Future Students: How to Apply

Admission of students to doctoral study in the Louisiana Education Consortium is based on the following:

  1. Applicant must submit an application to the graduate school on one of the LEC campuses.
    GSU— & Schools/Grad Studies/admis.htm
  2. Applicant must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in an area related to his/her proposed program of study and a standard P-12 teaching certificate.
  3. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.25*.
  4. Prior to October 1, 2002, applicant must have completed the Graduate Record Examination with minimum scores of 1000 (V+Q) or 1500 (V+Q+A)*. After October 1, 2002, applicant must have completed the Graduate Record Examination with minimum 1000 (V+Q) + minimum 4.5 A for Full Admission OR minimum 1000 (V+Q) + minimum > 3.5 A for Probational Admission.
  5. Applicant must have teaching and/or administrative experience in a P-12 school or similar educational setting. Submit copy of valid teaching certificate.
  6. Applicant must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with his/her character, teaching and/or administrative performance, and ability to perform academically on the doctoral level.
  7. Applicants should complete their admission portfolios by inclusion of a personal resume and samples of their writing, particularly writing that has been published.

* An applicant whose credentials do not meet GPA or GRE minimums may qualify for probationary or conditional status.
Further inquiries should be addressed to individual campuses:

Dr. Vicki Brown
LEC Campus Director
Grambling State University
(318) 274-2785
P.O.Box 46
Grambling, LA 71245

Dr. Lawrence Leonard
LEC Campus Director
Louisiana Tech University
(318) 257-3753
P.O. Box 3163 T.S.
Ruston, LA 71272

Dr. Bob Cage
LEC Campus Director
The University of Louisiana at Monroe
(318) 342-1288
700 University Ave.
Monroe, LA 71209

Conditional Admission
Any applicant meeting all other requirements for admission except minimum GPA or GRE scores may appeal to the LEC Board for consideration or conditional admission. The Board may admit to individual campuses, under these conditions, up to ten percent of the total number of students admitted during any term not to exceed the campus total of 15 students per year. No student shall be admitted when the student's GRE test performance is in the lowest quartile among students taking the test on the same date.

  1. Retention Standards
    Students enrolled in consortium doctoral programs must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average during each term of enrollment. Failure to earn a 3.0 grade point average in any term will result in the student's being placed on probation for the following term.
  2. The student must remove the probation during the next term of enrollment by raising the cumulative grade point average to at least 3.0. Failure to achieve this grade point average will result in the student's termination from the program.
  3. Students earning more than two C's or lower in academic coursework during pursuit of the doctorate will be dismissed from the program.
  4. Appeals for reinstatement to consortium doctoral programs must be approved on the student's campus of enrollment and by the Consortium Governing Board.

Other Program Requirements
The approved degree program for each doctoral student must include a minimum of sixty hours beyond the master's degree of which at least one-half must be in coursework open only to doctoral students. Persons possessing the Educational Specialist Degree in the area in which they are pursuing the doctorate must complete a minimum of 45 additional semester hours of credit for the doctorate. At least one-half of the total number of semester hours used for doctoral degree purposes must be taken in courses open only to doctoral students.

Graduation Requirements
The student must successfully complete all coursework, experiential, and examination requirements with a minimum 3.25 grade point average.

Campus Enrollment
Initial campus enrollment may not be changed during the student's matriculation in the doctoral program. Each student pursuing the doctorate through the Louisiana Education Consortium will be required to enroll in classes on the campus of each participating institution. A minimum of fifteen semester hours of the minimum sixty semester hours required for the doctorate must be taken on the campuses of participating institutions other than the host campus. At least two courses must be taken on each campus.

Registration for the LEC
Registration procedures for course work, parking, and required fees follow:

  • The HOME institution will send a copy of its Application and Graduate Admission Letter for each LEC student admitted to each Admissions Office of the LEC HOST institutions. In essence, each LEC institution will have an application on file (entered into the mainframe) of all students participating in the Consortium doctoral program (Example: If 15 students are enrolled at each of the three institutions, all 45 students will have a record at each University).
  • Each student is expected to complete an LEC Parking Registration Form and pay required fees at the HOME campus.
  • Required fees will be paid at the HOME institution, regardless of full or part-time status. The student must register at the HOME institution's Registrar's Office for the HOME and HOST institution course(s). The student's tuition will be waived at the HOST institution. (Special course-related fees may be assessed to the full or part-time enrollee at the HOST institution for certain courses that might require special fees. These fees will be paid at the HOST institution.)

Residence Requirements
Students pursuing the Doctor of Education degree through the Louisiana Education Consortium will be required to spend at least two consecutive semesters/quarters in residence on the campus from which the degree is to be awarded. Students must be enrolled as full-time students during the time in which the residence requirement is being met. During residency the student will be expected to participate in additional professional growth activities such as writing for publication, conducting professional development seminars focusing on research interests, and participating in other professional activities associated with the development of expertise in his/her subject area.

Internship Requirements
Students must satisfactorily complete as a minimum, a one-term, six semester-hour internship while enrolled in the doctoral program. Students are eligible to apply for internship only after successful completion of the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. The purpose of internship is to further the experience of the student in his/her chosen field. The internship must be completed at a site other than the student's place of employment.

Transfer Credits
A total of nine semester hours of graduate credit appropriate to the student's degree program nay be transferred from institutions offering regionally accredited graduate programs. No credits for which a grade of less than B has been earned may be transferred into this program. Neither internship nor dissertation credit may be transferred into consortium programs.

Statute of Limitations
All coursework, internships and the dissertation must be completed within a seven year time period from date of admission to program. Courses transferred into the doctoral program must also be within the seven year time limit for completion. Any appeal for extension must be approved by the Consortium Governing Board.

Awarding of Degrees
The Doctor of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership shall be awarded by the institution to which the student has been admitted for doctoral study. The diploma will acknowledge that the degree was earned through a consortium of institutions.

Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted as follows:

Summer Deadline: March 15
Fall Deadline: April 15

Copyright © Louisiana Education Consortium all rights reserved