Admission to IDEPEL
A cohort of approximately twenty-five members is formed every year. Traditionally the program begins in summer session II. This year, the program will begin in Fall 2013 session starting August 27th. When applying for the program, candidates should choose the summer term as their start term.
- Master's degree from an accredited institution;
- Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5;
- Computer competence and possession of, or access to, a computer with Internet access and printer (specifications to be provided);
- A commitment to participate in the entire program of study in concert with the cohort group; and
- Participation in interviews with the program director and faculty.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required after review of application but is elective as part of the application submission process.
Applicant checklist (no later than May 1 prior to the beginning of a new cohort):
- A completed Saint Joseph's University Graduate Application, and $100 non-refundable application fee;
- Present official undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
- Assure that two letters of recommendation are submitted by professionals familiar with the applicant's academic or work experience, and the capacity to complete a doctoral program;
- Submit a complete resume or vita to include all professional experience, education, certification, and other relevant information;
- Personal Statement: a letter of intention outlining one's professional goals and educational objectives for attending the university.
- Optional but strongly encouraged is the submission of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.
Admission requirements for Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility:
- A completed Saint Joseph's University Graduate Application.
- Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
- 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in graduate work.
- Valid administrative certificate.
- Three years of full-time administrative experience (by the time the degree is awarded).
- Two letters of recommendations from school district administrators; one of which must be from the applicant's supervising administrator. Both letters must substantiate the candidate's leadership potential and qualifications to become a school administrator.
- Portfolio items:
- Essay concerning how superintendents shape learning in their schools
- Resume that includes Evidence of leadership potential (other leadership roles)
- Applicant's educational philosophy
- A written description of a problem based learning activity
- Personal statement-a letter of intention outlining the candidate's professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.