To enroll in the doctoral program, an applicant must have:
An appropriate master’s-level degree from an accredited institution
What You'll Need
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 Foundations of 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 Foundations of Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). You can include references/recommedations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to Graduate School.
We strongly recommend that at least one of these letters of reference be from a person in an academic position.
A sample of your best written work. We prefer academic writing samples, but if you have none available, we can accept a work-related sample of writing.
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?
Interview with members of the Foundations of Education program faculty
As a part of application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Foundations of Education program faculty. If you are shortlisted, a faculty member will contact you by telephone or email to arrange an interview.
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
We offer fully funded graduate teaching assistantships for full time enrollment in the program. A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes, as most of our students are fully funded.
Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.
You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.
To apply to the Virginia Tech Foundations of Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) program, select "Education,Curriculum and Instruction " as your major. You will be able to select " Foundations Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “Ph.D.” from the list.