Ed.S. / Ed.D. Admission Requirements

To apply for the Carson-Newman education specialist program, please follow these steps:

Apply for admission

Register for the cohort program

Submit your $50 application fee

When you have reserved your seat in the program, complete these steps: 

Set up your payment plan

Request transcripts

Verify employment

Present your statement of purpose

The admission requirements for Fall 2023 are as follows:

— GPA of 3.3 from Graduate studies and a Scholarly Writing Sample:

  • Choice 1: Thesis or published writing (preferred and accepted as is)
  • Choice 2: See prompt below (rubric will be used for scoring)

 — Two references (two professional/academic)

 — Professional experience in an educational environment (3 years minimum)

  • Teaching license
  • Other proof of experience if from a non-licensed environment

 — GRE will be optional

Submit a sample of scholarly writing you have completed in the past. APA-formatted master’s research or thesis is preferred. 


If you have a valid Professional Educators License, please submit a copy of your certificate to the Graduate Information Office by fax (800-504-7618) or by email to csmith@graduateprogram.org.

Upcoming Information Meetings

To discover more about the EdS program, join us for an information meeting in your local area or online. We’ll discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans and any specific questions you may have. In-person meetings run approximately 30 minutes, and online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. We’re also available for one-on-one virtual meetings at your convenience. 

RSVP for one of our scheduled meetings, or contact the Graduate Information Office to schedule an individual meeting. 

Due to the growing concern of COVID-19, face-to-face meetings may be moved to an online format. You will be notified if this measure is taken, and given instructions to log in for an online meeting.

You may register for local area, or online meetings by clicking “RSVP” next to your desired time.

Face-to-face meetings run approximately 30 minutes. Online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. During these meetings, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans, and any specific questions that you may have.

You can also email Chris Smith to have a Student Information Packet emailed to you, and have any questions answered by our admission counselors. 

For questions please contact the Graduate Information Office.

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Graduate & Professional Studies
1646 Russell Ave.
Jefferson City, TN 37760
P 800-678-9061
E adult@cn.edu