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Developmental Education

Doctoral Program Director
Dr. Sonya Armstrong
ASBN, Room 401F

Advisor Support
Dena Guerrero
ASBN, Room 401

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As the first doctor of philosophy and one of three doctor of education programs in developmental education in the country, the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs fill a crucial need for innovative research in a field that serves students under prepared for post-secondary education by valuing social, cultural and critical perspectives.

Degree Concentration Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ed.D. Developmental Literacy 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours
Ph.D. Developmental Literacy 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours
Ed.D. Developmental Mathematics 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours
Ph.D. Developmental Mathematics 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours
Ed.D. Learning Support 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours
Ph.D. Learning Support 54 hours 12 hours 66 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard March 31 March 31
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in a field relevant to developmental education from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all completed graduate course work

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections

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  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (500 words) demonstrating your research interest and goals as a developmental educator and your potential to contribute to the advancement of scholarly work in the field of developmental education. A discussion of your relevant teaching, research, and/or policy experience should be included as well as clear evidence of your commitment to research and scholarship.
  • three letters of recommendation addressing your professional and academic background

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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