Student Application Checklist

For Ed.S. and Ed.D. Programs

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Thank you for your interest in Carson Newman University's Ed.S. and Ed.D. degree programs.

To complete your preliminary application and start an admission file, we will need your application, registration, and $50 application fee. These items are found in Steps 1-3 and can be completed by clicking the button(s) next to each step.



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 - WAIVED

In light of COVID-19 and the financial strain placed upon individuals and families during this time, Carson-Newman is waiving all application fees.

After completing steps 1 & 2, an admission’s specialist will reach out to you confirming your application has been processed. In the meantime, please proceed with the remaining steps:


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

Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required. Arrange for official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. We can accept unofficial copies for provisional acceptance.


Employment Verification Form

An employment verification form can be used to confirm employment in a P-12 school system. 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. Please contact the Graduate Information Office for details.


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.


For Administrative Licensure Specialization Students Only:


Professional Educators License

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


Verification of Experience Form

Candidates seeking to earn the Beginning (ILL-B) Tennessee Administrative License must have at least 2 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 Principal Licensure program. The easiest way to complete this step is to use our online system. Please note, all program requirements for this specialization must completed in Tennessee. Please contact the Graduate Information Office for more information.