2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Aug 11, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd

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College: Education and Human Performance Degree: MED
Department: School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://education.ucf.edu/mathed/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

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.


The K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization content pedagogical courses, and six credit hours of thesis work or the nonthesis option, which focuses on either completing and submitting findings of a research project to a refereed journal or developing a portfolio in preparation for National Board Certification for Teachers.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 30 Credit Hours

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6971 - Thesis

Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Some students may choose to complete a nonthesis option, the action research project, through one of two pathways: (1) plan, complete, and submit findings of a research project to a refereed journal; or (2) develop a portfolio according to the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The portfolio requires a demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency and incorporates the concepts of “action research” in a classroom. In addition, all portfolios require a final reflective analysis of students’ overall learning and professional development as the capstone portfolio entry. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. Students must submit and defend their portfolio before the program faculty as well as submit it for National Board Certification review.

Independent Learning

A thesis or action research project is required.

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.
  • Three years of teaching experience.
  • Recommendation letter by a school principal.
  • A professional Florida teaching certificate in one of the following areas: elementary education, mathematics education (middle school or secondary), or science education (middle school or secondary).
  • Applicants applying to this program 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.

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program applications are accepted for admission to the summer term only. For information regarding the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science please visit http://education.ucf.edu/lmacad/index.cfm.

Application Deadlines

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants - - - Apr 1
International Applicants - - - Nov 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

Malcolm Butler PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-3272
ED 322-T

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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