Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Please note, to be considered for the Online Ed.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction you need to complete both the Texas A&M graduate admissions requirements and the TLAC departmental requirements below.

Texas A&M Graduate Admissions

If you are currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University, contact our office at (979) 862-8122 for information on applying to the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC) department.

  • Completed Apply Texas Application: A completed ApplyTexas application. Apply online at The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. (Applications for Spring 2019 will be available April 1, 2018.)
  • Application Fee: A non-refundable $65 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Texas A&M University Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060.
  • Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit the registrar's website.
  • GRE Scores: GRE Scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services to Texas A&M University and be from a date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores. Department code not needed.
  • Departmental Essays: Responses to all essays, prompts included below under "TLAC Required Essays" must be uploaded as one document with appropriate essay headings into Texas A&M's Applicant Information System (AIS) portal. 
  • Resume/ vita: Upload your resume/ vita, which includes employment, professional presentations, publications, grants, professional certifications/ licenses held and participation in professional organization to the Applicant Information System (AIS) as a document. 
  • Writing Sample:  Writing sample of 10-15 pages that demonstrates your writing abilities and potential for success in the program should be uploaded into Texas A&M's Applicant Information System (AIS) portal. Examples include, but are not limited to, a journal article, a paper written for class, or a graduate capstone project. 
  • Reference Surveys/ Letters: Submit information for at least three references to the electronic reference system in the Applicant Information System. Reference letters can be uploaded in addition to, but not in place of, these surveys. 
  • TOEFL Scores (international applicants only): Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. The institutional code for Texas A&M University for the TOEFL is 6003. Department code not needed. 

Send application materials to the advising office at 4232 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4232 or by email to

For questions regarding the Ed.D application, contact the Graduate Advising Office at (979) 862-8122 or


  • The next cohort of Ed.D. students will begin Spring 2019
  • The application deadline for the Spring 2019 Cohort is August 1st 2018.

TLAC Required Essays

Please submit these essays as one document with appropriate headings to Texas A&M's Applicant Information System. Your responses will be evaluated holistically by rubric using these four criteria: (1) Focus, (2) Content, (3) Style and Organization, and (4) Mechanics and Format. Employ your best writing skills and include in-text citations to attribute specific ideas to experts. APA format is required.


  1. Describe your personal and professional experiences that have contributed to your current desire to pursue a leadership-focused doctoral degree. What are your professional goals for the foreseeable future? How do you think obtaining an Ed.D from Texas A&M University will help you reach these goals?

  2. There are two distinct kinds of doctoral degrees in the field of education, namely an Ed.D and a Ph.D. Explain the differences between the two. Why are you interested in pursuing the Ed.D?

  3. Discuss an area of professional interest that might become a topic of study with your doctoral program. Why is this area of study of interest to you? What contributions might your work make to the profession? Support your discussion with citations and references. Limit your response to no more than 1500 words.

  4. The Online Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture requires considerable time for its completion. This question requires you to consider the arrangements you will have to fulfill program requirements while you are still employed. Please consider both items (a) and (b) below, which provide details for estimating the time required for courses and internships to complete the Ed.D degree. After you have read (a) and (b), please answer the set of questions appearing after each of them. 

    • (a) Time commitment for course work. Students in the Ed.D program will be registered for two 3-hour courses each Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. It is estimated that the maximum time commitment per week during Fall and Spring semesters is 18 hours outside class (9 hrs/course). During the 10-week Summer semester, the maximum time commitment is 25 hours per week outside class (12.5 hrs/course). 

      • What potential problem(s) do you foresee in fulfilling the time requirement for course work? What steps would you pursue (and with whom) to solve the potential problems you have identified?  Please answer both questions completely.

    • (b) Internship hours. Two 150-hour internships are required in the Spring and Fall semester of the third year of the Ed.D program. The focus of Internship I is on leadership, and a 3-hour course complements the internship activities for this internship. The focus of Internship II is on collecting data to frame your ROS problem. In Internship II, you would be responsible for the problem-framing process. On the average, about 10-12 hours per week would be required to complete the internship, which could average two to two and a half hours per day. As the hours cannot be part of your regularly assigned occupational duties, many times an intern must make an arrangement with his/her supervisor to use lunch periods, flexible scheduling, and/or time before or after school to complete the hours required. 

      • (1) What structures are currently in place at your educational setting to support your prospective internship?

      • (2) What potential problem(s) do you foresee in fulfilling the non-negotiable internship requirements for the Ed.D at this University? What steps would you pursue (and with whom) to solve the potential problems you have identified? Please answer both questions completely.