Doctor of Education Admission

Lead in Education with a Concordia EdD

The Doctor of Education (EdD) at Concordia University Texas is a three-year online program with two weeklong summer residencies at our beautiful Austin, Texas, campus. The degree is ideal for education professionals and organizational trainers who are looking to advance in their careers and assume leadership roles. The ultimate goal of the Concordia EdD is to better you so that you can empower your students and staff to do amazing things.

EdD students spend the first two years of the program completing valuable coursework and the final year working on either a cumulative research-based inquiry of practice (CRIP) or formal dissertation.

The first year is composed of 21 credit hours of core classes, through which students build foundational knowledge and skills. After completing the qualifying exam, students are entered into candidacy for the Concordia EdD and begin specialization coursework.

The EdD offers two specializations:

  • Educational Leadership emphasizes leadership at the district/central office level. During pursuit of this specialty, students will also become eligible to sit for the TExES Superintendent exam (195). No additional courses are required for this certification.
  • Curriculum & Instruction emphasizes leadership abilities, specifically in curriculum, and strategies for teaching mastery.

Students complete 21 credit hours of specialization courses during the second year. Throughout the third year, students shift their entire focus to completing the required practicum and either a CRIP project or dissertation. Following this plan, students can complete the entire program in three years.

Modality: Online with two one-week summer residencies in Austin, Texas

Time to Completion: 3 years (nine semesters)

Admissions Deadlines

Fall 2021 Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

Fall 2021 Acceptance Confirmation Deadline: July 1, 2021

Admission Requirements & Application Process

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete application
  2. Master's degree from an accredited university with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Combined five years of credited teaching experience and/or administrative/leadership experience (mid-management or principal certification for those seeking Texas Superintendent Certification)
  4. Employer Support Form (PDF) or a letter from applicant's employer indicating support for the candidate's pursuit of the EdD, willingness to allow candidate to conduct fieldwork in the organization (if a school district), and flexibility in work schedule so candidate can attend class and conduct approved fieldwork
  5. Letters of Reference (LOR) - 3 LOR from professional sources that must include:
    • Present supervisor
    • Academic/Professor
    • Co-worker/Professional peer
  6. Official transcripts from accredited master's degree-conferring institution
  7. Resume or CV that summarizes educational and professional career (Applicant should be able to explain any gaps in service)
  8. Letter of intent that introduces the applicant to the EdD Review Committee and answers the question, "Given the mission of Concordia, what can this program do for me?" (two typed pages, double-spaced)
    Mission Statement: Concordia University Texas empowers students of all backgrounds to lead lives of critical thought, compassionate action and courageous leadership. As a liberal arts university rooted in the Lutheran tradition and affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia develops the mind, heart, soul and body, preparing leaders for lives of service.
  9. Sample of scholarly writing (research from graduate school, published article or paper that demonstrates ability to conduct cited scholarly research in APA style)
  10. For Texas Superintendent Certification only — copy of service record and Social Security number
  11. Evidence of English language fluency (if applicable)
  12. Although no formal testing required for entry, scores from recent (five years or less) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be accepted and may be used if space is limited

Space in the program will be limited, so the quality of items submitted will be taken into account. Various point values may be assigned to the above items in cases where there are more qualified applicants than program space. In all cases, Concordia will select students who present the most competitive applications and who we consider most likely to be successful, contributing members of the Concordia community who will graduate.

NOTE: Only fully complete admissions packets will be forwarded to the EdD Review Committee. Applications with incomplete materials will be held until all materials are received.

Application Process

The admissions process begins with submitting an application to the Office of Admissions. Decisions regarding acceptance are made at completion of the application file. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

1. Online Application and Application Fee

Complete the online application and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee. On your application, please use your legal name and fill in any maiden names.

If you have a promo code, do not enter your credit card information.

2. Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from the college or university where you earned your master's degree.

The Office of Admissions requires that you have the official transcript from your degree-granting institution sent directly to the University (see official address below). Please request your transcript immediately, as it may take up to six weeks for transcripts to arrive in our office.

If any transcripts are from a foreign institution, an official WES Foreign Education Credential Service evaluation must be completed and sent to the Office of Admissions. For more information please visit the WES websites. Please note: This process could take several weeks.

You have three ways to get your transcripts to Concordia:

1. Student Delivered
A student-delivered transcript will be accepted as an official transcript only if it is received in the original sealed envelope and stamped by the institution of records as "Issued to Student in a Sealed Envelope."

2. Electronically
National Transcript Center

3. Mailed
All mailed transcripts should go to:

Concordia University Texas
Office of Admissions Processing
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX 78726

3. Professional Work Experience

Submit a copy of your resume that shows at least five combined years of credited teaching experience and/or administrative/leadership experience (mid-management or principal certification for those seeking Texas Superintendent Certification). Leadership experience should be starred on your resume if it's not obvious.

Students seeking Texas Superintendent Certification must submit a copy of their service record and Social Security number.

4. Other Materials

EdD applicants must also submit the following:

  • Employer Support Form (PDF) or a letter of support from your employer
  • Three letters of reference
  • Letter of intent
  • Sample of scholarly writing
  • Evidence of English-language fluency (if applicable)
  • Optional GRE scores

5. Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the online federal application at for the school year. The Concordia University Texas school code is 003557.

For those eligible, financial aid is available in the form of unsubsidized loans.

6. Payment Options

The Concordia EdD features locked-in tuition, meaning that you will pay the same rate of tuition throughout the entire program.

Where to send all admissions documents:

Office of Admissions Processing
Concordia University Texas
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX 78726

FAX: 512-313-4639

Program Costs

The Concordia EdD program offers locked-in tuition, meaning that you will pay the same tuition rate throughout the duration of the program.

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Financial Aid Opportunities

Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn about payment options, deadlines, FAFSA and how to get help paying for your education.

For those eligible, financial aid is available in the form of unsubsidized loans.

If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Payment Types

Concordia accepts three methods of payment:

  • Online through your MyInfo account
  • Check or money order sent by mail to: Concordia University Texas, Attn: Student Accounts, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, TX 78726
  • Cash, check, credit or debit card at the Student Central office, which is located on campus at C-256 in Cedel Hall

Payment plans are available and can be set up through your MyInfo account.

If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Service Members Information

Concordia University Texas is grateful, proud and supportive of those who have or continue to serve through the military.

For those looking to start or continue their education, we have a variety of options to assist. CTX is a Yellow-Ribbon Institution and accepts most VA-funded students, including Montgomery and Post 9/11. Note that the Hazelwood Act is only valid for public institutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the EdD FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Doctor of Education Program FAQ

Application for Admission

The online application is available for you to apply to the program. You will be able to save your progress as you add the required files and information needed for acceptance.

Please review the requirements before starting your application.

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