Admissions

Graduate Certificate Programs (Online)

Application Deadlines

Our Graduate Certificate in Disabilities in Society has a rolling admissions process.  We do not adhere to strict deadlines for applications but will consider applications as they are received. However, it takes some time for applications to be processed through UF’s admission system. With that in mind, we suggest the following guidelines for completing your application file.
  • Fall admission: Completed by end of June
  • Spring admission: Completed by mid November
  • Summer admission: Completed by end of March
  • International Students
    • Fall admission: Completed end of March
    • Spring admission: Completed mid October
    • Summer admission: Completed mid March

Application Materials

  • Certificate application for admission into the Graduate School.  The application be found at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more#certificates
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  •  Transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
    • If admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent to the UF Office of Admissions
    • Send official transcripts via post to the following address:
      University of Florida Office of Admissions 201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000 Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
    • Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at te@admissions.ufl.edu.
For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia has fall and spring admissions. Please view the deadlines below.
  • Fall Admission – June 30th
  • Spring Admission – November 22nd

Application Materials

  • Certificate application for admission into the Graduate School.  The application be found at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more#certificates
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  • An earned Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related area of study from a regionally accredited university.
    • There is an expectation that potential students have some prior knowledge and experiences in teaching reading.
  • Official transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
    • Send official transcripts via post to the following address:
      University of Florida Office of Admissions 201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000 Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
    • Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at te@admissions.ufl.edu.
For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

Application Deadlines

Our Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies has a rolling admissions process.  We do not adhere to strict deadlines for applications but will consider applications as they are received. However, it takes some time for applications to be processed through UF’s admission system. With that in mind, we suggest the following guidelines for completing your application file.
  • Fall admission: Completed by end of June
  • Spring admission: Completed by mid November
  • Summer admission: Completed by end of March
  • International Students
    • Fall admission: Completed end of March
    • Spring admission: Completed mid October
    • Summer admission: Completed mid March

Application Materials

  • Certificate application for admission into the Graduate School.  The application be found at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more#certificates
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  •  Transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
    • If admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent to the UF Office of Admissions
    • Send official transcripts via post to the following address:
      University of Florida Office of Admissions 201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000 Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
    • Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at te@admissions.ufl.edu.
For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

Master’s Degree – Live Well (Online)

Application Deadlines

Live Well has a rolling admissions process.  We do not adhere to strict deadlines for applications but will consider applications as they are received. However, it takes some time for applications to be processed through UF’s admission system. With that in mind, we suggest the following guidelines for completing your application file.
  • Fall admission: Completed by end of June
  • Spring admission: Completed by mid November
  • Summer admission: Completed by end of March
  • International Students
    • Fall admission: Completed end of March
    • Spring admission: Completed mid October
    • Summer admission: Completed mid March

Application Materials

  • Application for admission into the Graduate School.  https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least two letters must be from academic and/ or work related recommenders
    • Can be submitted electronically via the application system or as hard copies
  • **International Applicants must provide additional documentation including acceptable TOEFL, MELAB, or IETS scores. Additional detail about international application requirements is available at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html

Test Score Requirements

International Applicants
  • TOEFL: Paper Based-550     Computer Based-213     Internet Based-80
  • IELTS: 6
For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

Master’s & Specialist Degree – Teach Well (Online)

Application Deadlines

Teach Well has a rolling admissions process.  We do not adhere to strict deadlines for applications but will consider applications as they are received. However, it takes some time for applications to be processed through UF’s admission system. With that in mind, we suggest the following guidelines for completing your application file.
  • Fall admission: Completed by end of June
  • Spring admission: Completed by mid November
  • Summer admission: Completed by end of March
  • International Students
    • Fall admission: Completed end of March
    • Spring admission: Completed mid October
    • Summer admission: Completed mid March

Application Materials

  • Application for admission into the Graduate School.  https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least two letters must be from academic and/ or work related recommenders
    • Can be submitted electronically via the application system or as hard copies
  • **International Applicants must provide additional documentation including acceptable TOEFL, MELAB, or IETS scores. Additional detail about international application requirements is available at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html

Test Score Requirements

International Applicants
  • TOEFL: Paper Based-550     Computer Based-213     Internet Based-80
  • IELTS: 6
For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

Doctoral Program – Ed.D. (Online)

Application Deadlines

The Online Ed.D. program admits students for each fall semester. Admissions for Fall 2021 are now closed and the application deadline for Fall 2022 is TBD. Additional information will be made as soon as possible.

Undergraduate Program

Unified Elementary ProTeach

There is a moratorium for the Unified Elementary ProTeach program starting Fall 2021. A new Elementary Education Bachelors program will be available beginning Fall 2021.  To view the Elementary Education Bachelors program, please visit education.ufl.edu/elementary-education-bachelors.
If you have questions, please contact EduGator Central at studenthelp@coe.ufl.edu.

Master’s Degree – Dual Certification

There is a moratorium for the Unified Elemenraty ProTeach (UEP) program starting Fall 2021. If you have questions, please contact EduGator Central at studenthelp@coe.ufl.edu. The following information regarding admissions to the 5th year is only applicable to CURRENT UEP students.

Application Deadlines

This masters program is only for students currently in the Unified Elementary Proteach (UEP) Program that wish to complete their fifth year in special education.  We have a rolling admissions process and do not adhere to strict deadlines for applications but will consider applications as they are received. However, it takes some time for applications to be processed through UF’s admission system. With that in mind, we suggest the following guidelines for completing your application file.
  • Fall admission: Completed by end of June
  • Spring admission: Completed by mid November
  • Summer admission: Completed by end of March
  • International Students
    • Fall admission: Completed end of March
    • Spring admission: Completed mid October
    • Summer admission: Completed mid March

Application Materials

  • Application for admission into the Graduate School.  https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/
  • Application fee (can be paid online via the application system or by check or money order)
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from colleges/ universities previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least two letters must be from academic and/ or work related recommenders
    • Can be submitted electronically via the application system or as hard copies
  • Applicants applying for the Specialist Degree Program must have already earned a graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • **International Applicants must provide additional documentation including acceptable TOEFL, MELAB, or IETS scores. Additional detail about international application requirements is available at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html

Test Score Requirements

International Applicants
  • TOEFL: Paper Based-550     Computer Based-213     Internet Based-80
  • IELTS: 6

Doctoral Program – Ph.D. (On-Campus)

Application Deadlines

The Special Education Ph.D. program admits students for each fall semester. Applicants must have their application file complete by December 1st.

Application Materials

  • Complete the University of Florida online application (https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/)
    • When prompted to choose the location of your intended program, select “Main Campus – Gainesville”
    • When prompted to select your program of study, choose “Special Education (Degree Name-Doctor of Philosophy)” as your desired program
  • A $30.00 (non-refundable) Application Fee is required. Credit card payments require an additional $7.00 processing fee
  • Official test scores, GRE (all applicants) and TOEFL/ IELTS (international applicants), sent directly to the University of Florida (code 5812)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
    • Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Admission decisions can be made based off of unofficial transcripts
    • If admitted, official transcripts must be sent directly to the UF Office of Admissions using one of the verified companies (Parchment, Faster, National Student Clearinghouse, Transcripts Plus, Credential Solutions, or E-script/Scrip-Safe) or the institutions can send electronic transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions at te@admissions.ufl.edu.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose, including:
    • Professional settings and specialized interest areas.
    • Skills and/or characteristics that will facilitate the applicant’s pursuit of the goals cited.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 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.
  • Documentation of a minimum of two years of appropriate professional experience suitable for admission into the Special Education program area.
  • Fellowship Application
  • International Applicants:
    • Send your Certification of Financial Responsibility Form to the UF International Center (POB 113225, 123 Grinter Hall, Gainesville FL 32611-3225, USA).
    • Official transcripts must include office English transcripts, if the originals are not in English.
    • TOEFL: Paper Based-550     Computer Based-213     Internet Based-80; IELTS: 6

Admission Interview

Once your completed application has been reviewed, you will participate in an interview conducted by the admissions committee. You should be prepared to respond to questions similar to the following:
  • What was the nature of your academic preparation and interests during your baccalaureate / master’s program?
  • What factors influenced your decision to pursue special education as a career?
  • What factors influenced your decision to pursue a doctoral degree?
  • In what setting would you be most inclined to work following the completion of your degree?
  • What factors, events, or experiences have led to this selection?
  • Tell us about your experiences working with children and youth with disabilities.
  • What are the major changes you believe will occur in the field of special education?
  • What do you believe your strengths are when it comes to being a doctoral student?
  • What skills would you need to work on?
  • What else do you wish to have the selection committee know about you?

For additional questions about the application process or to check on the status of your application please email sespecsstaff@coe.ufl.edu.