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Free Developmental Screenings for Children in Preschool, Elementary School in Parramore

Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute offered free, quality developmental screenings for a preschool and elementary school in Parramore, while UCF students gained community-based experience. ...

UCF Elementary Education Alumna Lands Dream Teaching Job

Through her undergraduate thesis work, Mary Annaliese Dehner ’20 combined her love for dance and education and has turned it into a career as a ...

UCF Alum Urges Public to Get Vaccinated After COVID Story Makes Headlines

Terry Greear ’02 contracted COVID in January before he was eligible to get the vaccine and nearly died during his 72-day stay in the hospital. ...

UCF Professor Retires After 52 Years in Education

After spending 52 years in education, including more than 30 years at UCF, Stewart is preparing for her next chapter: retirement. ...

From Stroke Survivor to Scholar

Alex Dixon has been recovering from a stroke since she was 12. This Saturday she’ll cross UCF’s commencement stage after earning a degree in early ...

Knight Teacher Completes Degree While Helping Community

Nisha Phillip Malahoo ’21MEd leverages her studies to connect the community and help pave the way to a better future for all. ...

Charter Faculty Member Harry O. Hall Recognized University’s Potential

The veteran educator — who recently died at 92 — began designing College of Education programs a year before classes started in 1968. ...

UCF PedsAcademy: Reading Aloud to Therapy Dogs Helps Patients, Young Readers Build Confidence

UCF PedsAcademy, a pediatric school program, has partnered with READing Paws to inspire a love of reading in patients at Nemours Children’s Hospital. ...

UCF Begins 4 New Fully Online Programs

UCF Online has launched its four newest fully online programs that will be offered beginning this fall — three in the College of Community Innovation ...

UCF Professor Helps Increase Access to College in Florida for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Professor Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore and her team work with postsecondary institutions across the state to develop accessible and inclusive programs for students with intellectual disabilities. ...

Honoring Our Educators during Teacher Appreciation Week

Malcolm Butler, director of the School of Teacher Education, reflects on the triumphs and struggles of being a teacher, especially during a pandemic. ...

Here’s What I Learned After 30+ Years of Teaching

Colleen Thrailkill ’99EdD shares wisdom from her new book, The Value of Rotting Pumpkins: The Art of Teaching Elementary School, and how we can better ...

New Graduate Dedicates Career to Helping Students and Teachers Find Their Passions

A Seminole County public school administrator plans to use his theatrical past and new master’s degree to advance his work in education. ...

Faculty Members Honored with UCF Incentive Awards

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the 2021 UCF Teaching Incentive Program and Research Incentive Award. ...

UCF Professors Awarded NSF Grant to Empower Orange County K-8 Mathematics Teachers

Researchers in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools and City Year Orlando launch a program that includes creating a new doctoral specialization. ...

25 Faculty Members Receive Promotion

In recognition of their commendable performance in assigned teaching, research and service, 25 faculty members from the UCF College of Community ...

30 UCF Graduate Programs Rank Among the Best in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings once again reflects UCF’s excellence in emergency and crisis management, engineering, public administration, and other ...

UCF Teacher Education Professor Named American Council on Education Fellow

Eleazar “Trey” Vasquez is one of 52 fellows selected to participate in the ACE Fellows Program during the 2021-2022 academic year. ...

UCF Reading Clinic Engages Students in Virtual Shift During COVID-19

The UCF K-6 reading clinic is finding new ways to engage students while adapting to changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Recognized by Faculty Excellence, the 2021 honorees have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. ...

Funding and Cross-Discipline Opportunities for Special Education Preparation

Students pursuing advanced degrees in exceptional student education can apply for projects offering tuition support, collaboration across disciplines and specialized credentials. ...

UCF Funds Second Round of $1 Million SEED Initiative to Support Faculty Research

Thirty-seven teams are awarded grants to investigate a variety of research including the use of artificial intelligence to improve battery performance and gaming to develop ...

UCF Faculty Partner with Alumni to Create STEM-Focused Video Game to Teach Students Fractions

UCF faculty team up with alumni to create a fraction video game for elementary students. ...

Lessons in Motherhood and Teaching

Having a son midway through her degree helped Lindsey Palm learn to roll with the punches — a skill that has benefited the elementary education ...

Soon-to-be Triple Knight Becomes National Science Foundation Fellow

Future exceptional education graduate student currently a National Science Foundation CADRE fellow. ...

Future STEM Teachers Will Shape Their Own Preparation Programs

A National Science Foundation grant will explore the impact of a professional development framework in preparing prospective secondary mathematics teachers. ...

UCF Investigates Artificial Intelligence to Help Children Teach Coding to Classmates While Learning Social Skills

A $2.5 million grant aims to help students with autism spectrum disorder and other conditions be more aware of their emotions and recognize other’s nonverbal ...

UCF Helps Launch 1st Nationwide Technology Support Center for Higher Education Faculty

UCF, University of Kansas and the Center for Applied Special Technology will oversee the 24/7 resource to help professors better use technology for remote learning. ...

UCF Patents Virtual Technology that Uses Biometric Sensors in New Way to Help People Conquer Fear and Anxiety Disorders

Lisa Dieker and the Center for Research in Education Simulation Technology recently received two patents, one of which aims to help people with environmental anxiety ...

New Study Explores Effectiveness of Using Robots to Teach STEM Lessons, Communication Skills

UCF is working with other universities on Department of Education project to help children with autism spectrum disorder through innovative use of robots. ...

Alumni Giving Back to Future Teachers

The last thing Karlie Braddy '20 expected when she joined UCF's elementary education program was to graduate in the middle of a global pandemic, but ...

UCF Offers Individualized Coaching to Improve Organization and Focus

Undergraduate students who need help with organization, planning or memory can participate in coaching sessions at the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute this fall. ...

Exceptional Education Doctoral Graduate to Prepare Future Teachers

Whitney Hanley will graduate with her doctorate in exceptional education and head to Iowa to become an assistant professor. ...

UCF Exceptional Education Faculty Launch Podcast to Offer Tips to Teachers

Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines share over 50 years of experience in exceptional education. Now they also share a podcast. ...

UCF Alumni: Teachers on Teaching

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to celebrate the hard work and dedication of teachers. This year, we spoke ...

New Program Helps Students to Work With Children With Special Needs

The graduate certificate program will start this summer as a partnership between the College of Community Innovation and Education and the College of Health Professions ...

The Public Servant’s Heart

Kyler Gray is the recipient of both the Order of Pegasus and the Founders' Award. ...

Funding Opportunities Available for Special Education Preparation

These three projects help current and aspiring special education teachers advance their knowledge and skills and improve the learning outcomes of their students. ...

STEP Supports Freshman Teacher Candidates

Freshman education majors find community as they transition to the classroom. ...

Education Programs Recognized for Reading Instruction

The National Council on Teacher Quality gives an ‘A’ to two UCF elementary education programs. ...

Teaching Real-World Mathematics Through STEAM, Published in New Journal

Students engage with multiple disciplines while learning math and improving the lives of others. ...

98 Science and Math Teachers Earn Free Master’s Degrees

First group of local educators to graduate from UCF this week with tuition covered by Orange County Public Schools and Lockheed Martin. ...

Growing Your Own Teachers

Florida needs new teachers. According to the Florida Department of Education, critical teacher shortage areas for the 2019-20 school year include science, language arts, mathematics, ...

Children’s Literature and Building Empathy in Classrooms

Some commercial products and activities used in schools can teach artificial lessons in honesty, compassion and empathy, says Sherron Roberts, who is a professor of ...

WUCF Receives Funding to Help Children Prepare Better for Emergencies

$250,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will help expand the station’s Meet the Helpers project into a national model. ...

5 UCF Alumni Receive Fulbright Award

Five recent UCF graduates have received prestigious Fulbright awards that will allow them to travel abroad to pursue research and educational opportunities or teach English. ...

KnightED Talks Student Showcase Engages Generations of Learners

Teacher education students recently presented professional strategies and techniques to their peers and heard from veteran teachers about student engagement at the KnightED Talks Student ...

Looking for Summer Camps in Orlando? Check Out These UCF-affiliated Options

From athletics to the arts to science to storytelling, there are plenty of summer camps for learning and play affiliated with UCF that can help ...

Reach for the Stars Award Recipients Use Technology to Change Lives

Three faculty members who use the power of technology to make the human experience better were recognized today with Reach for the Stars awards during ...

27 UCF Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Top 100 in the Nation

Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate programs total were included in ...

Assistant Professor Earns Impact Award For Work with Hospitalized Children

Assistant Professor Megan Nickels, creator of UCF PedsAcademy, was named Thursday as the spring 2019 Marchioli Collective Impact Award winner. The award recognizes a faculty or ...

In the Hospital, but Still Learning

Ella Greene never liked math. Then the 9-year-old got bone cancer and went to Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Last November, toward the end ...

Nemours, UCF Transform Education for Hospitalized Children

Patients can use virtual reality, robotics and other high-tech learning tools to keep up with their studies. ...

UCF Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Awarded STEM Fellowship

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 ...

UCF Receives $8 million in Grants to Enhance Special-needs Training for Education Majors

Central Florida schoolchildren with special needs — including those with autism or need extra help with math — will get some additional help thanks to ...

Aspiring Child Engineers Test Creative Problem-Solving Skills at UCF Summer Camp

This summer, aspiring engineers in grades 3-8 tested their creative problem-solving skills at the EEK! Engineering Education for Kids summer camp, a week-long immersive workshop ...

Action for Literacy Through Teacher Preparation, Professional Partnerships

In the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF), we view partnerships as one of our core values. The ...

Four UCF Professors Help Develop National Training in Advocacy and Culturally Responsive Instruction

As a leader in inclusive programming, UCF is the only institute of higher education asked to join the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign – Teachers Advocating ...

Supporting Children and Youth with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, and a perfect time to highlight the OSEP-funded Project Autism Spectrum … ...

Botswana Trip Encourages Student to Create Community Service Project

Participating in our college’s Botswana study abroad program last summer inspired undergraduate student Maurice McLeish to create the Service Tour of Central Florida. ...

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