|December 12, 2023
|Fall Graduate School Fellowships
|December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
|See program specific contact information below
|School of Education
CB# 3500, Peabody Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
|Please see program specific phone numbers below
GRE is Optional. Please see Test Requirements section under the Other Requirements for more information.
|Letters of Recommendation
|International Applicants Only
|TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)**
|In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.
PhD in Education Concentrations:
Applied Developmental Science and Special Education
Policy Leadership and School Improvement
Culture, Curriculum and Teacher Education (CCTE)
Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies
Applicants for Fall 2024: Beginning in Fall 2023, the PhD in Education program no longer requires the GRE to apply. Applicants must demonstrate adequate quantitative, analytic, and writing aptitude to be admitted. Students who believe their application materials do not fully reflect their academic potential are encouraged to include in their application an official GRE score received within the last 5 years. Any candidate may submit official, current GRE scores for consideration by the admissions committee.
Letters of Recommendation
Admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions to The Graduate School.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants are not required to submit writing samples as part of their application. However, faculty strongly encourage applicants to include brief writing samples (no longer than 10 pages) demonstrating their ability to compose academic arguments.
The PhD program does not have a formal requirement for years of teaching experience but many jobs in schools of education require 3-5 years’ experience and permanent teaching license, and thus we tend to admit those who we feel we can place in appropriate positions upon graduation. Teaching experience also makes it easier for students to find funding during their doctoral studies.
Applicants must also submit a resume which must include a list of experiences working with children and/or adolescents, such as jobs and volunteer efforts, along with the duration of each experience. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with counseling-related experience and/or experience working with diverse children and adolescents, and to applicants who have experience working in or with schools. Your experience working with children and/or adolescents MUST be obvious in either your resume or statement of purpose.
All application materials are submitted electronically. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline. Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.
*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.