The Science Education program prepares graduates to be effective teachers of secondary science in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills. Additionally, we are committed to developing collaborative community partnerships, utilizing technological advances and maintaining currency in "state of the art" best practices in secondary science education.

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Biology Education: Tonjua Freeman, Ph.D.
Chemistry Education: Su Gao, Ph.D.
Physics: Su Gao, Ph.D.
Academic Program Coordinator: Janet Andreasen, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Biology, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education BS- Science Education Biology program offers students the option of two tracks: Education Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.ing Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside formal, K-12 schools that do not require certification.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Chemistry, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education B.S. – Science Education Chemistry program offers students the option of two tracks: Education and Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Physics, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education B.S. – Science Education Physics program offers students the option of two tracks: Education and Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Undergraduate Minor

Science Education

The Science Education minor is well suited for students majoring in another secondary content area or as an area for students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sciences, or Engineering. This minor is available for students in the 2008 catalog year and beyond. This minor is not available to students in pending status in a College of Community Innovation and Education teacher certificate program.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Teacher Education (MAT), Science Education program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another field and offers three tracks: biology, chemistry, and physics.

Teacher Education (MAT), Science Education – Biology

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education-Biology program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Biology in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.

The Biology Track is for students seeking certification to teach Biology in grades 6-12.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Teacher Education (MAT), Science Education – Chemistry

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education - Chemistry program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Chemistry in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.

The Chemistry Track is for students seeking certification to teach Chemistry in grades 6-12.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Teacher Education (MAT), Science Education – Physics

The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education - Physics program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Physics in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.

The Physics Track is for students seeking certification to teach Physics in grades 6-12.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Teacher Education (MAT) – Middle School Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate program was created to allow individuals who are not certified to teach to become effective, certified teachers of middle school science education. Graduation from this state-approved MAT includes the successful completion of a 6-hour internship, submission of a comprehensive portfolio, and passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. The Master of Arts in Teaching admits in spring and summer terms only.

The Teacher Education (MAT) Middle School Science Education program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another field seeking certification to teach science in grades 5-9.

If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.

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Secondary Education (MEd) – Science Education

The Science Education track in the Secondary Education MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of certified secondary science teachers, enabling them to expand their subject matter knowledge and professional teaching skills.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy

Education (PhD) - Science Education

This Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare science educators for various career options, including training science teachers, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. The program will assist students in providing options to careers in preparing teachers of science, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. Doctoral students in this track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with the nationally acclaimed Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science. Throughout these activities, students are also mentored by experienced and successful university science education faculty.

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