Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Students should adhere to the general procedures for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Florida and the School of Teaching & Learning. Click here for admission criteria.

In addition to the materials listed on that website, potential TSS applicants should:

1. Submit a resume, showing at least three years of teaching experience and including the professional development experiences you have had (e.g., presentations, curriculum development, school and community leadership).

2. Submit an essay:

Our website describes our program as follows: “Our Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teachers, Schools, and Society is designed to prepare individuals as researchers in the field of teaching and teacher education. This campus-based program is designed for full-time students who have a passion for the pursuit of social justice and ensuring that schools develop the potential of all learners.”

Please write a statement of no more than 500 words that explains your rationale for applying to this Ph.D. program, your aspirations for your learning within and contributions to the program, and how you anticipate this program can prepare you for meeting your career goals.

Please follow the application instructions on our department website carefully. Click here to go to the STL admissions page.

The School of Teaching and Learning has adopted a waiver for the GRE for admissions to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs effective Fall of 2023.


For questions about Ph.D. admission policies or the application process, contact COE Ph.D. admissions officer Eddy Acevedo (

For unique, program-specific questions not answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page, email TSS Ph.D. program coordinator, Dr. Sevan Terzian (