EdS EdD Student Application Checklist

Please complete steps one through three to apply for the cohort:



Complete and submit the cohort application by clicking the button.


Registration Form

Complete and submit the cohort registration form by clicking the button.


Application Fee

Use our secure payment center to submit your application fee payment online, call the Graduate Information Office at 800-956-8903 to submit your payment over the phone, or complete page 6 in the Student Information Packet and return by fax to 800-504-7618.


Once you have applied for your seat, please follow the remaining steps to complete your admissions file:


Financial Aid & Payment Options

Determine how you plan to pay for the program: Financial Aid or Pay-As-You-Go. If using Financial Aid, Complete the FAFSA. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible.

If using a Pay-As-You-Go plan, click the button for more information.


Official Transcripts

Arrange for official, sealed transcripts from the university with your highest degree earned and from any university from which you completed licensure.


Employment Verification Forms

Background Check – A background record check is an admissions prerequisite for any applicant seeking enrollment into a graduate education program at Carson-Newman University. An employment verification form can be used to confirm employment in a P-16 setting that requires a background check. The easiest and fastest way to complete this step is to use our online system. This will allow us to e-mail your supervisor on your behalf. If no previous background check has been completed, the applicant will be asked to complete one. Please contact the Graduate Information Office for details.

Verification of Experience – Candidates seeking to earn the Beginning (ILL-B) Tennessee Administrative License must have at least 3 years of full-time education experience in an educational setting. A member of the applicant’s district administration team must verify s/he meets this standard and is eligible to apply for the Administrative Licensure program. The easiest way to complete this step is to use our online system. Please contact the Graduate Information Office for more information.


Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study. This statement should be one to two pages in length. You may upload your statement directly to the Graduate Information Office online, or return by fax (800-504-7618), e-mail, or mail.


GRE Score

Please request for scores to be sent from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE must have been taken within the past ten years using the most recent scoring guide. A total score of 290 (Verbal + Quantitative), including a minimum writing score of 4.0, is expected. 


Scholarly Writing Sample

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