The UCF School of Teacher Education 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. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 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. The school’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education.

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What Makes Us Unique

Practical Experience
Through strong partnerships with public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, and community agencies and centers, the school provides students with multiple opportunities to engage in embedded field experiences, service learning, student teaching and research.

Professional Learning
Teacher candidates enhance their coursework and field experience through KnightED Talksweekly professional learning workshops led by various faculty members, certified preK-12 educators and school administrators with expertise in areas relevant to teaching. These free workshops cover topics such as classroom management, teacher evaluation and tips for interviewing for teaching positions.

Technology Innovation
The TeachLivE lab is a mixed-reality classroom with simulated students, providing teachers the opportunity to develop their pedagogical practice before applying it to real students. Developed at UCF, the lab supports research and professional development for pre- and in-service teachers.

Strong Job Outlook
In Florida, highly qualified fulltime teachers are in demand. Our initial teacher preparation programs equip teacher candidates with the knowledge, strategies and qualifications needed to secure these teaching positions. Teacher education students graduate with Florida Teacher Education 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, the school offers a non-certification lifelong learning track, which is available in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Secondary Education and 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.

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