General Requirements

Admission into Reading & Literacy Education at all degree levels requires submission of UF graduate application form.  A minimum 3.0 GPA in your upper-division undergraduate coursework is required for admission (unless you have obtained a subsequent Master’s or Professional degree with a 3.0 GPA or above). Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have proof of award of a Master’s or higher-level degree.
During the application process you will also be asked to submit:
  • A statement of purpose explaining why you want to pursue the degree.
  • Official/Unofficial Transcripts (If admitted, official transcripts will be required).
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • You will need the email addresses for your three recommenders which you will input to the application. They will receive an automated email to complete a Recommendation Form and submit their letter via an online portal.
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • For Ph.D. Applicants: you will also need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) Scores.
In addition to these items, please also submit in the Resume/Other section of the application:
  • A Writing Sample of recent academic writing.
  • Evidence of classroom teaching experience (e.g. a bachelors degree from an accredited teacher preparation program, a permanent or temporary teaching license, an official letter attesting to classroom work).
If you are unable to upload the additional application materials with your application, please email them to
These application materials are evaluated holistically, using the guidelines established by the University, College of Education, and the School of Teaching and Learning. Admission decisions are rendered based on multiple sources of numerical and qualitative data presented in the application packet, as well as on the goals of Reading and Literacy Education and the expertise of its faculty. Applications are reviewed as soon as they are complete for Fall, Spring, or Summer admissions. Students matriculate in the semester closest to their official date of admission.
Note: Candidates interested in pursuing a Reading Endorsement need only submit a UF application form indicating post-baccalaureate admission. Please review the College of Education’s policy on post-baccalaureate admissions and enrollment below. No additional materials are required.
Post-baccalaureate students may enroll in graduate courses but the work taken will not normally be transferred to the graduate record if the student is subsequently admitted to the Graduate School. By petition, in clearly justified cases and in conformance with regulations on courses and credit, it is possible to transfer up to 15 semester hours of graduate course work earned with a grade of A, B+, or B.
For the College of Education, only students who have completed a baccalaureate program in the College may be admitted to post-baccalaureate status for the purpose of completing a teacher certification program. Other applicants may be admitted to post-baccalaureate status only for a limited time to fulfill prerequisites for admission to a master’s program or courses necessary for endorsements awarded by the Florida Department of Education.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the most current rates, check out the following pages: University of Florida’s tuition and fees and UF College of Education’s tuition and fees.
Applicants to Reading and Literacy Education are eligible for University fellowships (for doctoral applicants only), College scholarships, and/or departmental teaching and research assistantships. These awards are granted on a competitive basis. Please direct your inquiries about these awards to the Graduate Studies Office in the School of Teaching and Learning.
For candidates interested in pursuing a K-12 teaching career, financial assistance is also available through Florida Department of Education’s “Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness” and “Critical Teacher Shortage Tuition Reimbursement” programs.