Admissions Process for PhD in Education Program

General Application Requirements:

  • The application deadline for the TEAL C&I Doctoral Program is February 1. (The deadline for distance doctoral applicants is February 1 of even-numbered years).
  • The application process does not begin without the $55 application fee. Once the fee is paid, it takes 4-6 weeks for all materials to be processed. All materials must be processed by February 1.
  • Decisions regarding assistantships for full-time Logan doctoral students are generally made in March or April for the following academic year. Assistantships are limited, and to be considered for an assistantship, applicants must be prepared to teach undergraduate teacher education courses or work as research assistants.
  • Admitted students should matriculate the following fall semester.
  • Applicants must show evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience and have completed a master's degree in education or closely related field (e.g., Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences).

Checklist for admission:

To apply, carefully follow these directions:

STEP 1: Take the GRE General Test. (Consider taking a GRE prep test. GRE scores should be at or above the 40th percentile or higher on both the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning portions of the test). The computer-based GRE revised General Test sends official scores in approximately 10–15 days. Official scores for the paper-based tests are sent within 6 weeks from testing.  Registration and testing sites are available online here:

STEP 2: Solicit letters of recommendation from 3 people who can vouch for your academic potential in a doctoral program. You need their consent and their email addresses, which you can enter into the electronic application system. Recommenders receive an email with directions for how to log in and submit recommendations.

STEP 3: Have official transcripts from all institutions of higher education sent directly to:
USU School of Graduate Studies
900 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

STEP 4: Complete the electronic USU Graduate School Application (

  • Under Planned Choice of Study, select “Education: Curriculum and Instruction” for your choice of study.
  • Under Enrollment Information, select "College of Education". 
  • Under Additional Information: upload a 500-word Statement of Purpose essay.  Compose the essay as a separate document so that you can develop your ideas and then cut and paste it into your School of Graduate Studies Application.  You will also submit this separately to the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program.  Detailed information about the Statement of Purpose can be found by clicking here.

STEP 5: Send the following to:

Krista Terrell, 2805 Old Main Hill, USU, Logan, Utah 84332-2805 or email

  • An up-to-date vitae or resume that summarizes your academic and employment history.  Because we require two years of teaching experience for admission, your vitae/resume must include information detailing your teaching experience (including dates).
  • A separate copy of the essay already submitted with your Graduate School Application, described above.
  • Distance Doctoral Cohort Program applicants must also submit a Declaration of Commitment form.

Application questions should be addressed to Krista Terrell.

Contact Information

Program Staff Assistant: Krista Terrell | | 435-797-1473

Program Director: Dr. Kathleen Mohr | | 435-797-3946

School of Teacher Education and Leadership
2805 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-2805

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