Doctor of Education (EdD)
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, Graduate Programs in Education requires:
- A course or thesis-based Master's degree in an appropriate field. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale in a Master's degree program.
- A written statement of approximately 500 words indicating the applicant's reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program. In this statement, briefly outline how your research interests and goals align with the specialization you have applied to; identify relevant prior research, teaching and leadership experiences, publications, awards and recognitions, that you bring to doctoral research. To help us to consider potential supervisors, please identify Werklund School of Education academic faculty members whose research expertise aligns with your own.
- Candidates will be expected to have, or to obtain, relevant practical experience in their area of specialization.
English Language Proficiency Requirement:
Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs in the Werklund School of Education. Prior to admission to Graduate Programs in Education, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for academic purposes in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 97 overall (Academic Version)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 overall (Academic Version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 (no less than 70 in each section).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.
An applicant whose first language is not English is exempt from the ELP requirement if they meet the following criteria:
The applicant has completed:
- a Bachelor’s Degree (minimum of 3 years in length), or
- a Graduate Degree
in an institution where the sole language of instruction and examination is English
Eligible institutions must be listed as providing English language instruction in the World Higher Education Database (WHED).
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To submit an official TOEFL test score report:
- Arrange for the agency where you completed the academic TOEFL test to send an electronic copy of your test score report to the University of Calgary. Indicate the institution code 0813 and the department code associated with your program of interest, as listed on the ETS website (https://www.ets.org/s/toefl/pdf/dept_code_list.pdf).
To submit an official IELTS test score report:
- Please send a copy of your academic IELTS test score report and TRF number to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use your IELTS TRF number to search the IELTS database and retrieve your official test.
After your ELP test score reports are received by email@example.com:
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Your ELP score report has been uploaded to your file. The Educational Research Graduate Program (cc’d) will update your To Do List at a later date. If you have any further questions about your To Do List, please contact the Graduate Program directly.
For the 2022 Application, Graduate Programs in Education will not be accepting Duolingo for ELP purposes.
- a Graduate Degree
- Two references - References are submitted directly through the online application system. No hard copy documents are required.
- Current CV
Applicants to the Doctor of Education program are strongly encouraged to submit an Admission Portfolio containing examples of their work. The purpose of the Admission Portfolio is to give applicants the opportunity to provide additional documentation that demonstrates their suitability and qualifications for doctoral studies. The Admission Portfolio is especially relevant for applicants who do not hold a thesis-based Master's degree.
This document may contain the following (please include a table of contents):
- thesis (if applicable) methodology chapter only
- writing sample (curriculum development, conference presentations and/or proceedings)
- non-print materials, e.g. link to personal external website, blogs)
Relevant Prior Learning Considerations
In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements, but who have significant life achievements, may be considered for admission to some graduate programs. The candidates must provide evidence demonstrating a potential to successfully undertake the proposed program of studies. Such candidates are advised to make early contact with Graduate Programs in Education, and supply additional supporting documents as part of their application package, such as:
- evidence of personal continuing education/training,
- results in these continuing education efforts,
- experience in the field related to the aspired degree,
- effective management of people, resources, finances, situations,
- increasing or varying responsible positions in organizations related to the aspired degree,
- work-related products, e.g., reports, programs of learning or training, handbooks, videos, manuals, workshops, seminars,
- evidence of personal growth in knowledge, understanding, management skills, and intellectual resources,
- evidence of innovation,
- evidence of leadership, coordination.
In all these cases, the decision whether or not to admit the applicant rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.
Please check Application Process for details.
Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made. Graduate Programs in Education will not grant deferrals of admission. Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.