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Last Updated 2014-03-13

Elementary Education MA



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:

Curriculum

The Elementary Education MA requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. If the MA program will be providing a student’s initial certification, 80 clock hours of field experience must be completed before enrolling in the supervised internship.


The program requires a portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the pre-professional level of performance for all of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. Multiple artifacts and reflective analyses are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of assessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. The program also requires an internship.

Students should plan to enroll in EDE 6933 during the first semester. Students should also plan to enroll in TSL 5085 early in the program to learn about infused English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) requirements including preparation of the TESOL notebook.

Co-requisite

Undergraduate courses are not counted in the 48 credit hours of graduate courses that are required for the degree.

  • EEX 4070 Teaching Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—48 Credit Hours

Core—18 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar in Elementary Education (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • EDE 6935 Capstone Seminar in Elementary Education (2 credit hours) (Capstone Seminar should be taken in the final semester during Graduate Internship.) 

Specialization—24 Credit Hours

Note: EDE 6933 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for the specialization courses below.

  • LAE 5319 Methods of Elementary School Language Arts (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5415 Children’s Literature in Elementary Education (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6318 Current Methods in Elementary School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 6315 Methods in Elementary School Science (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5517 Classroom Diagnosis and Development of Reading Proficiencies (Prerequisite: RED 5147) (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5948 Practicum in Reading Assessment and Instruction (Prerequisite: RED 5517) (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6115 Methods in Elementary School Social Science (3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

Satisfactory completion of graduate internship requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the pre-professional level in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.065.

  • EDE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours)

Students should ensure that they meet all requirements for Graduate Internship:

  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate FTCE exams (GKT, Subject Area, and Professional Area Exams) are required prior to admission to the graduate internship.
  • Students must apply and be approved for graduate internship.  Deadline dates and applications are available through the Office of Clinical Experiences at: http://www.education.ucf.edu/clinicalexp/.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Internship requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the beginning level in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.065. 

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete a portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Complete a TESOL notebook (http://www.connect.rc.ucf.edu/notebook/) to address Florida ESOL competencies.
  • Pass all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2015, only examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new Florida Educator’s Certificate with the Florida Department of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBR 6A-4.002).


Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

Financial Support

Graduate Financials

Students with qualifying assistantships or university-wide fellowships will receive financial packages that include an assistantship or fellowship stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. Qualifying fellowships are accompanied by tuition waivers. Qualifying assistantships include single appointments of at least .50 FTE (20 hrs/week) or two appointments of at least .25 FTE (10 hrs/week). Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or tuition payments that cover in-state (resident) tuition. Non-resident students with financial packages are not charged out-of-state tuition or the non-resident financial aid fee.

For additional information about funding for graduate school, please visit the Student Finances section of the College of Graduate Studies student website at www.students.graduate.ucf.edu.

If you are interested in applying for loans or externally funded need-based awards, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at http://finaid.ucf.edu and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available January 1 each year.

Financial Support Requirements

Graduate students must meet certain requirements each term that they receive fellowships or assistantships. In brief, to receive and maintain these types of financial support packages, a student must:

  • maintain good academic standing
  • be enrolled full time

A more detailed description of the financial support requirements can be found in the Financial Information > Financial Support requirements of the current Graduate Catalog at www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu.

University Fellowships

Most university fellowships are reserved for incoming degree-seeking graduate students who plan to enroll full time. For a listing of merit-based fellowships that are offered through the UCF College of Graduate Studies, as well as a listing of various general graduate funding opportunities, see the Student Finances > Fellowships section of the College of Graduate Studies student website at www.students.graduate.ucf.edu.

Graduate Presentation Fellowship

The College of Graduate Studies provides Graduate Presentation Fellowships for students to present their research or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting or conference. To review the award requirements and apply online, see www.graduate.ucf.edu > Graduate Presentation Fellowship. 

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantship appointments offer opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects during their graduate study. These are paid appointments that promote the missions of the University. For eligibility, students must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time.

For more information concerning graduate assistantships, see the Financial Information > Graduate Assistantships section of the current Graduate Catalog at www.graduate.catalog.ucf.edu or talk to the Graduate Program Director to learn about specific eligibility and application guidelines.

Graduate Teaching

Graduate students may be appointed as graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) to carry out responsibilities as classroom teachers (instructors of record), co-teachers or classroom assistants, graders, lab assistants, or other roles directly related to classroom instruction. Mandatory training requirements must be met for a student to be hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader. The training, offered by UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, covers course design, learning theories, ethics, and other topics relevant to preparing GTAs for their responsibilities. See www.students.graduate.ucf.edu > Student Finances > GTA Information for training requirements and registration instructions.

Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187). Additional information including how to register for the test can be accessed through the GTA Information section of the College of Graduate Studies student website.

Graduate Student Associations

For information on graduate student associations for graduate students in the College of Education and Human Performance visit the Clubs and Organizations webpage on the College of Education and Human Performance website.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

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 www.gsa.ucf.edu

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: www.fctl.ucf.edu > 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 www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.  

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 www.graduate.ucf.edu/ResearchForum.

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 www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

Other

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 Presentation Fellowship section at https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu/.

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

For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php.

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

Job Search

For more information on employment opportunities visit the Employment webpage on the College of Education and Human Performance website.

UCF Career Services

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 www.career.ucf.edu.

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