Please complete this process as soon as possible. The application deadline is May 1st of each year. Application review begins shortly after and selection interviews will follow. Applications will be accepted until all cadre openings are filled.

All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Candidates for this program must hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Online Application - free to file! The $30 application fee will not be charged until your first term of enrollment.
        -   For questions about the Doctorate of Education Program- program design, coursework, timeline, etc. - please contact Dr. Cate Sommervold, Director at or Karla Cooper, Program Assistant at
  2. Provide an official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor degree (see contact information below for mailing or parchment address).
  3. Provide an official transcript from the institution where you earned your graduate degree (see contact information below for mailing or parchment address).
  4. Request three letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, or other professionals who can assess your ability to succeed in a post master’s level program.
  5. A 2-3 page writing sample indicating reasons for your interest in Doane’s Doctorate of Education program including professional goals for leadership in your field.
  6. A completed certification of criminal and professional practices history.  Please complete the following: Disclosure form.
  7. A copy of your current resume or vitae that includes all professional experiences.
  8. A copy of the student's current teaching certificate or any other relevant certifications, if applicable.
  9. Interview and approval from Doctorate of Education Director after the above materials are received.

Once you have applied or inquired about our program, a member of the enrollment team will contact you to assist with the admission process. For immediate assistance you can contact us at 402.467.9000 or toll-free 844.321.6642 or by email at


Doane University Enrollment Team
Non-residential & Online
303 N. 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68504

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