Apply for a DEd in Educational Leadership

Application Deadline

Early Application

Applications Open: December 1, 2020
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021

Extended Application

Applications Open: January 5, 2021
Application Deadline: April 4, 2021

Acceptance Rates

Each year, our cohort size is typically 6-10 students. 

Application Requirements

Our application process requires students to submit:

  • Four letters of reference
  • Personal goal statement in which students are asked to identify individual faculty or research centers whose research aligns with their professional goals
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Scholarly writing focused on a problem of practice
  • Official transcripts

You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting. You will be able to log in and view/updated each section of your application until your payment is made.

Application Instructions

Complete the online Graduate Admission Application; select Educational Leadership (EDLD) as your department, within the College of Education.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application.

Fee Waivers

Students who are applying to multiple graduate programs at the UO need to start the applications, pay the first application fee, and then contact the Graduate School with a request for a fee waiver. 

Students who have been admitted previously to the UO Graduate School and have registered for credits the term they were admitted should still fill out the Admissions Application. The form will ask if you have ever enrolled as an admitted graduate student at the UO; saying yes to this will automatically waive the application fee.

References or Letters of Recommendation

Four references are required for doctoral applicants

  • As part of your online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for individuals who can help determine your potential for success in a graduate program.
  • Individuals who have had previous opportunities to supervise or evaluate your work are the best candidates to write these letters.
  • Upon submission of a completed application, GradWeb will email a request and instructions to referees to log in to the GradWeb system and provide their answers to a series of questions and optionally upload supplemental letters of recommendation.
  • These references must be received before the deadlines for applications to close.
  • We encourage you to list additional references to ensure you get the minimum number required. 

DEd Goal Statement

  • Please write and upload a goal statement that answers the following:
    • Why are you applying for a doctorate of education in EMPL?
    • Address your current or future employment:
      • How would this degree/experience further your career aspirations?
      • How does your interest align with faculty and research centers associated with EMPL?
  • Your goal statement is a key document in the application process.
  • This is your opportunity to describe your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in education.
  • Your statement should discuss any personal skills and experiences that explain your aspirations for graduate study, and how your work, experience, and goals are directly related to the expertise of the EMPL faculty.
  • Successful applications reflect alignment between potential program of study and the expertise of the faculty in supporting this program of study. 

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your vitae should include the following information, beginning with most recent education, including degree and institution (with dates of graduation):

  • Work experiences in education
  • Presentations at conferences or workshops
  • Publications, if any
  • Organizational affiliations
  • Any other relevant professional information 

Scholarly Writing Samples

Applicants to the DEd program submit two writing samples: one describing a problem of practice and the other responding to an article from an educational journal. Both required writing samples should be uploaded as a single, combined file, with each clearly labeled. More details about each of the writing samples are provided below.

Problem of Practice Writing Sample

Write about a problem of practice that warrants change. Your writing should address:

  • What is being done that is either incomplete, incorrect, or ill-informed and could benefit from change in practice?
  • Describe the problem in sufficient detail to understand the context and setting as well as the manner in which this change could/should occur (e.g., deploy professional development, consider experimentation, improve communication systems, etc.).
  • Address the relevant targeted group (students, teachers, parents, administrators, school boards, state departments, etc.) and how this change would benefit them.
  • Finally, in your analysis, cite the scholarly literature that supports your analysis.

Response to a Journal Article

Please also select and respond to an article from an educational journal related to your area of interest in education. In your response, you should:

  • Endorse or refute the article in a manner that displays logic, clarity of thought and writing, and an understanding of the issue(s) anchored to your perspective.
  • The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to analyze, synthesize, and critically reflect on information.
  • Your sample should display strong independent thinking and excellent writing skills.
  • The writing sample should be about 8–10 pages long, double-spaced

A writing sample allows our faculty to ascertain applicants’ skill in writing technical arguments that articulate a perspective and provide supportive logic.

In addition to the writing sample above, students have the option to submit one or more additional samples of scholarly writing (e.g., course papers, articles, essays).

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts

In addition to uploading a copy of a transcript from any college or university from which you earned a degree onto your online GradWeb application, you must also provide an official copy of these transcripts to the Registrar's Office.

The transcript(s) must confirm the awarding of degree(s) received. Please arrange to have these transcripts received by the Registrar's Office by the application deadline EITHER via:

  • Official electronic copy (link to official transcript sent to UO Registrar's Office via email directly from the degree-granting institution)
    • If your degree institution offers official electronic copies sent by a secured provider (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Scrip Safe) you may have them sent directly from the institution at

Note: we cannot accept PDF attachments via email.


  • Official hard copy (paper transcript in a sealed envelope)

Mail to:
Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

International Students

International students must provide the Registrar's Office with a copy of their official transcript in both the language of origin and in an officially recognized translated English version. Please read about special instructions for international transcripts.

  • International students should add an additional six weeks before application deadlines to accommodate the processing of additional required paperwork.
  • Copies of official TOEFL or IELTS score sheets or an explanation must be uploaded as “Additional Documents” to your GradWeb application, and official copies sent to UO Admissions.
  • International students should also visit the Graduate School and follow the instructions listed there to submit additional requirements.
  • Additional information and support can be found at UO Admissions’ International Students Support.