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 and Registration Form. These items are found in Steps 1 & 2 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

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. 


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.


Professional Reference Forms

The easiest and fastest way to request a reference is to use our online system. This will allow us to e-mail reference forms directly to your recommenders on your behalf. Each applicant must submit two recommendation forms from professional or academic references (1 professional and 1 academic is preferred but not required).


Scholarly Writing Sample

Submit a sample of scholarly writing you have completed in the past. APA-formatted thesis or published work is preferred and will be accepted. If the applicant does not have access to a copy of a scholarly writing sample, they may contact the Graduate Information Office for a writing prompt.


Professional Educators License

If you have a valid Professional Educators License, please submit a copy of your certificate to the Graduate Information Office by email to A copy of your teaching license can also be found at TNcompass. All applicants must have 3 years of education experience by the start of the program. If you do not have a teaching license, then you may provide other proof of education experience. Please contact the Graduate Information Office for more details.



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.


Confidentiality Agreement For Field Placement Assignments

Complete and submit the confidentiality agreement form by clicking the button.

For anyone joining a program that leads towards ILL-B (Principal) licensure:


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.