Admission Requirements

Admission to IDEPEL

A cohort of approximately twenty-five members is formed every year according to the Admission Procedures and Requirements. Candidates for admission are considered for inclusion in the cohort based upon a faculty review process.

General Admission Requirements Checklist

  • 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.
  • Completion of all application requirements.

General Admission Requirements that DO NOT include the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility or Principal Certification:

For potential admission to a new cohort group, each applicant will:

  1. Submit a letter of application, completed application form, and $100 non-refundable application fee;
  2. Present official undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  3. 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;
  4. Submit a complete resume or vita to include all professional experience, education, certification, and other relevant information;
  5. Submit two personal essays that:
    • Document one’s own commitment to the education and growth of students and educators;
    • Identify one’s professional goals and how this program will help attain these goals; and
  6. If required, submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam that are within five years of the date of application.

Admission Requirements FOR Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

  1. A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  2. Master’s degree.
  3. Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  4. 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in graduate work.
  5. 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 an assistant/superintendent of schools
  6. Principal or supervisory certificate.
  7. Six years of satisfactory professional certificated service of which three of the six years must have been in a certificated supervisory or administrative capacity.
  8. Submit a copy of professional certification.
  9. Portfolio items:
    • Essay concerning how principals 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.

 

Admission Requirements FOR Principal Certification 

  1. A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  2. Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  3. 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in a master’s program.
  4. Valid teaching certificate.
  5. Five years full-time teaching experience (by the time the degree is awarded).
  6. 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.
  7. Portfolio items:
    • Essay concerning how principals 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.