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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2017-2018

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Last Updated 2014-03-13

Education EdS

Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:


Track Curriculum: Master's +30

The Master's +30 track in the Education EdS program requires 30-33 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including advanced foundational core courses, specialization courses, and a capstone seminar. Students must also complete a portfolio.

Required Courses—30-33 Credit Hours

Advanced Foundational Core—13-16 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar* (1 credit hour) For students with a specialization in Elementary Education or Reading Education
  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar* (1 credit hour) For students with other specializations
  • EDP 7517 Facilitating Learning, Development and Motivation (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7457 Data, Assessment and Accountability (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Action Research and Inquiry in Teacher Leadership** (3 credit hours) or IDS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

* Must be taken in the first semester of the program.

** Student completes either a Capstone Research Project or Thesis at the end of the program.

Capstone—2 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6935 Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours) For students with a specialization in Elementary Education or Reading Education
  • ESE 6936 Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours) For students with other specializations

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

For the specialization, students must complete 15 credit hours of specialization courses from one of the following UCF College of Education programs. Courses are selected with approval of the student's adviser.

  • One of the tracks in the Teacher Leadership MEd program
  • The specialization or electives in another MEd program
  • The concentration in the Education EdD program
  • One of the tracks in the Education PhD program


An electronic portfolio will document the reflections, learning experiences and projects that the student has engaged in throughout the program of study. Each course will have milestone assignments in the portfolio. Transitions in the program will be documented in the first semester during the Introductory Seminar (Professional Development Plan), at the completion of the core courses (Synthesis Paper), and with the presentation of the independent learning product and final Professional Development Plan during the Capstone Seminar.

Track Curriculum: School Counseling

The School Counseling track in the Education EdS program prepares students for certification as a professional school counselor. The program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization, 9 credit hours of DOE-required certification courses (if these have not been completed prior to entry), 9 credit hours of professional clinical experiences, and 6 credit hours of electives in either the nonthesis or thesis option.

Required Courses—33 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)

Specialization—27 Credit Hours

  • MHS 6220 Individual Psychoeducational Testing I (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6400 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6401 Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6420 Foundations of Multicultural Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6500 Group Procedures and Theories in Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6815 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6347 Career Development (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6411 Counseling with Children and Adolescents (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6620 Coordination of Comprehensive Professional School Counseling Programs (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses/Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students must select two electives in their specialization as approved by their adviser. 

  •  Two approved electives (6 credit hours).

Professional Clinical Experiences—9 Credit Hours

The clinical experiences are comprised of two sections, Practicum and Internship. Both are experiential in nature and are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program to work with actual clients and students. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various schools around central Florida.

  • MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)*
  • SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)**
  • SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)**

* Prerequisites for MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education are as follows: MHS 5005, MHS 6400, MHS 6401, MHS 6500, and SPS 6815. MHS 6420 and SDS 6411 are also pre or co-requisites for MHS 6803. A minimum of 27 credit hours are required prior to beginning the practicum. 

** The prerequisites for SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling include SPS 6815, a "B" or better in MHS 6803, and MHS 6420.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization courses.
  • EdS students are strongly encouraged to take MHS 5005 during their first semester if not already taken in a Counselor Education master's program.
  • Achieve a “B” or better in MHS 5005, MHS 6401, MHS 6803 and SDS 6947.
  • Complete a total of 700 hours of clinical experiences, 100 of which will be in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and 600 of which are field-based experiences in a school setting. 
  • Complete a portfolio and receive approval by Counselor Education faculty.
  • Complete a professional exit exam.
  • DOE Certification - 9 credit hours (EdS students need to have a Master's in Education (MEd) degree in order to waive the following education courses):
    • TSL 5085 Teaching Language to Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
    • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
    • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours)

Timeline for Completion

Schedule of courses offered each semester


EDF 7232 - Analysis of Learning TheoryEDG 7325 (previously EDG 7356)-Models of Teaching and Instructional TheoryEDG 7221 - Advanced Curriculum Theory
EDG 7692 - Issues in Curriculum  

Special Topics in Curriculum

EDF 7916 - Special Topics: Analysis and synthesis of educational literatureEDH 6939 - Seminar for future professoriate


EDF 6401 - Statistics for Educational Data
EDF 6481 - Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education
EDF 6223 - Curriculum Theory and Organization

EDF 6401 - Statistics for Educational Data
EDF 6481 - Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education
EDF 6223 - Curriculum Theory and Organization
EDF 6259 - Learning Theories Applied to Classroom Instruction and Management
EDF 6401 - Statistics for Educational Data
EDF 6481 - Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education
EDF 6223 - Curriculum Theory and Organization
EDF 6259 - Learning Theories Applied to Classroom Instruction and Management


Fall Spring
EDF 7403 - Quantitative Foundations of Educational Research  EDF 7463 - Analysis of Survey, Record, and Other Qualitative Data


Examination Requirements

All EdS students must successfully complete one 3-hour examination in curriculum and instruction and one 3-hour examination in their area of specialization.  Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an exam is taken.

CORE EXAM:  Once a student has completed the Core Curriculum classes a student must register for the Curriculum and Instruction qualifying examination.  This examination assesses students’ knowledge of curriculum and instruction literature and research.  Emphasis is placed on the ability to synthesize this knowledge.

SPECIALIZATION EXAM: 21 credit hours must be completed in the program in Area III, Specialization.  The specialization examination is taken after or near completion of the specialization.

For comprehensive exam dates, please see link below:

To register for comprehensive exams, please see link below:

Financial Support

Graduate education is an important investment for both the student and the community.  Graduate education enables students to enter new career fields with more choices as to  their work assignments. It provides enrichment and a deeper understanding of a chosen field. Educated employees improve the quality of life in the State of Florida. The cost of this investment is very reasonable. A student's basic expenses at the university will be for tuition, course-related fees, textbooks, other instructional supplies, room and board, and miscellaneous items.

Graduate Student Support Opportunities

Graduate students may receive financial assistance in the form of fellowships, tuition waivers, loans, or assistantships. Students may inquire about these opportunities at the following offices:

Fellowships Office

(MH 230) — 407-823-2766, Fax: 407-823-6442; e-mail address:;

Student Financial Assistance Office

(MH 120) — 407-823-2827
Some on-line financial aid information web pages are available for specific information concerning financial aid, grants, and fellowships: Financial Aid Information:
Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Graduate Fellowships/Waiver

Graduate Studies Office provides support for graduate students through assistantships, tuition, and fellowships. UCF graduate students may be employed by their department as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, or Graduate Assistant. The Fellowships Office assists students in applying for fellowships and in identifying other sources for financial support for graduate study. Graduate student travel fellowships are also available through the College Graduate Office, located in Millican Hall.
Fellowships Program Assistant: 407-823-6497

Assistantship/Fellowship Procedures

Graduate students who will be supported on assistantships must see their program coordinator to see that their employment contract form is filled out. If tuition waivers are desired, then they must also fill out a Graduate Tuition Fee Waiver Request Form with the program coordinator and attach the employment contract to it (PAF). This should be done before fees are paid; for continuing students, this should be done before the new semester begins. Paychecks are delayed when these arrangements are not made prior to the beginning of the semester. Students interested in financial support through education fellowship programs must have completed application files by December 20. Fellowships are typically awarded in the previous spring for students enrolling for the first time in the fall semester of the next academic year. Graduate assistantships may be granted for those who apply by February 20 for the following academic year.


All graduate students who are receiving fellowships should register as early as possible, and see the Fellowships Coordinator (MH 230) 407-823-6497, to ensure that arrangements are made to receive proper payment. The university awards more than $2 million in fellowships each year. Some fellowships are selected based on academic merit; others are available only to minority applicants or those who can demonstrate financial need. A number of fellowships are selected by college nominations; however, others require a fellowship application. Refer to the description of each fellowship’s requirements for more information. Fellowship information is available from several sources. Program and graduate coordinators and other interested faculty may be  contacted for specific opportunities related to their fields of study. Published fellowship deadlines are approximate and subject to change. A listing of fellowship opportunities and application materials offered by the university to graduate students is available on the Graduate Studies website  Books, such as the Graduate Scholarship Directory, listing fellowship opportunities are available at the Reserve Desk of the Library for students to review. International students receiving fellowships are subject to up to 14 percent withholding on their fellowship checks. International students must obtain either a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) prior to receipt of a fellowship. Further information on this issue can be obtained from International Student Services.

Need-based Fellowships

For need-based fellowships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application may be completed on-line at FAFSA Express International students are not eligible for need-based support. Students must have unmet need as determined by the FAFSA to be eligible for need-based awards. Graduate students who receive need-based awards (such as the Incentive Fellowship or Work Fellowship) should be aware that the amount they receive is dependent on their need. If tuition waivers, other fellowships, or assistantships are granted after being awarded a need-based fellowship, then the total financial package may have to be adjusted to satisfy federal requirements.

General Fellowship Requirements

UCF fellowships are not awarded in conjunction with other fellowships, and students are eligible to receive a given fellowship only once (with the exception of the Work Fellowship). Students must be regularly admitted graduate students by the time the fellowship is awarded in order to receive the funds, except in the case of Summer
Mentoring Fellowships, which can be awarded to provisionally admitted students. Academically, most fellowships require a GRE score of at least 1000 and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 attempted semester hours of undergraduate study. Each fellowship has different specific requirements.

Progress for Fellowship Recipients

Fellowship recipients are required to be in good standing and make satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive a fellowship award. To be considered in good standing a fellowship recipients are required to maintain the standards listed below. Failure to meet any one of these standards will cause cancellation of the fellowship. An exception of this policy may be granted by the Office of Graduate Studies after review of evidence of mitigating circumstances presented by the student. Students must be fully accepted into a graduate degree program at UCF. Students must enroll and maintain nine graduate hours or three dissertation hours or one thesis hour each semester of the award. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 each term of the award. Students must receive a satisfactory progress report from their academic adviser each term of the award. Students cannot receive a grade of incomplete (“I”) and continue to receive the award.

Tuition Waivers

Full-time (regularly or conditionally, not provisionally or restricted) accepted graduate assistants are eligible to receive tuition waivers for part of their tuition costs. Students should contact the departmental program coordinator and fill out a Request for Tuition Waiver Form when they register for classes. Fee waiver monies are used to assist graduate students to progress toward their degrees. In-state tuition waivers are available for qualified Florida residents. Out-of-state tuition waivers are offered to qualified non-Florida residents. Part-time graduate students and post-baccalaureate students are not eligible to receive tuition waivers.

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants must be enrolled full-time (nine credit hours in the fall and spring terms and six credit hours in the summer) to receive a tuition waiver. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants who are pursuing a non-thesis option and are in their graduating semester, as determined by their college may receive tuition payments paid by the college to Student Accounts. Full-time graduate teaching and research assistants and associates are eligible for FICA and FUTA exemptions if they are enrolled at least half time, regardless of the hours worked. This chapter has more details under “FICA/FUTA Exemption Guidelines” at

Rules that govern the use of tuition waiver monies for graduate students are
  1. Graduate students must be full-time students (defined above) and in good standing with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must be enrolled in classes full-time for the term in which they receive the waiver and employed as a graduate teaching or research assistant for at least 10 hours/week (0.25 FTE) on average, or receiving a fellowship in the amount of $3250 or higher for the academic year. 
  2. If more than one academic unit employs a student who creates the waiver, the waiver money generated by the student is credited to both units proportional to the contribution of the student stipend.
  3. The units of those students on fellowships will receive credit for the waiver generated by the fellowship student.
  4. Fee waiver money is to be allocated to the colleges and institutes, rather than administrative offices such as Academic Affairs, Student Development and Enrollment Services, etc. Graduate students who work in these offices should request tuition waiver support from the College of Graduate Studies (MH 230).
  5. If a student drops a course for which a fee waiver has been received but remains fulltime, the waiver money received for the class must be returned to the University. Holds on student records will prevent students from registering for classes, receiving transcripts, or receiving grade reports until the money is returned.
  6. If a student drops a course for which a fee waiver has been received and becomes part-time as a result, all waiver money must be returned to the University. Any such funds will be reallocated to the unit from which they originated. Holds on student records will prevent students from registering for classes, receiving transcripts, or receiving grade reports until the money is returned. (In extreme cases, a student may petition for an exception to this.)
  7. If a graduate student assistant is dismissed or resigns at any point during the semester, tuition waiver funds received by the student must be returned to the University.
  8. Waiver money is only provided for courses taken as necessary for progress toward a student’s graduate degree.
  9. Waiver money is limited to 9 terms for master’s students, 12 terms for doctoral students beyond the master’s degree, or 21 terms for doctoral students without a master’s degree. All graduate assistants and fellows (the fellowship pays at least $3,250 per academic year), regardless of their tax status, are eligible to receive tuition waivers and will generate tuition waiver authority according to Board of Regents guidelines.

Student Loans

Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the Office of Student Financial Assistance (AD 120).  Applications should be received before March 1 to be considered for a Perkins Loan or Federal Work Study. Graduate students may be considered for the Federal Stafford Loan, the Perkins Loan, and the Federal Work Study Program. Short-term loans are also available for graduate students. In order to be eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan, graduate students must be degree-seeking, enrolled at least half-time at UCF, and maintain academic progress. The maximum subsidized loan amount for graduate students is $8,500. An Entrance Interview is required of first-time borrowers at UCF. To obtain a loan, students must not be in default on any educational loan or owe repayment on a grant at this or any other institution. If you are a student transferring to UCF after the Fall term (Spring or Summer), you must provide the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance with a financial aid transcript from the school attended during the previous term(s), either Fall and/or Spring. Only U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (e.g., resident aliens) are eligible for Stafford Loans. In order to be eligible for Perkins Loans, students must be enrolled at least half-time at UCF. Short-term loans are available to cover books and supplies, or for unexpected emergencies. This loan is not for tuition and fees. These funds are normally available within 3-4 working days after application processing once classes have begun. Students may request up to $600; more may be obtained for graduate students only under special conditions that generally are recommended by Graduate Studies. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for student loans. However, “5B” students are eligible. “5B” students are non-degree students who are seeking first-time teacher certification in the College of Education.

Graduate Student Associations

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

For a listing of organizations for students in the education disciplines visit the Clubs and Organizations webpage on the College of Education and Human Performance's website.

Professional Development

Instructor Training and Development

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)

This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program

This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

For more information: > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. 

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website


Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel Fellowship section at

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources:

For information regarding clinical experiences for students in the education discipline, visit the Office of Clinical Experiences webpage on the College of Education's website.

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic advisor.



Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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