Dr. Su Gao is an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education at University of Central Florida (UCF). As a former middle and high school chemistry teacher, she is experienced in science teaching and science teacher education at the national and international level. Dr. Gao's major research interests include: 1) exploring relationships between teaching strategies and science performance of diverse students in an international context; 2) preparing and supporting preservice and inservice science teachers to teach all students. Dr. Gao’s work has been published in international/national referred journals, such as Teaching and Teacher Education and Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. She has been also awarded grants from the National Science Foundations (NSF) and Florida Department of Education. She is an active participant in national and international professional organizations, such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE).

Dr. Gao teaches face-to-face, fully online, and mixed-mode undergraduate and graduate level courses at UCF. She has chaired/co-chaired and served on doctoral dissertation committees.

Areas of Expertise
  • Secondary Science Teacher Education
  • Comparative Studies in Science Education

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas