Admissions Requirements for the EdD

Applicants selected for the program must meet all admission standards of the UF Graduate School; the College of Education; the School of Teaching and Learning; and the Teachers, Schools, and Society program area. Briefly, these include:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work and all previous graduate work
  • A Masters or Specialist degree in education (or tightly linked to your professional role/context)
  • At least three years of practical experience in the field of education
  • Currently – and throughout the duration of the program – be working full-time as an education professional
  • 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
  • A brief written response to a prompt assigned by TSS program faculty (see below)

The School of Teaching and Learning has adopted a waiver for the GRE for admissions to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs effective immediately. This waiver is only applicable to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. This does not apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Applicants for the TSS Ed.D. program do not need to supply a GRE record.

Applicants could also be required to participate in virtual 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 attach your statement of purpose regarding your intent to earn the online EdD, a place to attach your resume/CV, and a place to enter email addresses for three 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 previous institutions will submit to UF directly)
  • GRE scores (Contact ETS and they will send to UF directly, code 5812)


  • Essay on assigned topic (see below for essay topic)

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 2022
  • 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

2022 Cohort Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 

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 500-750 words, describe one significant problem of practice that exists in your context and one or two strategies for change that might result in more equitable outcomes for students and/or adults in your context.


Do you need more assistance with the admission process?  Contact Jennifer Talbert ( and/or Earl McKee ( or, 

Do you have program specific questions before you submit your application materials? Contact Dr. Gage Jeter (