Admissions Requirements for Ed.D.

Practicing educators entering the program must meet all admission standards of the UF Graduate School, the College of Education, and the School of Teaching and Learning. These requirements can be found here. Briefly, these include:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work and previous graduate work.
  • An acceptable score on the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). We do not require applicants to take the written portion of the GRE.
  • Three academic/professional letters of recommendation regarding your academic potential.
  • A statement of purpose explaining why this degree would enable you to meet your career goals.

In addition, all applicants must have:

  • Masters or Specialist degree in education (or tightly linked to your teaching role)
  • A minimum of 3 years practical experience in the field of education
  • A current role as a full-time practicing educator
  • An essay on a topic assigned by the TSS program faculty.

Applicants could also be required to participate in telephone interviews with program faculty. As part of the admission process to the online Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in Teachers, Schools, and Society, applicants will sign an admission agreement document.

Applicants should also be aware that because of the intensive cohort nature of this program, it is highly unlikely that graduate credits beyond the master’s degree will count toward this doctoral degree.

To summarize, you will be submitting the following (listed by how to submit):


  • IF YOU ARE NEW TO UF: Online application to the UF Graduate School (link: Online UF Grad School Application) which includes a place to type in your statement of purpose regarding your intent to earn the online Ed.D. and a place to enter email addresses for 3 references. You will also be required to estimate your upper division undergrad GPA (please do this or you will delay admission!)


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (your old institutions will submit to UF directly)
  • GRE scores (Contact ETS and they will send to UF directly, code 5812)

SUBMIT TO OUR COLLEGE to Michelle Mark (

  • Quick email to Michelle to tell her you intend to apply so that she can start a folder and track your admission. You can then attach the two things below:
  • Essay on assigned topic (see below for essay topic)
  • Resume that must include record of 3 years of practical experience and a description of your full-time position as a practicing educator

NOTE: When preparing your admission materials, it is critical that you carefully follow these instructions for Academic Program Information to route your application to the right program:

  • Term: Summer A/C 2020
  • Degree Goal:  Doctorate (including Ed.D)
  • Program of Study: Curriculum and Instruction – Distance Ed
  • Program Specialization:  (type in) TSS
  • Dept Contact Name:  (type in) Gage Jeter

2020 Cohort Application Deadline: December 15, 2019

Essay Topic:  One of the goals of our EdD program is to prepare people who will lead informed change in their contexts to continually improve learning conditions for students and adults. Our program is designed with an explicitly social justice mission. In a two-page essay, write about 1 significant problem of practice that exists in your context and 1-2 strategies for change that might result in more equitable outcomes for students and/or adults in your context.

Do you feel like you need more assistance with the admission process?  Contact Ms. Michelle Mark (