Ph.D. in Education

Admissions Requirements - Literacy & Learners (PhD)

For admissions consideration, applicants should submit:

  • College of Education Application for Admission
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which you earned credit.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken no longer than 5 years prior to application.
  • Statement of Goals which should be written in autobiographical style and explain your interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in education. The statement should address the following questions:
    • How have your personal, academic, and professional experiences shaped your research interests, and how might a doctoral program in Education help you explore those interests?
    • What academic/professional goals would the program help you to achieve following graduation?
    • How does the doctoral program at Temple fit your individual interests, needs, and future goals (including the faculty member whose research best matches your own interests)?
  • Academic Writing Sample which should be a paper written for a class within the last five years.  If applicants do not have a recent paper written for a class, they should compose an op-ed piece on the educational issue of their choosing.  The op-ed should be between 400-1200 words and should be the kind of piece that might appear in the New York Times or Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Two Letters of Reference should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's potential for academic success. References from college/university faculty are recommended.
  • Professional Resume

In addition, international applicants should submit:

  • Official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS exam scores if a non-native speaker of English. A minimum score of 79 TOEFL iBt or 6.5 on IELTS is required for admission.

Submitting Your Documents

Once you have completed your application for admission, your next step is to submit your supporting documents.

Application Deadline

Submit all required admissions documents by the December 1 application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.