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Last Updated 2015-07-01

Teacher Education MAT



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Curriculum


Track Curriculum: Art Education

The Teacher Education MAT, Art Education requires a minimum of 37 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a K-12 program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—29 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary 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)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Specialization—16 Credit Hours

  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 5359 Teaching Art K-12 (4 credit hours)
  • ARE 6905 Research Trends in Art Education (3 credit hours)
  • ARE Elective Number One (with approval of adviser, 3 credit hours)
  • ARE Elective Number Two (with approval of adviser, 3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • ARE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of art course work to meet certification requirements to teach art in grades K-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate credits, or include graduate content area credits approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: English Language Arts Education with ESOL Endorsement

The Teacher Education MAT, English Language Arts Education with ESOL Endorsement program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree that includes ESOL endorsement and the option of adding Reading K-12 endorsement. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field. 

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—31 Credit Hours 

Core—13 Credit Hours 

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms* (3 credit hours) 
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Specialization—18 Credit Hours 

  • LAE 6637 Research in Teaching English (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5338 Teaching Writing in Middle and High School (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5346 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5465 Literature for Adolescents (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5369 Literacy Strategies in a Digital Age for Middle and High School (3 credit hours) or RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours) 

Internship—6 Credit Hours 

  • LAE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs).
  • Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of co-requisite undergraduate and graduate English course work to meet certification requirements to teach English, grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate English credits, or include graduate credits in English approved for electives in the program. Only six credit hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.
  • Pass all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Mathematics Education

The Teacher Education MAT, Mathematics Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours 

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 5336 Current Methods in Secondary School Mathematics (3 credit hours) 

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours 

Students should select three of the following specialization courses. Course substitutions can be made with approval of adviser. 

  • IDS 6515 Classroom Management for Mathematics and Science Teachers (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6939 Reforming Curriculum in Mathematics and Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6337 Teaching Algebra in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6338 Teaching Geometry in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6517 Diagnosis/Remediation of Difficulties in Mathematics for the Classroom Teacher (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6641 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6656 Using Technology in the Instruction of K-12 Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6899 Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours 

  • MAE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***) 

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of mathematics course work to meet certification requirements to teach mathematics in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate mathematics credits or include graduate credits in mathematics approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Middle School Mathematics Education

The Teacher Education MAT, Middle School Mathematics Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 5-9) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 5327 Teaching Middle School Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students should select three of the following specialization courses. Course substitutions can be made with approval of adviser.

  • IDS 6515 Classroom Management for Mathematics and Science Teachers (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6939 Reforming Curriculum in Mathematics and Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6337 Teaching Algebra in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6338 Teaching Geometry in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6517 Diagnosis/Remediation of Difficulties in Mathematics for the Classroom Teacher (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6641 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6656 Using Technology in the Instruction of K-12 Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6899 Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • MAE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 18 credit hours of mathematics course work to meet certification requirements to teach mathematics in grades 5-9. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Middle School Science Education

The Teacher Education MAT, Middle School Science Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 5-9) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—28 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours) 
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5325 Teaching Middle School Science (3 credit hours)
  • ISC 6146 Environmental Education (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5836 Space Science for Educators (3 credit hours)
  • One elective approved by adviser (3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • SCE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 18 credit hours of science course work to meet certification requirements to teach science in grades 5-9. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Science Education-Biology

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education, Biology program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours) 
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

The elective courses are chosen in accord with the student's area of specialization.

  • Electives approved by adviser (9 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • SCE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of co-requisite science course work to meet certification requirements to teach science in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate science credits, or include graduate credits in science approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Science Education-Chemistry

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education - Chemistry program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours) 
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

The elective courses are chosen in keeping with the student's area of specialization.

  • Electives approved by adviser (9 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • SCE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of co-requisite science course work to meet certification requirements to teach science in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate science credits, or include graduate credits in science approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Science Education-Physics

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education - Physics program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours) 
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students choose electives in keeping with their specialization.

  • Electives approved by adviser (9 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • SCE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of co-requisite science course work to meet certification requirements to teach science in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate science credits, or include graduate credits in science approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.  

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Social Science Education

The Teacher Education MAT, Social Science Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.

The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.



Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—13 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment** (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

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

**Must be taken prior to internship.

Methods—6 Credit Hours

  • LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 5790 Inquiry and Instructional Analysis in Social Science Education (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

These electives are chosen in the student's area of specialization, and all must be at the 5000 level and higher. Substitutions may be approved by the student's adviser.

  • SSE electives (6 credit hours) 
  • Social science content elective in other programs and departments (3 credit hours minimum), including, but not limited to, the following course prefixes: AFH, AMH, ASH, CPO, EUH, HIS, INR, LAH, or POS. 

Internship—6 Credit Hours

  • SSE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)

***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.

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

  • Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of 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.

Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours

  • ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
  • Students are required to have 30 credit hours of social science course work to meet certification requirements to teach social science in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate social science credits or include graduate credits in social science approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.


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.studentsgraduate.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 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 travel awards 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.graduatecatalog.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.

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.

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.  

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 Travel Fellowship section at www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/fellowship/funding.

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

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.

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