Apply for a Doctor of Education (DEd) in Educational Leadership

Application Deadline

Applications for Summer 2025 will open on September 27, 2024. 

Applications for Summer 2025 will close on January 1, 2025.

Acceptance Rates

Each year we admit a cohort of 10-15 students. 

Application Requirements

Our application process requires students to submit:

  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal goal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Academic writing focused on a problem of practice
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Application Instructions

  • Complete the online application. Please fill out the UO online application form. You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting. You will be able to log in and view/update each section of your application until you submit it. Select Educational Leadership (EDLD) as your department, within the College of Education.
  • Non-refundable application fee The application fee is $70 for domestic students and $90 for international students, paid by credit card or eCheck. Check here to see if you are eligible for a fee reduction or waiver .

“Important note for F-1 Visa Holders/International Students:  This program is considered to be 100% ON-LINE.  Before applying, please check with your Visa administrator to be sure that you are able to participate in an on-line program.” 

References or Letters of Recommendation

Three references are required for 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, Slate will email a request and instructions to referees to log in to the Slate 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.

Goal Statement

  • Please write and upload a goal statement that answers the following:
    • Why are you applying for this program?
    • 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 at the UO? 
  • Your goal statement is a key document in the application process. It 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 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

Writing Sample

Applicants submit a writing sample describing 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.

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


At the time of application, applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, including the University of Oregon. Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the online application. Applicants who accept their offer of admission and matriculate must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which they received a bachelor’s degree or higher. Detailed information about submitting official transcripts is available here.

English Language Proficiency:

All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must satisfy one of the following English Language Proficiency criteria in order to be eligible for admission.

For Any Questions and/or Concerns: 

Julie Alonzo, PhD, Research Associate Professor
Director Educational Leadership Degree Programs

Angela Burham 
Advising/Program Coordinator