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, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages Education. Additionally, several minors and graduate certificate programs are available.
Now Recruiting for our 2019 Cohort
Project BRIDGES 2.0 is an innovative federally-funded project through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that provides funding for coursework leading to a Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education that incorporates a Collaborative Intervention Specialist Graduate Certificate. This unique program emphasizes transdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and school psychologists to support students with high-intensity needs. Learn more.
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 Career and Technical Education, 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.
In the News
Matthew Taylor, a UCF postdoctoral scholar in STEM education, was selected for one of ten highly-competitive annual CADRE fellowships. Recipients receive a one-year fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CADRE Fellows program, which is now in its tenth year, provides capacity building and networking opportunities for researchers who
Central Florida schoolchildren with special needs — including those with autism or need extra help with math — will get some additional help thanks to more than $8 million in grants the University of Central Florida is receiving this month.