There are numerous forms needed for the various stages of the doctoral program. Please download the appropriate form for your situation. Forms are in Microsoft Word or PDF.
Forms for the Beginning of your Doctoral Program
Documents to Complete in the First Year of Study
Doctoral Student Policy Documents
- STL Core Areas of Knowledge for Ph.D. Students
- College of Education Minimum Research Requirements
- Research Requirements Substitution Form
- Academic Performance Evaluation
- Doctoral Student Expectations Beyond Coursework
Supervisory Committee Form
Forms for the Doctoral Qualifying Exams
- Quals: Final Exam Application (submit 2 weeks before exam)
- Evaluation form for Ph.D. Qualifying Exams (only faculty complete this, but we want you to be aware of the evaluation rubric used)
- Guidelines for Ph.D. Qualifying Exams (adopted by STL faculty in April 2013)
Forms and Information about the Doctoral Dissertation & Graduation
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
- Graduate School Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) Information
- Notification of Dissertation Defense (email to your designated STL Graduate Records secretary two weeks prior to defense date)
- STL Doctoral Student Graduation Requirements
- Graduate School Checklist for Dissertation
Doctoral Travel for Conferences
The School of Teaching & Learning remains committed to supporting doctoral student travel to present their research at professional conferences–a vital component of students’ growth as scholars. STL is pleased to be accepting applications during the academic year to support travel to conferences in which the student is presenting.
Who is eligible?
Any STL doctoral student who is attending or presenting at a conference will be considered for STL funding. Priority will be given to students who have reached candidacy, students who are presenting as lead authors, and students participating in national or international conferences.
What is the amount of the travel support?
Awards typically range between $200 – $300 per travel request.
How often can a doctoral student receive support?
STL Doctoral Student Travel Support is limited to one time per academic year.
When are applications due?
Fall Conferences: Applications are due before 5pm on Tuesday, September 12.
Spring/Summer Conferences: All applications are due before 5pm on Tuesday, January 16.
How do I apply for travel support?
Step 1: Obtain and complete the application for the University of Florida Graduate Student Council’s grant application. You do not have to be a doctoral candidate* to apply for this funding source. This application requires the signature of your major adviser. Please note that deadlines to apply are quite early: roughly 2-3 months before your scheduled travel. You can receive a printed confirmation of your Graduate Student Council application by sending an e-mail request to: email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, department (School of Teaching & Learning), and month of travel. Send us the confirmation from GSC that they received your application.
Step 2: If you are a doctoral candidate*, you are also eligible to apply for the Office of Research and Graduate Programs’ Graduate Student Travel Funds application. (Scroll down to Graduate Student Travel Funds). This application requires signatures from your dissertation supervisor, the department chair (see the STL Graduate Coordinator for this signature), and a representative from the College of Education Dean’s Office.
Step 3: Submit a copy of the completed application(s) and supporting materials from Steps 1 or 2 to Dr. Tom McMorrow (firstname.lastname@example.org) in 2403 Norman Hall. If you are presenting at the conference, be sure to include a copy of your conference presentation acceptance letter or email. The STL Graduate Coordinator will forward your materials to the STL Graduate Studies Committee, which will allocate funding awards.
Step 4: Submit the original completed application to the UF Graduate Student Council or the UF Office of Research to apply for additional funding.
*Doctoral candidates are doctoral students who have passed their doctoral qualifying exams.
From Admission to Completion: A Guide to Required Steps and Online Forms* for All Doctoral Students (Ph.D. or Ed.D.)
School of Teaching & Learning (STL), College of Education
Pursuing a doctoral degree is a unique opportunity that requires commitment, planning, and perseverance. To navigate a smooth journey, and to get the most out of your experiences as a doctoral student, please consult these required steps and guidelines regularly. The School of Teaching & Learning website is also designed to serve as a valuable resource: https://education.ufl.edu/school-teaching-learning/ And as always, please feel free to direct questions to our staff in the Graduate Studies Office in 2403 Norman Hall and to your faculty advisor.
A. Beginning Your Doctoral Program: Complete the following steps to proceed from your first semester of coursework to your qualifying examinations. Throughout this period, consult regularly with your advisor/committee chair, and be sure to review and plan for all of the required coursework. For questions about graduate studies regulations and deadlines, please e-mail: STLgradadmiss@coe.ufl.edu or call (352) 273-4215 and ask to speak to a program assistant in graduate studies.
1. Academic Performance Evaluation
This form provides you and your advisors with constructive feedback about your academic performance. Give a copy of this form to each of your instructors for your first 12 credit-hours of coursework, who will then submit it to your designated graduate secretary.
2a. Program of Study Form
This lists your completed courses and outlines the courses you will take to fulfill the program’s requirements. Complete this form in consultation with and approval from your faculty advisor and submit it to your designated graduate secretary before the end of your second semester.
2b. Requesting Graduate Courses for Transfer
Meet with your faculty advisor to identify possible graduate courses you could request for transfer from a previous graduate program into your current doctoral program. With your advisor’s approval, fill out the third page of the “Program for the Doctoral Degree” form and submit it to your designated graduate secretary. Courses completed more than 7 years ago also require a special justification from your faculty advisor. Complete this request before the end of your second semester.
3. Request for Appointment of Supervisory Committee
Begin working with your advisor to identify possible faculty to serve on your supervisory committee (consisting of a chair, at least one external member (outside of STL), and at least two additional members). Deliver the “Request for Appointment of Supervisory Committee” form to your designated graduate secretary before the end of your third semester.
4. Request for Change in Supervisory Committee
Use this form to change the composition of your supervisory committee with the consent of your advisor and the faculty members in question. Deliver it to your designated graduate secretary.
5a. Minimum Research Requirements for the Doctoral Degree
This form lists the approved courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods for the College of Education’s research requirements. All doctoral students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit-hours from these courses. Deliver this form to your designated graduate secretary when you submit your “Application of Exams: Doctoral Qualifying Examination” form (see below).
5b. Substitution and/or Alternative Course Request for the Minimum Research Requirements
In special cases, your particular area of study may justify substituting for one of the college’s required research courses. This request must be approved initially by your committee chair, and is subject to approval by STL, and the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Studies. Deliver this form to your designated graduate secretary. Please note: be sure to complete this before taking an alternative research course, because your request might not be granted.
B. Doctoral Qualifying Exams: This is an important landmark where your supervisory committee issues written and then oral examinations to gauge your mastery of relevant subjects. Communicate regularly with your advisor to clarify the specific format of your exams and to schedule them. Please note that you must be officially registered in the semester you complete your exams: a minimum of 3 graduate credit hours when admitted to candidacy in fall & spring (2 graduate credit hours if in the summer). Students on assistantship or fellowship will have higher minimum enrollment requirements.
1. Application of Exams: Doctoral Qualifying Examination
This form documents the steps you must have completed before taking the qualifying examination. The “Minimum Research Requirements for the Doctoral Degree” form also needs to be attached. Submit these to your designated graduate secretary at least two weeks before your scheduled exam.
2. Doctoral Qualifying Exam Rating Sheet
Each faculty member on your committee uses this form to evaluate your performance on the written portion of the qualifying examination as “exceeds expectations,” “meets expectations,” or “does not meet expectations” for the following core areas: theoretical & historical foundations of curriculum & instruction; core learning theories; specialized focus (e.g. literacy, educational technology); research methodologies and methods; and principles of pedagogy. Passing the written portion of your qualifying examination then leads to a scheduled oral exam. Each faculty member submits this evaluation form, as well as a copy of the examination questions and written responses, to your designated graduate secretary.
3. Admission to Candidacy Forms
On the day of the scheduled oral examination, you or your advisor obtains this form from the designated graduate secretary. Upon your successful completion of the oral examination, the entire committee signs it, which is then returned to your designated graduate secretary. The committee also has the option to indicate its approval of your initial dissertation topic.
C. The Dissertation and Graduation: The dissertation phase of the doctoral program allows you the opportunity to become an expert on a particular subject by making an original contribution to research. Please note that you must complete at least 12 doctoral dissertation credits (EDG 7980) along the way, and you must be enrolled in at least three credits of EDG 7980 (if graduating in the fall or spring semester) or two credits of EDG 7980 (if graduating in the summer) during the semester you defend your dissertation. No more than 24 credit hours of EDG 7980 can count toward your degree.
1. Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Upon successfully passing your written and oral qualifying examinations, a subsequent meeting with your committee is devoted to your dissertation proposal. The form establishes your committee’s approval of your proposed dissertation; deliver it to your designated graduate secretary.
2. Graduate School Dissertation Formatting Requirements
The University of Florida’s Graduate School requires you to submit your dissertation electronically. To ensure that your dissertation conforms to the specific formatting guidelines, be sure to attend an Electronic Thesis Dissertation (ETD) workshop hosted by the Graduate School once you begin work on your dissertation.
3. Application for Graduation
You must apply to graduate before the deadline for the semester in question. Download the application form from ONE.UF and submit it electronically. Please Note: the deadline occurs very early, usually before the end of the first month of the semester!
4. First Submission of Dissertation
Send a paper copy of your dissertation (along with completed copyright permission forms) to the Editorial Office of the University’s Graduate School. This must also include a Letter of Transmittal from your committee chair, addressed to the Graduate School, which communicates the chair’s approval and states that your dissertation is ready for review.
5. Dissertation Defense Announcement
E-mail the following information to your designated graduate secretary at least two weeks before your scheduled defense: the date, time, and location of your defense, as well as your dissertation title and the name of your committee chair.
6. Doctoral Student Expectations Beyond Coursework
Your advisor will download this form and indicate your activities and accomplishments in teaching, research, professional service, and professional practice. Your advisor will sign and submit this form to your designated graduate secretary before your scheduled dissertation defense. Please Note: it is also a good idea to review this form with your advisor early in your doctoral program.
7. Dissertation Defense
This is your final exam as a doctoral student with your Doctoral Committee. Once successfully completed, you or your chair submits all of your forms to your designated graduate secretary for subsequent approval by the University Graduate School. These forms are the ETD Signature Page, Final Exam Form, and UF Publishing Agreement.
8. Graduate School Checklist for Dissertation (revised as of 07/11/2016).
This form is available online at the University Graduate School’s website at http://gradschool.ufl.edu/editorial/introduction.html. Review it carefully before your final submission of dissertation.
9. Final Submission of Dissertation:
This consists of the final electronic version of your dissertation, which you submit directly to the UF Graduate School.
D. Graduate, Celebrate, and Succeed! Having taken full advantage of the challenges and opportunities you encountered as a doctoral student in the School of Teaching and Learning, you are now well-positioned to apply your expertise to make a positive difference in the realm of education.
- Please note that all forms for Ph.D and Ed.D students can be found at the top of the page.