Application Instructions

Please be sure all required application material is submitted by the posted deadline.

Additional Information

For additional questions or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email Dr. Melinda Leko

Step 1: Submit your University of Florida Graduate School Application

  • Complete the University of Florida online graduate school application. Select your program of study, choose “Program Name: Special Education; Program Code: SLE_PHDas your desired program
  • A $30.00 (non-refundable) Application Fee is required. Credit card payments require an additional $7.00 processing fee
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts sent to: University of Florida, Office of Admissions, PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000 or send electronic transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions at

NOTE: Previously enrolled graduate students, who have skipped two or more terms, and are looking to return to the exact same program and degree level at which they previously attended, should apply using the Returning Student Application.

Step 2: Supporting Application Material

Please upload the resume, scholarly paper and your two most recent annual teacher evaluations with your UF online graduate application under “Other Upload” with the Upload Resume section of the UF online application. Please combine all documents into one PDF document for upload if you cannot upload separate documents.

Required Program Application Materials

  1. Résumé – Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.
  2. Scholarly Paper – We seek evidence that you can present a thesis, develop an idea, and present your ideas on paper. Students may write on any topic in the general field of K-12 or Higher Education learning, teaching, critical issues or leadership. The paper must include citations and a reference list. The paper should be no more than 3-5 pages.
  3. Academic Writing Sample This can be a paper you have written for a previous college course or 6-10 scholarly paper on a current education related topic following proper APA guidelines.
  4. Documentation of a minimum of two years of appropriate professional experience suitable for admission into the Special Education program area.

Optional Material(s)

Fellowship Application – Funding decisions for incoming students are made during the admissions review process. The personal statement and recommendation letters from your application will be used in place of the essay and recommenders required by this form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit this form as part of the application process so that they can be considered for funding opportunities.

If you are unable to upload any application materials, please email Dr. Melinda Leko at

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    Application Deadlines

    • All application materials for the program must be received before December 1st for the fall semester*. 
    • Allow 2-4 weeks to gather all application materials, including official transcripts and letters of recommendation, as all materials are required for review and admission.

    For additional questions or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email Dr. Melinda Leko at

    *Domestic students only. International student deadline is March 15.