2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Education PhD, Elementary Education Track

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: PhD
Department: School of Teacher Education Option: Dissertation
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/elementary-education/

Track Description

This program has temporarily suspended admission effective Fall 2021 and plans to reopen for admission in Fall 2022

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 permits students to concentrate their doctoral study in either a field of emphasis, such as science, mathematics, literacy and social studies, or to create an interdisciplinary focus, such as mathematics-science or reading-social studies. The 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 doctoral program relies on students who progress through their program of study in cohorts and who are full members of the learning community of the College of Community Innovation and Education. The program includes a strong philosophical base, research seminars requiring one-on-one work with faculty members, cluster seminars requiring work with several faculty members in interdisciplinary research projects, and long-term mentoring via supervised internships.


The Elementary Education track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of specialization courses, 12 credit hours of electives, 3-6 credit hours of internship, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.  

Total Credit Hours Required: 69 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses: 30 Credit Hours

Core: 24 Credit Hours

Specialization: 6 Credit Hours

  • Philosophical Foundations for Studies in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • Writing for Professional Publication in Education 3 Credit Hours

Elective Courses: 12 Credit Hours

Areas of emphasis: four additional courses in one or more areas including Science Education, Literacy Education, Technology Education, or Arts Education with one course from outside the college in a related field of study (12 credit hours minimum).

Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

  • EDE 7980 - Dissertation Research 24 Credit Hours minimum

Required Internship: 3-6 Credit Hours

Depending on the student’s experiential background, the program of study requires three to six variable credit hours of supervised internships. Often elementary teachers seeking the PhD have served as successful supervising teachers to undergraduate interns. If this is not the case, the adviser may seek to have the doctoral student take three credit hours to serve as a supervised internship coordinator at the university level. Additionally, students interested in long-term goals related to research may want to use the variable credit hours to accumulate a minimum of 250 hours as a supervised intern working for an educational researcher. Most likely, since our doctoral students’ career goals will align with the professoriate, students will be required to teach one university course with supervision and feedback from an established professor. The adviser/program coordinator will determine the kind of internship and the number of semester hours needed. These internship experiences are highly valued and set the candidate apart from other applicants as they seek employment at the college and university level.

  • EDE 6946 Elementary Education Internship 3-6 Credit Hours minimum


To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

Candidacy Examinations

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.

Please note that there may be variations in length of exam time and content based on the respective requirements of each track.

  • Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
  • Specialization—3-hour oral examination.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master’s degree in a related field of study, including one Graduate Curriculum course, and master’s level competency in educational research and statistics.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of Graduate Education courses.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
    • NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Resumé.
  • Writing sample.
  • Interview.
  • Elementary certification, with a minimum of three years teaching experience in early childhood, elementary, or middle school.
  • Applicants to this program, except those that have earned or will earn a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution recognized by UCF, who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Elementary Education *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 1 Jan 1    
International Applicants Jan 1 Jan 1    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Sherron Roberts EdD
EDU 315U

Mike Hynes PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2005
ED 209D

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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