School of Education along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Three or more years of K-12 teaching

Proof of 3 or more years of K-12 teaching.

Interview with members of the elementary education program faculty

Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an interview with members of the Elementary Education program faculty.

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 sent 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.

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.

For graduate assistantships in the Elementary Education program, applicants are required to have 18 graduate hours in the discipline and/or a U.S. teaching license. 

Learn more about other available funding opportunties

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

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

To apply to the Virginia Tech Elementary Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions) program, select "Education, Curriculum and Instructions " as your major. You will be able to select " Elementary Education Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option, “Ph.D.” or "Ed.D." from the list.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. 

After you have received your official offer of admission from the School of Education, please arrange with your institution(s) to send your official transcript(s) showing degree conferral to Graduate Admisions and to the School of Education address below: 

Office of Academic Programs
1750 Kraft Drive (0302)
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office of Academic Programs Application Support

Casey Walker
Administrative Support Analyst
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2057

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader

Donna Fogelsong, Assistant Professor of Practice and Program Leader, Elementary Education, smiles broadly at the camera
Donna Fortune, Associate Professor of Practice and Program Leader, Elementary Education

Dr. Donna Fortune
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2011
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-232-8466  |