Science Education

School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Graduate Certificate

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education

The Graduate Certificate in K-8 Mathematics and Science Education is designed for teachers to improve the quality of their teaching and learning in Mathematics and Sciences for grades K-8. The graduates of the K-8 Mathematics and Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in mathematics and science classrooms. This program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in elementary and middle school mathematics and science education.

Master’s Degree Programs

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education (MEd)

The Master of Education in K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program prepares teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics and science in grades K-8. This program is for teachers with at least 3 years experience who instruct students in mathematics and/or science in the indicated grade levels. The K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics and science in grades K-8. The graduates of the K-8 Mathematics and Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in mathematics and science classrooms. The K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in elementary and middle school mathematics and science education.

Biology, Science Education (MAT)

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education – Biology program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Biology in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another 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.

The Science Education Biology MAT program was created to allow individuals not certified to teach secondary science (such as noneducation majors or previously certified teachers in another field) to become effective teachers of secondary science.

The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in secondary science education.

Chemistry, Science Education (MAT)

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education – Chemistry program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Chemistry in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another 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.

The Science Education Chemistry MAT program was created to allow individuals not certified to teach secondary science (such as noneducation majors or previously certified teachers in another field) to become effective teachers of secondary science.

The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in secondary science education.

Middle School Science Education (MAT)

The Teacher Education MAT, Middle School Science Education program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach science in grades 5-9, including students previously certified to teach in another 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.

The Middle School Science Education MAT program was created to allow individuals not certified to teach secondary science (such as noneducation majors or previously certified teachers in another field) to become effective teachers of secondary science.

The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in secondary science education.

Physics, Science Education (MAT)

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education – Physics program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Physics in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another 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.

The Science Education Physics MAT program was created to allow individuals not certified to teach secondary science (such as noneducation majors or previously certified teachers in another field) to become effective teachers of secondary science.

The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in secondary science education.

Science Education (MEd)

The Science Education track in the Secondary Education MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of certified secondary science teachers, enabling them to expand their subject matter knowledge and professional teaching skills.

Doctor of Philosophy

Science Education (PhD)

This Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare science educators for various career options, including training science teachers, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. The program will assist students in providing options to careers in preparing teachers of science, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. Doctoral students in this track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with the nationally acclaimed Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science. Throughout these activities, students are also mentored by experienced and successful university science education faculty.