Preparing Elementary Education Professionals

The Elementary Education program at UCF provides a high-quality education for students in preparation for teacher certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). Through quality school-based student teaching internships and reflective practice, UCF meets the needs of school districts in Central Florida.

Signature Experiences Initiative
UCF builds signature learning experiences into all undergraduate programs to provide students with the best undergraduate education in the state of Florida. These experiences give students an opportunity to shine inside and out of the classroom by showcasing the knowledge they have acquired throughout their undergraduate career. Some of the experiences in the elementary education program may include service learning, internship, practicum, capstone, study abroad, and independent research.

Lifelong Learning Track
A lifelong learning option is available for undergraduate students who are interested in working in informal education settings with elementary students that do not require teacher certification.

Advanced Degree Opportunities
Graduate and doctoral programs are also available for certified teachers who are seeking advanced knowledge and skills as well as career advancement.

Faculty

Laura (Junie) Albers-Biddle, Ed.D.

Senior Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Norine Blanch, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Lisa Brooks, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Mathematics Education

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Juli Dixon, Ph.D.

Professor

Mathematics Education

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Andrea Gelfuso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Reading Education

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Constance Goodman, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer and STEP Coordinator

Elementary Education

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Regina "Gina" Harwood Gresham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Mathematics Education

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Elizabeth Hoffman, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer and Academic Program Coordinator

Elementary Education

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Kelly Jennings-Towle, Ed.D.

Director and Senior Lecturer

Clinical and Field Experiences

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Marni M. Kay, M.Ed.

Instructor

Reading Education

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Michelle Kelley, Ed.D.

Professor

Reading Education

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Analexis Kennedy, Ed.D.

Lecturer

Reading Education

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Stephanie Luke, M.Ed.

Instructor

Math and Science Education

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Irina McLaughlin, M.A.

Instructor

World Languages Education

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Michael McManus, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Megan Nickels, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mathematics Education

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Sherron Killingsworth Roberts, Ed.D.

Professor and Robert N. Heintzelman Literature Scholar

English Language Arts Education

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Farshid Safi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mathematics Education

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Lee-Anne Trimble Spalding, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Shane Trenta, M.A., Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Cheryl Van De Mark

Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Cyndi Walters, M.Ed.

Associate Instructor

Elementary Education

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Taylar Wenzel, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Karri J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Reading Education

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