2021-22 Graduate Catalog

College of Education Programs

Master of Education degrees are offered with majors in:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Counseling
  • Special Education
  • Educational Leadership

Doctoral degrees are offered in:

  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies
    • Counseling and Counselor Education
    • Curriculum Studies
    • Educational Leadership
    • Science Education
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership
  • MBA/Ed.D. Joint Program in Educational Leadership
  • MBA/Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership

College of Education Admission for Graduate Studies

TCU's admissions standards stated in the admissions portion of the graduate catalog are used in the College of Education admission process in addition to the following:

Application Checklist for Admission

Because applications are considered in light of multiple criteria, incomplete applications cannot be accepted. A complete application consists of:

  • The completed application form. The application form may be obtained at www.applyweb.com/tcug.
  • A personal essay stating reasons for applying to the graduate program including professional background information and goals (200 words or fewer).
  • Two official transcripts from each college/university previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies from the university or college attended. (TCU transcripts are not required.)
  • One letter of recommendation attesting to the student's character and ethical conduct from a person who knows the student well (include contact information for follow-up).
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the student's competence, character and ethical conduct in professional settings (include contact information for follow-up).
  • Official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.
  • Evidence of current criminal record search.
  • Personal interviews for students applying to many of the graduate programs.
  • Recent acceptable GRE scores for students applying to the Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership and Science Education and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Educational Leadership, as well as some of the master's degrees.
  • A writing sample (15-20 pages, exclusive of notes and works cited) demonstrating appropriate academic writing skills needed for success in a graduate program for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership and Science Education.
  • An essay, including a short professional background summary, a statement addressing professional goals and a brief philosophy of leadership statement for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Educational Leadership programs as well as for the MBA/Ed.D. program.
  • $60 application fee.
  • Pay the $35 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Program Fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

Admission Deadlines

M.Ed. Applications

  • Nov. 16 for spring admission
  • March 1 for summer/fall admission

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

  • Feb. 1 for summer admission 

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership

  • Nov. 16 for spring admission
  • Feb. 1 for fall admission

Joint MBA/Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Leadership

  • March 1 for fall admission

Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Curriculum Studies, Counseling and Counselor Education, Educational Leadership and Science Education

  • February 1 for summer/fall admission

Retention in the College of Education Graduate Programs

Students must maintain acceptable academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA) in order to advance in the program. The College of Education is dedicated to identifying and intervening to assist students who demonstrate difficulties maintaining these standards.

Any faculty member who has concern about a student's performance and/or professionalism may initiate the Academic Performance and Professionalism Warning (APPW) process. The process operates as follows:

  • The faculty member completes the APPW form describing the concerns and indicating potential strategies and solutions to resolve the problem.
  • A conference between the student and two faculty members is required to complete the APPW form. During the conference, the parties will discuss the student's understanding of the concerns, generate potential solutions, and agree upon a course of action. The APPW contract will be signed by the student and faculty members. If the student fails to respond or attend a conference, the two faculty members will complete the form and notify the student via certified mail.
  • The completed form is submitted to the associate dean, the student and Campus Life.
  • Any student receiving two notices through this process may be considered for dismissal from the College of Education.
  • Except in an unusually severe or critical situation (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, threat of harm to others, etc.), no single retention notice will result in a student being dismissed from the program.
  • These notices do not become part of a student's permanent academic record.