Elementary Education

School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Master’s Degree Program

Elementary Education (MA)

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) ESOL Endorsement/Reading Endorsement program is a state-approved initial teacher certification program designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than Elementary Education (grades K-6) and who wish to become certified to teach in this field. This program is subject to any change in the Florida Administrative Code (State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066). Students enrolled in this program should remain in close contact with their adviser to keep informed of any program changes implemented to comply with new state requirements.

This program is committed to preparing highly qualified Elementary Education teachers with knowledge and skills mated to research-based best practices. Additionally, graduates from this program will have the state-approved ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement upon graduation.

The Elementary Education M.A. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Elementary Education (K-6) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Elementary Education (MEd)

The MEd in Elementary Education advances the professional knowledge and skills of certified Elementary Education teachers who wish to stay in the classroom to meet the needs of children and youth in Kindergarten through grade six. This program is committed to expanding teachers’ knowledge and understanding of current research, analysis of classroom teacher effectiveness, and study of the effective use of technology.


Doctor of Philosophy

Elementary Education (PhD)

The Elementary Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to provide further education for those aspiring to work in the area of education at the post-secondary level (four-year colleges and/or research universities).

The program of study leading to the PhD in elementary education permits students to concentrate their doctoral study in either a field of emphasis (i.e. science, mathematics, literacy, social studies) or to create an interdisciplinary focus, such as mathematics-science or reading-social studies. This program of study is most appropriate for educators who can create, analyze, and synthesize educational studies and for educators seeking employment in settings requiring a strong research base. In contrast to the EdD, the PhD program relies on doctoral students who progress through their program of study in cohorts and who are full members of the learning community of the College of Education and Human Performance. A program of study that begins with a strong philosophical base, research seminars requiring one-on-one work with faculty members, cluster seminars requiring work with several faculty in interdisciplinary research projects, as well as the long-term mentoring that is built into the POS through Supervised Internships will add to the scholarly synergy inherent in working toward a PhD at the University of Central Florida.