The School of Teacher Education (STE) provides quality professional education programs to students entering careers as educators and trainers, and to practicing teachers seeking to enhance their professional knowledge and skills through advanced studies. STE offers undergraduate and graduate degree options in the following program areas: Early Childhood Development and Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and Secondary Education which includes Art, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages Education. Additionally, several graduate certificate programs are available.
The college’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education.
Through strong partnerships with public and private schools, non-profit organizations, and community agencies and centers, STE provides students with multiple opportunities to engage in embedded field experiences, service learning, student teaching, and research.
Education students supplement their coursework and field experiences through weekly professional learning workshops called KnightED Talks. University faculty, certified PreK-12 educators, and school administrators with expertise in areas relevant to teaching conduct free workshops on topics such as classroom management, teacher evaluation, and tips for interviewing for a teaching position.
TeachLivE™ is a mixed-reality classroom with simulated students that provides teachers the opportunity to develop their pedagogical practice in a safe environment that does not place real students at risk. This lab provides teacher and educator preparation experiences and research via a mixed reality environment at UCF and other U.S. universities. TeachLivE™ is a UCF product designed to prepare or retrain pre-service and in-service teachers.
Strong Job Outlook
There is a demand for highly qualified full-time teachers in the state of Florida. Our initial teacher preparation programs equip students to secure teaching positions. Students graduate with Florida teacher certification. Teacher education students graduate with Florida teacher certification and some graduate with an ESOL and Reading Endorsement.
- ESOL Endorsement: Early Childhood Development and Education PK-3 (BS), Elementary Education (BS, MA), English Language Arts Education (BS, MAT), and Exceptional Student Education (BS, MA)
- Reading Endorsement: Early Childhood Development and Education PK-3 (BS) Elementary Education (BS, MA), Exceptional Student Education (BS), and Reading Education Graduate Certificate
Lifelong Learning Option
For undergraduate students pursuing educational careers outside of traditional schools, STE offers a non-certification lifelong learning track that is available in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and Secondary Education/K-12 Education. This program prepares graduates for employment in a broad spectrum of professional opportunities including museums, science centers, theaters, zoos, theme parks, youth camps, and business and industry settings.