General Requirements

Admission standards are set by the Graduate School of the University of Florida, the College of Education, the School of Teaching & Learning, and the program area to which you are applying. This web page provides you with the Graduate School, College of Education, and School of Teaching & Learning minimums. You need to carefully check your program area web page to see the specific admission requirements for that area.

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper-division (the last 60 credits) undergraduate work
  • An acceptable score on the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections. We holistically evaluate all applications, and the score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are considered data points of information about the applicant.  Please Note:  As of August 1, 2011, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) switched to a new scoring system.  The “old” verbal and quantitative GRE scores ran from 200 to 800, with 10-step increments over a range of 61 points.  The “new” verbal and quantitative GRE scores ranges from 130 to 170 with one-point increments over a range of 41 points.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has provided a brochure of these changes, which can be found here:
  • Three letters of recommendation from university faculty
  • A statement of purpose explaining why this degree would enable you to meet your career goals and how this specific master’s program in the School of Teaching & Learning at UF enables you to best reach these goals.
  • For applicants to the Educational Technology or Teacher Leadership for School Improvement programs:  submit a resume in which you indicate your current professional employment and career goals.

Every program areas admissions review committee evaluates applicants’ folders holistically. Each piece of data included in your admissions folder is considered one data point and we carefully look at all of the evidence before making an admissions decision.

Again, please note that the requirements here are the minimal requirements. You should explore your program area for additional admission requirements for the Master of Education degree.

Application Procedure for Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs

Please make sure to have your application materials in to the School of Teaching & Learning by the posted deadline.

  1. Apply online to the University of Florida Graduate School and pay the application fee. When you are instructed to enter your master’s program, if you do not see your specific major listed select: Curriculum and Instruction category. This category contains all other degree programs in the School of Teaching & Learning. As part of the online application, you also are required to provide a statement of purpose. You can copy and paste up to two pages of a single spaced document into this space. Your statement of purpose should describe why you want a Master of Arts in Education and how this degree will enable you to reach personal and professional goals. The Graduate School also requires three letters of recommendation from professors who know the applicant as a student and can evaluate academic abilities and potential for success in a graduate program. You can do this by two different methods:
    • Method A: The online application process allows you to enter in the names and email addresses of 3 people. This will trigger an electronic system to send electronic forms to these individuals. All the person providing your recommendation has to do is complete the form and hit the submit button.
    • Method B: If you would like to provide your references with printed forms, you can do that as well by downloading the recommendation form. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to, brought to Norman 2423, or mailed to: Graduate Admissions, School of Teaching & Learning, P.O. Box 117048, 2403 Norman Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-7048.
  2. Submit all transcripts from institutions of higher education to the UF Office of Admissions (P.O.Box 114000, 201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000, USA). These must be official copies from the institutions of higher education. If the original transcripts are not in English, you also need to send an English translation.
  3. Submit acceptable GRE scores. Please make sure to have ETS send your official GRE scores to the University of Florida (code 5812) and select “Curriculum and Instruction” as the department code.
  4. For applicants to the Educational Technology or Teacher Leadership for School Improvement Programs:  submit a resume.
  5. For international students: You may submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores. Here are the minimum scores considered for admissions: IELTS: 6, MELAB: 77, TOEFL (computer):213, TOEFL (Internet): 80, and TOEFL (paper based): 550.
  6. Explore financial aid options and apply for all that apply to your situation.