Academics

Doctor of Education Admissions

To inquire about this program:
Margaret Park, Academic Support
865.531.4109 | margaret.park@LMUnet.edu

Domestic Applicants



Domestic applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program must meet the following criteria and submit required documentation as stipulated. Admission packages for membership in the fall cohort group must be submitted in completed form prior to April 15 of the year in which admission is being sought. The admissions process consists of two stages with the first being a paper-based document review and the second, a performance-based assessment that includes a writing sample and interview.



Paper-Based Document Review (Stage One)

  • Application Form
  • Application fee of $50 (USD), non-refundable
  • Examination Data.
    • Official score reports from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) depicting performance in the areas of quantitative reasoning; and verbal and analytic writing are required but provisional admission may be granted for a period of time during which the applicant prepares and registers for the examination. In the event an applicant has extant GRE data, these data must be less than five (5) years old as of the date of application. Applicants must obtain a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 750 (or 285 if taken after August 1, 2011) and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5.
  • Transcripts for all graduate level coursework
  • Three (3) recommendations from persons knowledgeable of applicant’s professional experience and skills
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita

The Admissions Committee will review all documents and rate the applicants per their ability to successfully complete requirements within the doctoral program. In the event this review leads the Committee to make an affirmative decision, the applicant will advance to Stage Two of the application process. All decisions made by the Admissions Committee are final. In some cases, a conditional or provisional status may be granted with additional preparation required in order for an applicant to obtain full graduate status.


Performance-Based Assessment Component (Stage Two Review)

Those applicants recommended for additional consideration will be invited to complete the following assessments:

  • Writing Sample. In a proctored setting, applicants will have a specified period of time in which to respond in writing to a select number of essay questions.
  • Structured Interview. Applicants will participate in personal interviews with members of the doctoral program faculty. These interviews will be held at the Cedar Bluff campus in Knoxville, TN.

The Admissions Committee will review all available data and forward a final recommendation for, or denial of, admission to the applicant. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final. Upon notice of acceptance, applicants will work with an assigned faculty member to complete a program of study appropriate to the degree program and concentration(s) she or he has selected. Sample program of studies plans are available for review on another page of the School of Education website(www.lmunet.edu/education.)
Admitted applicants are required to attend a program orientation before beginning their work in the program.  Failure to do so, may result in a deferred enrollment or re-assessment of the admittance decision.


International Applicants



International applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program must meet the following criteria and submit required documentation as stipulated. Admission packages for membership in the fall cohort group must be submitted in completed form prior to April 15 of the year in which admission is being sought. The admissions process consists of two stages with the first being a paper-based document review and the second, a performance-based assessment that includes a writing sample and interview.

Documents Required for Program Admission (Stage One)

  • Application Form
  • Application fee of $50 (USD), non-refundable
  • Examination Data.

Applicants from Non-English speaking countries:

    • In those cases where English is not the native language of the applicant, score reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for admission. In order to qualify for program admission, applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 71 (iBT), 197 (cBT) or 527 (paper-based) as determined by the type of examination that was taken. In the case of the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.0 is required for program admission.
    • International candidates seeking to transfer from other regionally accredited United States post-secondary institutions who have earned a minimum of thirty (30) college-level credit hours and who meet the aforementioned standards of academic proficiency will not be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
 

Applicants from English-speaking countries:

  • In those cases whereby English is the spoken language, official score reports from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) depicting performance in the areas of quantitative reasoning; verbal and analytic writing are required. These data must be less than five (5) years old as of the date of application. Applicants must obtain a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 750 (or 285 if taken after August 1, 2011) and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5.
  • Official Transcripts for all graduate level coursework.  LMU requires that all graduate-level transcripts for international candidates be evaluated and translated by an outside service. The official transcripts must be sent to World Education Services (www.wes.org, or www.jsilny.com) for evaluation and verification that the degree is equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree. The official WES report should be sent to LMU along with the application packet.
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS requires every international candidate to have sufficient finances to cover their cost while in the United States. The applicant must complete and return an Affidavit of Support and Certification of Finances forms.
  • Passport.  A copy of applicant’s passport.
  • Recommendations. Three (3) recommendations from persons knowledgeable of applicant’s professional knowledge and skills
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A copy of the applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae
  • Additional Documents. Additional documents may be requested at time of application.

All of the above information must be received and admission granted before issuance of an I-20 form which is required to obtain a candidate visa. Applicants will be required to sign the form and pay the Candidate and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee (see www.fmjfee.com.)

The Admissions Committee will review applicant packages and make a determination regarding the applicant’s level of preparation and likelihood of success in completing the degree requirements. In the event these data lead the Committee to make an affirmative decision, the applicant will advance to Stage Two of the application process.

Performance-Based Assessment Components (Stage Two)

Those applicants recommended for additional consideration will be required to complete the following assessments:

  • Writing Sample. Applicants will submit a copy of a thesis or a formal paper that they completed as part of their master’s degree program.
  • Structured Interview. Applicants will participate in an online structured interview with members of the doctoral program faculty.

The Admissions Committee will review all available data and forward a final recommendation for, or denial of, admission to the applicant and/or his or her representative. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final. Upon notice of acceptance, applicants will work with an assigned faculty member to complete a program of study appropriate to the degree program and concentration(s) she or he has selected. Sample program of studies plans are posted and available for review within another section of this Handbook or on the School of Education website(www.lmunet.edu/education.)
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to undertake any identity verification procedures that it believes are required in order to validate the applicant’s personal identity. Such procedures may include, but not be limited to: direct contact with university faculty having personal knowledge of applicant; request for additional documentation; photographic identification; and other means as might be deemed necessary to authenticate the identity of applicant.
In the event of fraudulent misrepresentation of identity:

  • if discovered during the application process, the process shall be immediately terminated and the School of Education shall have no obligation to return any monies or materials provided it as part of the application process; and
  • if discovered after admission has been granted, the applicant shall be immediately dismissed from the program and forfeit any and all rights to re-enrollment.

International candidates who are granted admission to Lincoln Memorial University will receive a letter of acceptance; the letter and the I-20 form furnished by the University must be presented to the Consular Office of the United States to which the candidate applies for a candidate visa. The University will not enroll any candidate to attend Lincoln Memorial University not approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); the University will not enroll candidates issued visas for enrollment at other colleges or universities.


Admission Statuses



Provisional


Applicants may be admitted to the doctoral program on a provisional basis. In this case, the admissions committee has determined that the admissions package is missing one or more of the required documents (i.e., GRE scores; transcripts; writing sample; etc.). In order to move from provisional to full graduate status, the then candidate must ensure that the admissions committee has access to all materials that are required for it to make an informed decision regarding program admission. Candidates admitted on a provisional basis must work to obtain full graduate status by the end of the second term of their program of studies.

Candidates entering with a provisional status often do so as a result of not having completed the Graduate Record Examination. To assist candidates in their preparation for this examination, LMU has developed a collection of GRE study materials and will facilitate and support study groups.

If a candidate on provisional status due to the absence of GRE scores completes the examination but fails to obtain scores that meet the program’s required level of performance, he or she will be placed on conditional admittance and subject to the assessment process in place for an admission of this type.

Conditional


Applicants may also be admitted to the doctoral program on a conditional basis. An assignment of this status indicates that, although all mandatory admissions paperwork has been duly submitted, one or more criteria required for program admission have not yet been met. Conditional status is often accorded as a result of GRE scores that do not meet the program’s required level of performance.

Candidates who enter with a conditional status will, as part of assignments within the first two terms of coursework, develop and submit a dissertation prospectus which will be subject to review by two faculty members as well as the dissertation reviewer. This review will occur at the end of the second term of coursework

Given that this review indicates, in the opinion of the faculty, the candidate has the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete the program, his or her admission will be changed to reflect full graduate status.


Full Graduate Status


Candidates who have successfully met all program requirements, upon admission, are accorded full graduate status.


****TOEFL scores are non-negotiable – applicants failing to perform at the stipulated level shall not be considered for admission to the program

****The GRE scores may be waived in lieu of an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score